Three years ago I made a shirt for The Preacher. At the time I wasn't sure that it was a success, but he really liked it and continues to wear it often and really appreciate it. Decent quality shirting fabrics are really hard to come by locally so I don't do a lot of sewing for him. Okay, that's just an excuse. I bought a nice piece of shirting cotton in NY with him in mind more than 18 months ago and didn't do anything with it until now.
It was The Preacher's birthday at the beginning of November, so I did some stealthy sewing and worked on this without him knowing. The sewing was stealthy, I guess, but the idea of this shirt wasn't really. He knew about the fabric when I bought it and had talked about making it a couple of times. I had tried to talk him into a trimmer fit and I thought the sleeves were too long, but he really didn't like those ideas. Thankfully, I came to my senses and realized that if you're going to have the luxury of a "custom" shirt, then you should get to have it how you want. So this was made just like the first one.
I had to give it to him without buttons because I didn't have any on hand that would work. I also wanted his opinion about which kind he would like. Then after I got the buttons, my machine needed some professional attention so the buttonholes had to wait. The Preacher waited patiently, but was very happy to wear his shirt when it was finally finished.
*If you haven't been following along very long, The Preacher is aka my husband.