Fundamentals of Apparel Construction: The Pajama Shirt

Here is my 2nd project for my fundamentals of apparel construction course. It took me longer to finish than I expected, but I am very proud of the end result.
A few weeks ago I cut out the pattern for this shirt seen here, and after two full in-class sessions I finally completed the second project for my fundamentals of apparel construction course. Even though I have always loved menswear and fashion in general, making this shirt and these pajama pants have given me a greater appreciation for clothing because now I know the amount of time and energy that goes into creating simple every day garments.

Pajama Shirt Collar
Firstly, I am not a fan of this style of collar but since this a pajama shirt, it is pretty much the standard style. As a result, I will most likely be wearing this as an over shirt  for those cool summer evening. Hence the reason I chose this hefty green flannel fabric.
Patch Pockets…
Ironically, I thought making and attaching this patch pocket would be the easiest part of creating this shirt (besides cutting out the pattern), but it actually gave me some problems. At first I had a difficult time stitching that closely to the edge of the pocket without veering off. Then, I also had a difficult time pivoting the needle so that it could be a clean finish. However, after some practice I think I actually did a pretty good job.
Machine Stitched Buttonholes..
Hand stitched wooden buttons…

Due to my appreciation for traditional tailoring, I thought making button holes would be very challenging because I thought we would have to sew them by hand. However, I was pleased to learn that our sewing lab was equipped with a button hole making machine. Therefore, I just needed to sew the individual button by hand.

All in all, I am very proud of myself and I can’t wait to present my final project.

As always, thanks for reading!

Yours Truly,

Akil McLeod

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