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Bowling Shirt Pattern for Tweens, Teens and Adults

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Author Scientific Seamstress
Price $7.50
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Score big with a button-up Bowling Shirt! With classic styling and a bit of retro-flair, this shirt is perfect for all ages. The shirt can be made from a single fabric for a “camp shirt” look, or can be pieced from multiple fabrics for a striped effect. The placket, collar, and sleeves can be made from contrasting fabrics as well, giving unlimited mixing and matching possibilities. The front and back of the shirt are great for personalization with applique or machine embroidery.

The shirt is designed for ease of construction. Although it looks like a store-bought shirt, it is put together very differently. The placket is assembled separately from the rest of the shirt, and is attached after the buttonholes are made. This eliminates any worry about botching the buttonholes at the end. It can be fully lined, or finished with hems. Each step of the construction process is described in detail and fully illustrated.

Sizes XXS - 3XL

by L. Lewis
on September 10th, 2019

This was an awesome pattern, bit nerve racking at first seeing all the pages but once i got into it. My shirt came out beautifully. I love it, i hope the recipient will as well. Thank you so much.

by Silva, Tracy
on November 25th, 2017

I really liked this pattern. I love all the different options it offered, it was easy to follow I adore bowling shirts and I'm super excited about making them

by Gossman, Brandon
on March 31st, 2017

I really liked this pattern. My father in law mentioned every time I saw him that he would love to have matching shirts with his named grandson (my youngest). Problem is fil is 6'4" and 300 lbs and wears an easy 4xl. This was the only pattern that I could find that would fit him. It went together beautifully and made an amazing shirt for him.

by Mason, Roberta
on November 24th, 2016

I love this pattern! My son has several shirts from it and he loves them.

by SeasonalSewist
on February 8th, 2016

I have made this pattern in the child size for my grandson, and love it. I bought it in the adult size to make for myself. Sadly, this pattern is not at all sized for women. The directions are amazing, as always, and the size S shirt fits me fine in length and around hips, but is HUGE in the arms and shoulders. The smaller sizes would have been too tight across bust and hips. I've posted my photos, and I will wear this to Disney in the spring to meet Stormtroopers, but probably not again. Please note .... there are threads uncut in the detail photos ... I was feeling sad and didn't clean up my stitching before taking pictures. Also, just for reader's reference regarding the fabric choices, the BB Droid fabric (white background) from Joann's is awful. There is a misspelling, and the colors bleed during prewash.

by T. Bradburry
on January 20th, 2016

Making this for my son

by keepsuinstitches
on March 14th, 2015

Used this awesome pattern to create my two triplet boys shirts for their 16th birthday, in order to match their triplet sister's sweet 16 worked out fabulously! The Bowling Shirts gave me an opportunity to really mix and match coordinating colors! Love this pattern!

by Pressnell, Korie
on June 13th, 2014

Great pattern! All the Scientific Seamstress patterns are so easy to use!


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2-5 yards of fabric (depends on size, style, and options)
6-7 buttons
fusible interfacing
basting tape or gluestick