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The Aspen polo shirt (menswear)

Menswear. It tends to be a forgotten about part of dressmaking in my world. Let’s face it – why would we bother making stuff for our partners/ dads/ brothers/ friends when we could be making lots of pretty dresses for ourselves!!! ๐Ÿคฃ (that’s assuming the majority of you reading this are women by the way…)

But since I’ve gotten into the groove of making all my gifts rather than buying them, sometimes I just have to suck it up and do it!

For Father’s Day (here in the UK), my dad asked for some new t-shirts which, considering he’s not bought himself new clothes for a very long time, I thought was a very reasonable request.

I opted to try out the Aspen polo shirt from issue 3 of the La Maison Victor magazine. (I got mine from a WHSmiths if you’re looking one).

The t-shirt wasn’t anything too fancy – a regular fit short sleeve shirt with a collar and popover placket. It looked classic which was exactly what I wanted.

I chose some rib knit jerseys from Stoff & Stil for this project. Now these are 1×1 rib knits which means at first glance they don’t look like a rib as the surface is still really smooth but they have lots of stretch in them. It gives a great balance of comfort and luxury with a heavier weight fabric.

The pattern ended up being absolutely perfect. It went together beautifully and the instructions were pretty clear – I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a polo shirt!

I sewed it all up using a walking foot on my regular machine and then overlocked the edges. I had to do it in two stages purely because I didn’t have the right colour overlocker thread and didn’t want to risk anything showing through!

It fitted on the first go so I’m super pleased with how it all turned out! I even got round to making him a second one!

(My dad was too embarrassed to have his photo taken for the blog and asked me to crop out his head! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

I chose a contrasting collar, cuffs and placket for this second t-shirt which I think worked really well.

I like to idea of hacking the pattern further and doing some stripes or colour blocking. I think it could be a great way of using smaller pieces of fabric. Not that they use up that much fabric anyway – just over a metre each – but it’ll be a great way to maximise the yardage!

I’ve got a few more colours of this kind of jersey in the stash so I’ve a feeling I’ve be producing a few more of these for him in the future!

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  1. Wow, these look fantastic ๐Ÿ‘ better than the ones in the magazine! ๐Ÿ‘ Iโ€™ve been wanting to make polo shirts for ever! (They were my wardrobe staple back when I was buying clothes!) Iโ€™ve got the pattern, but Iโ€™ve been waiting for the right fabric to surface… yours looks spot on โœ…๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

    1. Ooo defo try the Stoff & Stil ones. My dad really liked the weight and feel of them. They donโ€™t have any exciting prints in this range but theyโ€™ve got a lot of colours so you could do some colour blocking if youโ€™re into that! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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