I have an older brother who thought he was very witty growing up to give me the nickname “Lesley Flona Flumpetine Moss” or Flump for short. Apparently it was in reference to my super human ability to go in the huff. And of course as with all irritating nicknames this stuck.
Of course I like to think I’ve grown up and no longer go in the huff.
Until I started sewing that is.
Currently I’m in the huff with a shirt I’ve been making for Mr King.
I made a waistcoat for Mr King’s Christmas present out of this lovely soft houndstooth using a pattern I got from Love Sewing Magazine. Only as it turns out he didn’t have a suitably casual shirt that would go with it.
So a handy 50% off sale at Remnant Kings in Edinburgh gave me the excuse to have a shot at my 2nd ever man’s shirt using the Burdastyle casual man’s shirt pattern. I lovingly washed the fabric, cut the fabric out, pinned it, sewed it, ironed it. Just before I did the final seam I asked Mr King to try it on so I could get the slim fit that he needs (he’s a skinny malinky long legs as we say in Scotland). I measured the position of the arm pit, the waist and the cuff. Drew a straight line between them and sewed them up using a french seam.
Well the good news is it fits.
The bad news is that Mr King can’t bend his arms at that he elbow without cutting off his circulation.
Cue Mrs King going in the huff (and uttering a few juicy swear words) and living up to my childhood nickname.
Stupid f***ing shirt.
Obvious solution is to make it a short sleeve shirt. Except Mr King doesn’t like short sleeved shirts.
Or this handy pin on Pinterest suggests I could make it into a dress for Mini Me.
If I wasn’t still in the huff both those options could happen.
But they won’t because I’m in the huff.
Instead I’m going to console myself with some pattern shopping. So come on folks – please recommend your favourite men’s shirt patterns that could give Mr King a slim fit shirt to match his waistcoat.