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Chambray shirt for Erik

Added Mar 26, 2017

by Maria Hayek

Asker, Norway






This one I actually made secretly during November-December las year as a Christmas gift for my husband. He normally leaves for work an hour earlier than me and I used this hour to work on this shirt then hide all evidence before I leave for work myself :)

This is BurdaStyle #7045 variation B. And since it was my first ever proper shirt, I followed the instructions to the letter! This shirt has all the standard stuff: tower placket, collar with a stand and a breast pocket. I’ve done the whole thing, the only modifications I made was to replace all buttons with snaps (I didn’t want to compromise all the the effort and precision by adding bad buttonholes…I still suck at buttonholes unfortunately), and I rounded the hem.

I’m super happy with the outcome, the husband was impressed too but he wore it only once so far so not sure how much he likes it…but hey, of he doesn’t I can always transform it into something or me :D

Material Notes

100% cotton chambray




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Business

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    Apr 18, 2017, 01.11 PMby liliv-1

    It’s a very sweet gift and so well made!

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      Apr 18, 2017, 07.52 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Mar 30, 2017, 07.49 PMby zoaki

    Impressive work!

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      Mar 31, 2017, 05.07 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Mar 30, 2017, 04.55 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    It is wonderful outcome of your secret work:-) The fabric matched very well so the shirt looks very elegant, suits your husband and fits him greatly… I guess he impressed indeed and admires his wife’s skills and love.

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      Mar 31, 2017, 05.06 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thanks Oksana! He is :D He’s generally very supportive and encourages me sewing. And given that I don’t get a wow on every project, I believe there’s honest feedback too :D

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    Mar 30, 2017, 12.39 AMby Tzai

    I’m sure he was surprised and happy with his new shirt, I admire your will on sewing early in the morning and keeping it a secret, the shirt looks great on him and I’m with you on using snaps, it’s cool and efficient :)

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      Mar 30, 2017, 06.09 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thanks so much Aida! yeah, maybe one day when I finally remember how to get it right with my machine I’ll like buttons too, but for now buttonholes are still my nightmare and I use snaps when I can :D

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    Mar 29, 2017, 11.36 AMby lisascarolina

    Great looking shirt! What a thoughtful Christmas gift for your husband. :)

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      Mar 30, 2017, 06.07 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much Lisa :)

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    Mar 28, 2017, 07.11 PMby Mary Athey

    This is such a lovely shirt and I can tell your husband was delighted with his surprise x

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      Mar 29, 2017, 06.18 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thanks Mary! He was :) He’s actually wearing it to work these days too :)

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    Mar 28, 2017, 07.43 AMby TeenyUK

    Brilliant, Maria! I can’t believe you pulled that off in secret! He needs to wear it more often, that Erik boy :)

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      Mar 28, 2017, 10.56 AMby Maria Hayek

      :D :D :D
      Thank you so much! I hope he does :D

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    Mar 28, 2017, 05.42 AMby Maria Loupa

    Hello Maria your shirt looks great, wow Maria secret sewing every morning , I would sew a mess. I like the fit and the fabric looks like a light weight denim in a beautiful colour. It suits your husband great so he must wear it more. Have a nice week.

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      Mar 28, 2017, 05.47 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much Maria :) The fabric is chambray so it does feel like light weight denim, and I do hope he wears it more :)

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    Mar 26, 2017, 08.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Du kan være stolt av denne! Veldig flott skjorte!

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      Mar 27, 2017, 06.00 AMby Maria Hayek

      Tusen takk Ellen :) Jeg er det! Og har allerede 3 mer planlagt :D Dame skjorter da :)

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    Mar 26, 2017, 08.30 PMby Beccki

    Wow Maria an hour secret sewing each morning well done, I love the shirt it looks great your hubby is one lucky man.

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      Mar 27, 2017, 05.59 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Beccki :) I think you’re right. He is lucky :p

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