Looking for a cute handmade shirt to add to your daughter’s wardrobe?
MAKE THIS: Button Shoulder Shirt, with Free Pattern sz. 7/8 kids
The button shoulder shirt adds fabulous little details to a classic silhouette, with button tabs at the shoulders, slight cap sleeves, side shirt vent, and a button loop closure on the upper back neckline. With a classic boxy shirt shape, your little one will have room to move and play while still looking dressed up. A great pattern for an adventurous beginner, someone who knows their way around the sewing machine and loves to try new things.
BUTTON SHOULDER SHIRT
- Button Shoulder Shirt Pattern, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
- 1 yd Woven Fabric
- 2″ length of elastic string
- (3) Buttons
- Thread & Needle
- Basic Sewing Essentials
Fabric used for the shirt seen in these photos: Nani Iro – Mountain Views
Print out pattern pages and tape together as instructed. Cut out pattern pieces from fabric.
Step One: Finish all raw edges of the pocket with either a serger, zigzag stitch, or pinking shears.
Step Two: Fold the side and bottom edges 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press. Fold the top edge 1″ towards the wrong side and press. Sew the bottom edge of the top fold in place with a straight stitch.
Step Three: Place pocket on Shirt Front and pin sides and bottom edge. Sew around the sides and bottom, 1/8″ away from the edge.
Step Four: Using a serger, zigzag stitch, or pinking shears finish the raw edges of the side seams and bottom edge of Shirt Front and Shirt Back.
Step Five: Place the shirt Front and Back right sides together and pin shoulder seams and side seams. Make a mark on your shoulder seam, 3/4″ after the arm facing shadow begins on the pattern. This is where you will sew your shoulder seam until. Press open. Now on the side seam, measure 2.5″ up from the bottom on each side seam and mark. Sew your side seams until you reach this mark, leaving the bottom 2.5″ unsewn for each side. Press all seams open.
Step Six: Place Front and Back neckline facings right sides together, pin shoulder seams and sew. Press seam open. Place (2) mirror image arm facings right sides together, pin the shoulder seam and side seams. The shoulder seam should be only 3/4″ wide, same as the marking we did in the previous step. Sew and press seams open. Repeat for other (2) arm facings.
Step Seven: Fold the inner edge of each arm facing 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press. Slip arm facing around the shirt’s armsyce, matching up the raw edges and pin. Sew around, pivoting the needle as you sew. Clip all seams carefully.
Step Eight: Turn arm facing towards the inside of the shirt, push out button tabs, and press. Pin the arm facing to the armsyce, enclosing all raw edges, and sew around to secure. Repeat for other armsyce and arm facing.
Step Nine: Cut a slit in the back center of your Back Shirt and Back Facing, down to the ‘back opening’ mark. Fold your elastic thread in half, creating a loop, and pin to the back center slit of your shirt 3/4″ down from the neckline. Baste stitch 1/4″ away from the edge to secure.
Step Ten: Pin the neckline facing to your shirt neckline, right sides together, matching up all seams and pin. Sew around, pivoting your needle at the back slit to go around the opening.
Step Eleven: Clip all seams, and finish the outer edge of your neckline facing with either a serger, zigzag stitch or pinking shears. Turn facing towards the inside of the shirt, push out all edges, and press. Sew around the neckline 1/4″ away from the neckline to secure.
Step Twelve: Fold the bottom hem 1″ towards the wrong side and press for both the Front and Back. Sew around, working your way up and around the side seams to secure the side vents in place.
Step Thirteen: Overlap the button shoulder tabs, and sew on a button to secure. Repeat for both sleeves.
Step Fourteen: Sew a button onto the back opening, opposite the loop closure.
And you are finished!
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