Score big with a button-up Bowling Shirt! With classic styling and a bit of retro-flair, this shirt is perfect for boys and girls alike. 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. Each step of the construction process is described in detail and fully illustrated. As in the other volumes of the SewBoutique4Dolly & Me series, this eBook is loaded with tips, tricks, and of course, matching patterns for dollies.
Instructional Pages: 71
Photos and Diagrams: over 100
Fabric marking pen/pencil
Wash-Away Wondertape (optional)
Buttons (3/8" - 5/8" diameter)
6/12 m 5/8 yd
18/24 m 3/4 yd
3/4 y 1 yd
5/6 y 1 1/8 yd
7/8 y 1 1/4 yd
Dolly 1/4 yd
6/12 m 1/2 yd
18/24 m 1/2 yd
3/4 y 3/4 yd
5/6 y 7/8 yd
7/8 y 1 yd
Dolly 1/4 yd
Optional contrasting fabric:
6/12 m 1/2 yd
18/24 m 1/2 yd
3/4 y 5/8 yd
5/6 y 5/8 yd
7/8 y 3/4 yd
Dolly 1/4 yd
Finished garment measurements (across chest):
6/12 m 11"
18/24 m 13"
3/4 y 15"
5/6 y 16.5"
7/8 y 18"
*Note: These are downloadable instructions for making a shirt. This Ebook does include pattern pieces. Since it is a download, you will receive this by email and it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.
*Note: These are downloadable instructions and pattern for making an item. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.
Fields, Krista - May 29th, 2013
Great pattern even though I never got around to making it. :( Boo on me for waiting to long.
T. Anderson-Thompson - April 9th, 2013
Well written and easy to understand which is great as I am a novice at sewing!!!!
Baimbridge, Shannon - April 4th, 2013
I absolutely love this pattern! I love that there are so many options for this shirt. The instructions are very detailed and easy to understand. I will for sure be making more shirts using this pattern.
Wilson, Melissa - March 17th, 2013
Made shirts for my daughters' bowling birthday party - came out perfect!
Aerybeth - January 12th, 2013
love ALLL your patterns!! GREAT ONE!
Morgan, Lisa - January 5th, 2013
Woo hoo I made a collared shirt! Thanks for the fun pattern!
Levene, Diane - December 25th, 2012
Great, creative pattern for a boy's shirt. Well written and easy to make.
Philley, Beth - December 10th, 2012
My favorite I make it all the time for my son
boeker, carol - September 9th, 2012
What a FUN pattern. I have made several of these. A couple examples: the main shirt in black CARS 2 with a dark red panel down the front and I embroidered VAROOM inblack thread down the front red panel. Another one with Bugs Bunny print with a grey back upper panel I embroidered "WHATS UP DOC?". Another big hit was for my niece I used a pink bowling print and a solid pink panel across the center back and embroidered "FUTURE BOWLER" across the back. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!!!
barba, natalia - July 28th, 2012
As always love your patterns .... Thank you
Helmer, Regina - May 24th, 2012
You ALWAYS get a will written quality pattern with CarlaC. Wonderful starter pattern for beginners and teaches new tricks to the experienced seamstress. It is always easy to create a quality, great fitting shirt with this pattern
besselman, amy - May 19th, 2012
always amazingly detailed!
litteken, amber - May 10th, 2012
This pattern is cute and versatile. The instructions are well laid out and super simple to understand. Well done
Corneille, Allison - April 25th, 2012
never made a lined shirt before, but this is a great pattern
Mann, Camie - March 30th, 2012
I made one of these for a friend with some coordinating fabrics that matched other items of clothing I made for siblings. It was an awesome shirt and I could not have been happier with the outcome! It is so well finished! Very well written and the end result is gorgeous!
Chaiken, Brandy - March 30th, 2012
This has to be my favorite pattern ever! I love making shirts for both my boys and girls! I just need bigger sizes! =) Thank you!!
thornbrugh, christy - March 23rd, 2012
great pattern from Carla! Love it! Easy to read directions, simple pattern, and looked great! I love all of Carla's patterns,
Gilbert, Karen - March 17th, 2012
Great Pattern for boys or girls!
Kris - March 13th, 2012
There are so many things to make using this pattern! Not only is it versital it's also gender friendly! The directions are easy to follow and the photos were great. I'll be making several of these shirts. It's adorable!
Mason, Roberta - February 28th, 2012
I love this pattern! This pattern helped me to finally perfect collars. The instructions are super easy to follow!
Johnson, Amy - February 16th, 2012
I'm a beginner and found the instructions easy to follow. I was a bit nervous with the collar but it came out great. It did take me some time to make but like I said I'm a beginner. My son loves his shirt and wants more. Plus it's nice to find something for him among all the dress patterns.
Ramos, Marsha - February 12th, 2012
Perfect! Thank you CarlaC!
Mosier, Mika - February 3rd, 2012
One of my favorite shirt patterns for boys and girls alike! As always, CarlaC has made a pattern that's easy to follow even the most daunting steps!
Kristy'sCraftyCloset - January 21st, 2012
Another wonderful scientific seamstress pattern.
Burke, Jennifer - January 17th, 2012
Absolutely love this pattern. I've lost count of how many of these shirts I have made. I'm just sad that my son has won't fit the pattern anymore!
bauer, april - January 17th, 2012
This pattern was so fun to make. I made it for my sons Cars birthday and was able to embroider the back of the shirt with his name. I love how easy and understandable the pattern is. I love Carla's descriptions and pictures. Great pattern
Winters, Shannon - January 17th, 2012
Fantastic pattern! Easy to follow instructions and fabulous results!
TJordan - January 17th, 2012
AWESOME pattern! Lots of room for applique and embellishments! Super clear and wonderful directions make this a go to pattern!
seaman, teresa - January 12th, 2012
gonna try this pattern as a present to my step grandson
Renee M. - January 5th, 2012
Perfect shirt for my embroidery business. Pieced fabric makes it easy for me to embroider before putting the shirt together. Good sizing.
Frinchaboy, Jennifer - January 4th, 2012
Pretty easy to follow. Only had a few minor issues but I am a VERY beginning sewer. My son LOVES the shirt I made him. he has outgrown it but he still insists on wearing it, LOL. I think I need to make a new one.
bobobabymae - January 4th, 2012
I love love love this pattern! I have made several of these shirts for both boys & girls. My 4 y/o absolutely loves them and wears them all the time. The instructions are very easy to follow.. A+
Thompson, M - October 12th, 2011
Love this pattern!! The instructions are wonderful and very detailed. The shirt has so many options for fabric combinations. Will definitely make more.
Anonymous - August 1st, 2001
This is a great pattern.Very versitle and now my hubby wants one in his size! I have modifed it by eliminating the lining and serging all the seams. Works great that way if you have a serger.
Brenda E - August 1st, 2001
I love this pattern! This was my first attempt at a collared, buttonup shirt and it turned out great! CarlaC's ebooks are all terrific - she does a fantastic job of explaining and illustrating each step.
Amber Gordon - August 1st, 2001
I was really sick with a cold and looked everywhere for a suitable shirt to buy but couldn't find one. My husband watched the kids while I whipped it together and even super sick managed to make a fantastic looking shirt for my son to wear to a fancy Tea Party and he LOVES it. He says its super cool! If I could figure out how to post a picture I would it looks fantastic. Foresee many more in my future.
Juanita Haney - August 1st, 2001
very easy, very versatile, really like this pattern. I will be making lots more of these. Thanks!
Lisa N - August 1st, 2001
I loved this pattern! It was super easy to follow and had so many pictures! I never thought I could make something like this. Sleeves always scared me, but the clear directions made it easy! I will definitely be making more of these. Well worth the price:-)
Kathleen Race - August 1st, 2001
Very easy pattern to work with. You should see my grandson in this shirt. He looks so adorable.
Laura Pearce - August 1st, 2001
So fun to make, as soon as I finished one, I'd already gone to the store to buy fabric for lots more. Finding cute patterns for my son can be tough and I've always had a hard time with collars in the past. Thanks to Carla's clear descriptions and detailed explanations, I've managed to finally make my boy a shirt with a collar that looks great!
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