At the end of August my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. Seeing that our anniversary often falls right at the beginning of the new school year, it's not always easy for us to get away and celebrate though we did manage a mid-day lunch meet up. But, despite the lack of fancy trips or dinner dates, it's still always nice to do something sweet and meaningful for the occasion.
For all 13 years now I have been following the "traditional anniversary" gift ideas that go along with that year's anniversary number. Sometimes that can be difficult especially for men...though I've become pretty good at working it in in some fashion. Last year was linen and I made my husband a pretty sweet lunch bag, which he still uses on a daily basis! This year's theme was lace and textiles...
Now, lace didn't seem like a reasonable gift so I went instead with textiles.
That I can do!
The shorts are the juba shorts pattern which I already know fit well and know that he likes because he wears his other (1, 2, & 3) pairs all the time. The fabric is the same Pin Dot Chambray as with Henry's shorts and for the pockets I used the reverse side of the fabric to add a small contrast...
Inside though, where no one can see, I managed to sneak in a little lace after all...
The shirt, is the Strathcona and, well I'm embarrassed to admit, but this pattern has been sitting "on deck" since last Christmas and I just now got around to making it!
I will definitely need to make more though! It fits perfectly!
Though despite having pre-washed the fabric - a super soft and comfy herringbone knit from Imagine Gnats - it did shrink a bit in length. I will surely need to take that into account the next time as part of the issue with RTW tees for my husband all the time is the length as he is 6'4"!
I love the neckline of this tee, it's a little wider than most RTW shirts which gives it a bit of a different look.
I also really love the sleeve length, it is a bit longer and slimmer than most t-shirts which makes it seem a little "dressier" than most tees, I think.
I'm fairly certain he wasn't expecting some handmade clothes for an anniversary gift this year, but hey, it fit with the theme and who wouldn't want some handmade clothes for a gift?
Not to mention, in the past month both pieces have been in heavy rotation! Next up...long-sleeved Strathconas, if they can ever squeeze their way to the top of the "to make list" that is!