|Sis Boom Ethan Boys Button Down Shirt|
I knew I wanted to try a new pattern with less ease than the Jalie we had been using for more than a few years. I couldn't find one, so I turned to my fellow sewists on Pattern Review and posed the question about a shirt for him. He was getting to the point of even fewer patterns for teen size boys who don't fit into the very few men's patterns. And of course, they came through with not one, but multiple ideas. They saved me. I was thinking of drafting a pattern, but that little white dress sucked up time.
It took a couple of weeks to get him to help me with a color. I eventually got him to Joann's and I stood him in front of the Kona Cottons. He picked out Cool Grey. Since I only had one 50% off coupon, and the Kona wasn't on sale, I told him that I had that at home in the stash. I had bought it to make Mr. Toad a shirt.
|Ethan Shirt--pieces laid out, the back, front and sleeves|
are on the ironing board
So I looked at patterns and finally decided to try a new to me company. The new shirt, Sis Boom Ethan Boys Button-Up shirt is available in their Etsy shop or on Pattern Review. It is a pdf download that you piece together. It was about $9 and had multiple sizes that end at size 14. I figured I had a year or of use for Middle Son and Youngest Son would fit for even more.
|The front band sew correctly.|
Luckily, I remeasured Middle Son the night before and grabbed the missing ones in the morning. The kid had turned into a size 14 in two months!
|Pin the front to the right side of yoke|
Usually, I trace my downloaded patterns because they have multiple sizes. Not this one. Only one size with multiple lengths. AWESOME. I went for the longest. Hey, who knows how much the kid might grow while at school.
|Roll front and back together and pin yokes around rolled up|
fronts and back and sew
Luckily, there was more than enough to work around the spots. Youngest Son was home sick and was excited that he had scraps to make pillows and a "shirt" for one of his stuffed animals.
|After sewing the yokes to front, pull everything through|
the neck hole
Sewing the fronts to the yoke is always amazing. Pinning the fronts to the front yoke, then rolling up the front and back and wrapping the back yoke and pinning so that it can be sewn is kind of fun. Once it is flipped out, I use it as a stopping point.
|After pressing and top stitching it starts to look like a shirt.|
- Attaching sleeves
- Collar band
- Side seams