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Added May 9, 2011

by dcollins45

Long Beach, Cali...






Also called a Mexican Wedding Shirt, my husband and I grew up seeing these traditional Latin-American shirts in South Texas. I started with a basic boy’s button up shirt pattern and drafted all the detailed curves and pockets myself.

A traditional Guayabera is pastel colored and has tiny pleats instead of embroidery. My son wanted red and I decided to go with embroidery since I’ve often seen it on modern Guayabera’s and I thought it would be easier.

My son picked the race car buttons and the shapes he wanted on the embroidery. I’m not sure I like how the buttons look, but he sure does!

Material Notes

cotton broadcloth




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    May 19, 2015, 03.16 AMby ttownsend

    Actually the pattern is Simplicity 4287, the Guayabera ,has 25 buttons, and it does have embroidery, the colors are light blue, and cream, it draw less sun, and it is dressy as it is a more casual shirt, men love these shirts, i have made a couple of them, also the pleats and a 2" trim front and back depending on the style that you want, now the new style is called cubavera, similar but in a way different, no fancy pockets, just a few buttons,

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    May 12, 2011, 08.35 PMby tamezdc

    Adorable shirt! Did you use a pattern?

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      May 14, 2011, 06.09 AMby dcollins45

      I used a vintage Simplicity pattern, 6427. It’s actually a boy’s pajama pattern with a basic button up shirt. I drafted the additions (the shoulder yoke, the bottom part, and the pocket tops) by laying out the shirt pattern pieces under tracing paper and drawing what I wanted over them with a design ruler, then adding seam allowances to my new pieces.

      If you try it, don’t forget to overlap the front and back shirt pieces to allow for the seam allowance in the shoulder. I didn’t, and the shoulder yoke almost didn’t reach far enough to fit under the collar. I got away with it, but just barely.

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    May 10, 2011, 02.03 PMby laurenp

    This is so good! Looks beautifully made.

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    May 10, 2011, 11.05 AMby farahajh

    This is very cute. I love the colour and the buttons, that boy knows what he likes!

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