This pattern is for a men’s shirt sized for 18 inch dolls. The traditional shirt has a button band, lined yoke, curved hem, left breast pocket, grandad or standard collar, and a choice of short sleeves or traditional long sleeves with cuffs.
The shirt is loose fitting enough to give the impression that your doll has “borrowed” her big brother’s shirt. The fastenings have been created “man style” to further the impression that your doll is wearing her brother’s shirt, but if you prefer you can swap the fastenings over to the “girlie” side. The choice is yours.
Men’s shirts were popular fashion choices for women in the 1980s and were often worn jazzed up with a big belt or loose over a dress or boilersuit.
This PDF pattern is a great way to learn pattern matching techniques (for the shirt pocket), and the shirts will prove a great wardrobe staple for your doll.
Recommended Fabrics: Cotton lawn, poplin, cotton shirting, quilters' cottons, polycotton, gingham, seersucker
Long Sleeve shirt:
-half a yard (0.5 metres) of shirting fabric
-a 10 inch x 3 inch (25 cm x 8 cm) piece of fusible interfacing
-4¼ inches (10.5 cm) anti snag hook and loop tape cut in half along the length of the strip OR seven snaps
-seven small buttons (6mm – 9mm diameter)
Short Sleeve shirt:
-a fat quarter (18" x 22") of shirting fabric
- a 10 inch x 3 inch (25 cm x 8 cm) piece of fusible interfacing
-4¼ inches (10.5 cm) anti snag hook and loop tape cut in half along the length of the strip OR five snaps
-five small buttons (6mm – 9mm diameter)
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I absolutely love this pattern. Once I used it a couple of times, it became very easy to use. I added a little length to it, but it is a wonderful shirt. Thank you.
The pattern goes together easily and turns out great. I was very satisfied with the results.
I made this shirt in a plaid flannel and it turned out so darn cute! Great pattern.
Though I have not yet made this, it is something I went looking for to put with jeans for a girl who loves horses. I have boots, needed that big somewhat western shirt.
I absolutely love this pattern. The instructions are good with nice photos and the pattern prints out easily. What's really great is the small amount of fabric needed - the short sleeve shirt can be made from a fat quarter. The long sleeve version takes a little more fabric. I've made both the long sleeve and the short sleeve version and have two more cut out. It's not complicated, altho it does take some attention to detail, especially the first time, but after that it's smooth sailing. The shirt fits well. You do need to be very careful with the seam allowance on the long sleeve version, and if you don't sew the velcro to the very edge of the cuff it won't "close". Truth be told finding the little buttons needed for just the right effect was the most difficult part of this project. The first shirt I made was done with shirting fabric that was very thin - and I had a lot of fraying. The 2nd (long sleeve) was done from some white I had on hand from I don't remember what project but it was heavier and very tightly woven. It was much easier to work with. Next two are cut out from quilting fabrics and one will have the buttons switched so that it's a girl's shirt. You need a light weight interfacing in the collar or it doesn't turn and the "points" don't come out well. What I had was a little too heavy and that was with the light weight fabric.