|This multi-sized shirt pattern is great for boys/men of all ages! I placed some of the pieces on the bias to highlight the plaid fabric.|
Shirt for boys, teens and men:
Short or long-sleeved shirt with relaxed fit, adjustable button cuff on long-sleeve style, box pleat in back, lined banded buttondown collar, chest pocket.
Boys/Teens: 2-14 (basically corresponds to age)
Men: 34-50 (US),
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, for the most part. The left front buttonhole placket was a little tricky to get my head around at first.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a classic shirt, and best of all it's in a huge range of sizes! I can use this pattern for my boys as they grow up.
Cotton flannel, plaid.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Since I was using plaid, I wanted to highlight this as found in many RTW plaid shirts.
The biggest design change I did was to modify the left front to have a buttonhole placket on the bias. I cut this portion off the left front pattern piece, then created a separate piece for the placket. Result: it worked out OK, but the seam where the placket is attached to the left front sits on top right at a fold, and it's quite bulky, whereas the outside edge of the buttonhole placket (that overlaps on the right front) is just fabric on the fold (this is extremely hard to explain!). The whole buttonhole placket just feels a bit unbalanced, and I'd like to figure out a better approach for next time...IF I do plaid again!
Other design changes were minor, mainly placing several pieces on the bias: pockets, collar band (inner), cuffs, sleeve plackets, back yoke. I also lined the back yoke with a fine cotton jersey instead of self fabric.
I used Pamela Erny's collar technique, which turned out pretty neatly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes!
It's a classic shirt style, which I'd say looks more of a casual style since it's quite boxy/roomy. It makes a great layering shirt, over a Tshirt.
I made straight sizes 6 and 8, which are a little big for them right now. Next time I'd make the shirts to better reflect their body measurements, which would encompass 3 or 4 actual sizes (much like what I do on my own patterns!) Getting a closer fit across the back/shoulders would be nice, and I would probably eliminate the back pleat.
And I'm not sure if I'll use plaid again!!! More about the adventure on my blog!