The surf shirt

My beloved has her own unique sense of style. Surf shirts have always been among her favourites, and in recent weeks I’ve mended a couple of soft, well worn rayon surf shirts whose buttons have pulled right through the fabric, or have worn into holes in random places. In the past I made a surf short complete with an underwater scene includign sharks (needless to say, chosen by her good self). Her friend inherited a substantial quantity of fabric, and thought of Sal when she saw this high quality cotton fabric with its classic hibiscus and frangipani print.

This is my go-to short pattern, McCall’s 9579 in M. And if I might say so myself, my best ever attempt at pattern matching (the vanishing pocket). It was chosen as part of her outfit for a recent big celebration in her family. Need I say more?


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4 responses to “The surf shirt

  1. Excellent job. BTW when you were repairing the torn button placket on the rayon shirts did you reinforce and then restitch or replace it completely. I ask because my partner has also been buying up a lot of these shirts lately. The quality is quite variable, but luckily he’s found several well made cotton ones recently.

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    • The placket had been created by folding over the front edge, and I had no way to match the fabric. So I reinforced the front edge with a new hidden layer and restitched. The quality is highly variable, but clearly the softness of the fabric, especially once well washed and worn, is part of the attraction!


  2. Very good taste in shirts! Have always loved what here are usually called Hawaiian shirts. Fabulous job with the invisible pocket…which I cannot find.
    : )

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