sewing snark – brown shirt

Mar 12 2013

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As my interest in posting photos of bicycles owned by people with low self esteem has waned, I have decided that it is time to find a more sustainable line of content. I will now be posting more of my sewn items here. I have sewn many things since the inception of this website, but very few (only one in fact) have been posted. This is because I’m a lazy bastard. It is also because I don’t really have a strong desire to put myself out there. To allow things that I have created to be scrutinized. I’m too insecure and vain at the same time. Well, I’m going to try and get over that and post a bit more, for the better of the site. Since clearly my contribution will better the site. Alrighty, on with the sewing content!


Here is a shirt that I made for one Muhtick (the curator of metapause). I used pattern 129 from the 05/2011 issue of Burdastyle. The link is to the Russian Burdastyle site, which has far more content and user activity than the American one. And if you check out the projects posted there for this pattern, you will also find amazing style!


I cut the smallest size (48), which fit him well in the neck and shoulders, although I tapered the pattern in to give it a slimmer fit by slashing the pattern pieces up the middle then overlapping the bottom hem line by a couple centimetres. I only sewed on the collar stand and not the collar, as this is a style that Mr. M likes, and I’m also happy with it as it means I don’t have to sew a collar! For the top button placket I made a separate pattern piece rather than just folding the fabric under. For the sleeve plackets I used this method posted by Pam at her blog. Other methods for sewing sleeve plackets seem kind of daunting and finicky, but I find this to be quite easy and straightforward.

I used a bottom weight stretch cotton, so it’s quite thick. The pattern is actually a tiny herringbone, and Muhtick preferred the textured reverse side of the fabric so the wrong side has become the right side. The contrasting stitching was also his vision. What style!




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6 Responses to sewing snark – brown shirt

  1. Muhtick says:

    I look fucking dope-pot-joint-stick-reefer-doobie. Nice to have you back. How ironic, the snarkster who fears the snark. The great circle of irony shirts is complete.

  2. Luther Vandross says:

    This is a fantastic shirt. I really like the contrast stitching and I have pockets that do the same thingy at the top and think its the bomb. Well done stitch wizard. When are you going to start your clothing empire, snark?

    • the_snarkster the_snarkster says:

      I think sewing would become pure tedium if it were at the empire level. I’ve also discovered that I can make far more money counting birds than I could ever hope to make sewing, and it is just not worth my precious time to sew for money. I only sew for praise now.

      • Luther Vandross says:

        Well, praise you will receive. Is that collar the same as preacher style or would that be different?

        • the_snarkster the_snarkster says:

          There is NO collar, just the collar stand! I guess the collar stand becomes the collar. I think you could call it a mandarin collar or a band collar. But basically it is collarless. Pretty sure preacher collars are something different, they have a band that goes all the way around the front.

  3. larrybrains larrybrains says:

    I like the collar stand and think we should do away entirely with traditional collars. Let us stand united for a collar stand only world!

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