Aloha shirts have always been a favorite of mine. I have a closet full of Aloha Shirts I have found at thrift shops. A year ago, while hunting around a local thrift shop, Mrs. Rat discovered an uncut 1960’s era Aloha shirt pattern by Patterns Pacifica. I was pretty stoked although I kept putting off making my own shirt despite the fact that I already had accumulated a number of Aloha print fabrics. This month I decided to give this pattern a shot. We found 4 yards of this beautiful seascape fabric at another thrift shop. Since we had so much I thought it would make a really nice shirt to do as much pattern matching as possible. We managed to match up the entire front of the shirt and pocket as one continuous seascape scene. I sewed the shirt using the reverse side of the fabric and authentic coconut shell buttons salvaged from a previous shirt. These details give it that Aloha shirt authenticity. The construction was amazingly simple and fast. It took me only one afternoon and 3 evenings to finish this shirt from start to finish. The collar definitely has 60’s era flare. At first I was a little wary about a collar this large, but the more I wear the shirt, the more I like it for that unique detail. What’s wrong with a big collar anyway? I am really happy with the way this pattern turned out and will definitely make a few more.
Mr and Mrs Rat
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