Once a month, Easton’s school has what they call “Wear it Wednesday”. This is a themed day (crazy hair, pajama day, wear it backwards, etc.) where kids wear a reading shirt that they have earned (for meeting reading goals) along with whatever style they feel matches the theme. Today is “Hawaiian Style.” Of course, this month we waited to put something together. Stores don’t really carry this style of shirts for boys and we didn’t have time to wait for something online (and some were quite expensive)…. so I whipped up a shirt of my own:
In the past, I have used Blank Slate’s Bookwork Button-up, but Easton has finally outgrown the size range so I was forced to find a new pattern. I wound up buying Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Classic Oxford Button-Up (which goes to a size 12, so I can use it again next year) and found a blue tropical shirting print that was perfect for boys.
Before I get into a quick review of the pattern, let me say that this may be the fastest I have ever put together a button down shirt – under 3 hours (a lot of this is due to the fact I didn’t have to mess with sleeve plackets and tabs and didn’t make any changes to the pattern). Things went together very well (except for the shirt pleat on the back of the shirt, it seemed too small so I wound up enlarging it to fit the yoke) and the directions were easy to follow….. with that said, I have made several button down shirts before so that really helped with the instructions and making things come together much faster. If you are an absolute beginner, I would recommend waiting to stitch this one up until you have a bit of experience under your belt. It’s not that it’s terribly difficult, but there are a lot of elements that might be frustrating (plackets, collar stands, buttonholes). As far as the fit, I think this one looks good on Easton (even though you can’t tell because he’s left it unbuttoned) and I like the length on him as well.
The total price of this project (pattern and fabric only, the interfacing and buttons I had on hand) wound up being right at $21 – which is comparable to what you might find online. So, I didn’t save any money, but Easton did get a great fitting custom shirt that he says is his favorite so far!