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Shirts for the Boy

My son has been in need of some more long-sleeved shirts for a few weeks. His patience was rewarded a couple of weeks ago with two new shirts, both from Ottobre patterns.

The first was this collared polo shirt, #20 from the 4/2012 issue.

Polo Shirt: Ottobre 4/2012 #20

The striped fabric is a nice pique knit. It has a good weight but a good amount of stretch, too. I'm happy with how the stripes match across the body and sleeves.

Polo Shirt: Ottobre 4/2012 #20

The instructions for the placket were beyond puzzling to me. I should have just ignored the pattern pieces and instructions and used the same method I do for sleeve plackets. In the end, it looks okay from the outside, but the inside leaves much to be desired. The collar and stand is cut in one piece - not my usual preference, but I thought I'd give it a chance here and I'm happy with it. I stitched along the fold line and pressed along it well to help keep it in place.

The second is a long-sleeved T-shirt with some sleeve details, Ottobre 1/2010 #24. The fabric is leftover from this dress project.

Long-Sleeved T: Ottobre 1/2010 #24

Instead of cutting a separate panel for the center of the sleeves, I just added the solid piece on top. The instructions for the pocket were good and it was easy to construct. I like the interest that it adds.

Long-Sleeved T: Ottobre 1/2010 #24

I opted for a snap closure rather than Velcro as suggested. I find Velcro to be a laundry menace. The girls' tights always seem to get the worst of it...


  1. Those are two amazing shirts for you son. Fantastic job.

  2. What handsome shirts for your boy. I love the pockets on the sleeves. Great job!


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