A handmade new shirt for the boy

Boy shirt handmade front at Bristol water side 3

Long time readers may remember the boy’s VW Camper van shirt I made a while back. He has loved it and worn it tons, but now it’s too small. Sigh. How they grow.

Pauses long enough to reflect. Then…

Cue more fabric. Same pattern. Just bigger.

Boy shirt handmade front at SS Great Britain Bristol

I knew he would love the anchor fabric. It’s thinner fabric, but perfect for all the hot weather we are going to get this summer. She says with optimism.

I’m always more comfortable handstitching this fabric weight as opposed to machining it. Results in a better finish. I used the machine for most of it, but finished the last bits by hand.

Boy shirt handmade anchor at SS Great Britain Bristol

Maybe not the perfect fabric weight for a windy day. Ah well. Needs must when your mother requires photos. We took him to the waterfront in Bristol. Down near the SS Great Britain. They have big anchors, which are perfect for a boy to climb and pose for photos in his anchor themed shirt. Even in the wind.

Boy shirt handmade front at Bristol water side

I love how Bristol has morphed in the time I’ve worked here. The waterfront and centre really are bustling areas now. The modern mixed in with the old. Of course, it’s always fun to watch the ferries and admire the moored boats.

Boy shirt handmade goofing at SS Great Britain Bristol

Right. Back to the shirt. I think all the balancing on bollards prove the new shirt is a comfortable fit. Doesn’t prevent goofing around, and boys being boys.

Boy shirt handmade front at Bristol water side 2

He got a little overwhelmed being the centre of attention. Fortunately big sister was there to help. She suggested certain poses, and jumped out of most photos in time. Caught her this time.

Joining in with Fiona’s inspiring #CountryKids Linky. He did have fun on the waterside. A country kid in the city!



Sewing details

Pattern: Simplicity 5581 Boy’s medium (from stash)
Fabric: Sky & Royal Blue Nautical Anchor Print Cotton Dress Fabric from Minerva Crafts
Buttons: Local fabric shop


1. Copied the pattern on to stronger paper. I’ll be using this size a few more times.

2. No need for me to make any changes to the pattern. Children are so easy to sew for!

3. Straight forward pattern, as before, although I did muck up the collar at the back. I cut to the wrong place. It was late at night. I know its a bit bulkier, but I doubt anyone else could tell.

4. Buttonholes are on the wrong side. Distracted at the wrong moment. Never mind. I’m over it.

5. Used lighter weight interfacing this time. Collar has turned out flatter (apart from mistake) and behaves better than last time.

Did I mention he has already picked out his next fabric for a shirt? Retro sports cars, this time. I wonder where I’ll take him for the photos for this one……

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16 thoughts on “A handmade new shirt for the boy

  • Tuesday 19 May, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I love the fabric you haver chosen. I was looking at shirt pattern today but I’m just not brave enough yet!

    • Tuesday 19 May, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      I’m sure you would manage just fine to make a shirt or two. Not as hard as you think. 🙂

  • Saturday 23 May, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Nice shirt, and love the photo shoot. I took N to Bristol for a few days away last Summer, and stayed just off the water front. We really enjoyed our break there, there’s so much to see and do. #countrykids

    • Saturday 23 May, 2015 at 1:04 am

      I love Bristol. There is always lots going on.

  • Saturday 23 May, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I don’t know Bristol at all but it looks wonderful down on the waterfront there. I am totally in awe of your sewing as someone who can’t stitch a thing. I love the fabric and the style looks very grown up on your son. A lovely breath of fresh air even if it was mainly to capture your photos, it still got you all outside! Thank you for joining me for Country Kids.

    • Saturday 23 May, 2015 at 1:09 am

      They certainly got plenty of fresh air. Lots of running around and climbing. I was lucky to get any photos. Best laid plans!

  • Sunday 24 May, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Love the shirt! Fit into the Harbouside scene. Love it there and we always go (we are actually there earlier) to see its beauty plus theres always some event happening =) #countrykids

    • Thursday 28 May, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      It is a busy area. We were there again yesterday. Lovely watching the boats.

  • Tuesday 26 May, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Great shirt and clever you for making it, I wouldn’t know where to start!! We’re due to head up to Bristol next month for the Natural History festival and I can’t wait to explore the Waterfront!

    • Thursday 28 May, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Enjoy your trip to Bristol. So many things to do.

  • Tuesday 26 May, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Amazing! You are so creative and what a great place to photograph your handiwork too. #countrykids

    • Thursday 28 May, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Makes for a more interesting back drop. Trying to be more creative with my locations.

  • Wednesday 27 May, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Oh wow, gorgeous fabric and so perfect for your day out 🙂 I can’t do any sewing (or crafting!) at all, so think you’re absolutely amazing! #countrykids

    • Thursday 28 May, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      You aer kind! Just right for looking at boats.

  • Thursday 28 May, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    love the fabric you chose!
    and the photoshoot is just perfection! a fun outing in a fun shirt, what more could one ask for?!?

    • Friday 29 May, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      It was funny trying to persuade him to keep still enough for a photo.

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