Creation: Stylish Striped Rugby Shirt
Fabrics Used: Midnight Blue and Pink Striped Interlock
The Visionary: Peter, Male Pattern Boldness
Our Thoughts: Peter at Male Pattern Boldness created a funky rugby shirt using our Midnight blue and pink striped Interlock. How cool does he look?
I just made my very first rugby shirt!
Now, I know about as much about rugby as I do cricket, croquet, lacrosse, jai alai, polo, and mahjong, which is to say, nothing at all. But I do like the preppy look of a striped rugby shirt.
I chose a classic pink and midnight blue-striped cotton interlock from Organic Cotton Plus to make a rugby shirt. Since I knew I'd need a sturdy woven cotton for the cuffs and collar, I chose a tightly woven, slightly stiff white cotton percale.
The pattern I used for my shirt is one of my favorites, vintage Butterick 4712. I'd been wanting to make the rugby-style shirt on the pattern envelope for years and here was my chance!
I made only one significant change to the pattern. Rather than use the center-front opening placket pattern piece (below right) which included a facing and attached to a one-piece collar, I traced the center-front placket pattern piece from David Coffin's classic book, Shirtmaking (p. 74), which allowed me to add a traditional collar and collar stand.
I added two buttons to the cuffs instead of just one. The chunky white buttons are vintage plastic from my stash.
Since this is a long-sleeve shirt, I can wear it all year round -- and I intend to!
Have a great day, everybody!