Unbeknown to each other, Tereasa from Navybluethreads and myself have found ourselves in the same place in life again: frantically making shirts for our sons, who have discovered that mum has neglegted them sewingwise for far too long. Teresa is going down the print road with her son’s shirt while over here Child 2 asked for a white shirt. Really he wants a suit, shirt and tie, but I just found that a bit too neo-con for a twelve-year old (remember there are no school uniforms here, so normally, a boy only gets his first suit for dancing lessons, if that), so I made him a navy pseudo-suit type jacket from sweat shirt fabric (unblogged) and now a white shirt.
I spent a couple of hours tonight and so far things are looking rather well:
I cut corners by not interfacing the button band and that shows through a bit, but I suppose once the band is closed it’s gonna be fine – I hope at least…
I used a Burda boys pattern in a size 156, but Child 2 has grown since I first made the patterns and is now more like a size 164, outside the Burda kids size range, but not inside the men’s range. So I just lengthened the pattern and put in a little pleat at the back to get some extra room.
The sleeve placket turned out really well:
I made them in about 20 minutes at the end of a long day spent sniffling with a head cold and not really on top of things – I sometimes think this is the best way of not overthinking scary sewing stuff. These are the best plackets I ever made, that’s for sure.
Clearly, my iron has issues and spouted water everywhere – I think we might have to part ways soon.
Originally I wanted to make a tower placket, but even after watching a couple of tutorials I couldn’t get my head around them, so they are left for another day with more brain power.
So I think a couple of hours well spent and a long way towards Child 2 actually getting something with long sleeves on him. He said we could also go and buy some shirts, but of course they wouldn’t be as good quality as if mom made them. Well, what can i say?! He knows how to play me…
In other sewing news I went to the fabric market on Saturday: