The return of the VW Camper van shirt

VW Camper van shirt close upFinal Summer sewing completed, this weekend. Too late for this Summer, but I like to think I’m well ahead for next year.

camper van shirt matching fronts

Any long term readers of my blog would be forgiven for thinking that this shirt seems slightly familiar. Mmm. It is. Back in 2013, I made a smaller version of it. Using the same fabric and same pattern. The boy loved it and wore it almost everywhere, until the inevitable happened. He grew too big for it.

VW Camper van shirt on the beach

In the meantime, my husband has been dropping hints about how much he likes it and would like his own version. I’ve hung back. Not wishing son and father to sport the same shirt, at the same time. Too much of a good thing, me thinks.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure how I’d cope with them wearing the same shirts at the same time.

Even if I walked a good few yards behind them.

No, nothing to do with me. They are on their own.vw camper van shirt man and boy version


Fortunately, I don’t need to find out. Now the first shirt is redundant, I seized my chance and made a much bigger version.

It’s the first time I’ve sewn something for my husband. Incredible, I know. Although before you feel too sorry for him, he does have a good supply of home knitted socks.

He is very pleased with his new shirt. Even said that he’d like me to sew something else for him in the future. I’d say that is positive. Almost a ringing endorsement.VW Camper van shirt on the beach with dogs

It’s the perfect shirt for walking the dogs on the beach.

Perfect ……for next Summer.

Sewing details:

Fabric and thread: Minerva Crafts (Sky blue retro caravan print cotton poplin fabric)
Pattern:Simplicity 5581
Buttons: Mandy’s Wool, Wells

vw camper van shirt detail


  • Simplicity 5581 has both the boy’s and man’s patterns. Apart from the size difference, the patterns are pretty similar.
  • The style of the shirt is loose and long. The shoulders fit well, but it is very loose around the waist. My husband, who is over 6 foot, needed the hem taken up by 2 inches.

This is the fourth time using Simplicity 5581. First time making the man’s version. Previous:

VW camper van boy shirt
Anchor boy shirt
Retro car boy shirt

Right. Now on to the Autumn clothes. Or should I skip that and go straight for Winter.


  1. I love, love , love these shirts!! Your pattern matching is great. I won’t be showing this to the other half or he will be making demands!

    1. Isn’t is fab! Features my dream van. Loved working with this fabric again, as I could spend time deciding which van I’d choose for real. 🙂

  2. I’ve offered to make my husband a shirt and he has declined! I think I might though, and I’ll make matching ones for my boys. I’ll make them wear them all at the same time hahaha!

  3. I love the shirts. My husband would wear one, but my son is 16 now and only seems happy in black. Goth phase. I miss the days when she would be happy in bright colours.

    1. I’m busy making colourful tops for the children now, as I suspect my sewing-clothes-for-them days may be numbered. We haven’t reached the black stage yet, but I’m sure one of them at least will head that way. Bit boring to sew for though. 🙁

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