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
What You Get: One 32 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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The pattern directions were very clear, the shirt turned out perfectly and it looks especially good in men's shirting fabric. The size didn't need any adjustments, either. Usually I end up making notes on patterns to indicate what needs to be changed but this pattern has no notes.
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.