Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Check heaven

Added Jun 28, 2010

by sary-bears

Forest Of Dean /...






At a vintage fair my boyfriend found a red gingham shirt with pearl-topped poppers that he loved but was pretty gutted when it didn’t fit. So I decided that I would give it go and here is the result.

This is my first attempt at following a pattern and I admit that it took me quite while, as had a few issues… I didn’t check the size of the pattern when I printed it out and it was really large, which meant I needed to cut it down quite substantially first. Rookie error.
I found the instructions for the slits on the sleeve quite confusing ( I’m putting it down to inexperience) and muddled through before finding a tutorial for placket cuffs which is much easier. Definitely recommend having a look first.

I changed some of the styling too. I added the section down the centre back panel by sewing the channel first before tracing the pattern piece on top. Also, I redrafted the yoke so that it met this section at a point. The yoke, collar stand, collar, pocket centre and sleeve facings are all cut with the checks at an angle for added interest. I omitted the buttons in favour of poppers. I think the pocket is a little high, as like I said, had a few issues with the sizing but doesn’t look too bad. Overall, not too shabby first attempt at the pattern Jakob.

Material Notes

Red Gingham cotton
11 Pearl snap poppers



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

5 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Lagness_large

    Jul 14, 2010, 03.12 PMby sary-bears

    Thanks for the comments everyone! Glad other people like it too… Actually, I feel inspired to start attempt no. 2, like right now, blue with white polka dots I think!

  • Headshot_large

    Jun 29, 2010, 01.30 AMby tinybows

    YESSSSSSSSSSS. I seriously adore boyfriend sewing projects. This looks really cool! And you did a seriously great job!

  • Img_20101016_132247_large

    Jun 28, 2010, 11.11 PMby twoboos

    WOW!!! this is AWESOME!!!! I love the detail on the pocket and it fits really well… well done! can’t wait to see what you make next!

  • 13423997_1110409629018654_6899240259296065445_n_large

    Jun 28, 2010, 10.40 PMby mandicoulter

    It looks great despite the rookie error!! :) good job!

  • Birds_large

    Jun 28, 2010, 08.03 PMby zickzack

    I don’t think it’s shabby at all. The details are a nice personal touch and I love it with snaps!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 3 people added it

This project is based on