The Shirt my Son Won’t Take Off

offbeat oxford boy sewing patternI know we often complain that boy patterns are not very exciting, or cute, or fun. But I found one that is.  I am going to go ahead and say they can be, and my kid loves it. He’s deemed this one his rockstar shirt. It’s a fun twist on an Oxford. He had requests for props for the photo shoot.

Yep he loves it that much. And this from a child who wears only knit and has aggressively fought putting on anything with buttons.

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offbeat oxford boy sewing patternThe Offbeat Oxford is Terra’s Treasures latest pattern. It just released today, and it’s on sale through Wednesday. The fun factor here is the curve. The button placket is a soft curve up through the neck which is also mirrored in the button flap.

The pattern pieces walk you through placing the pocket and yoke on the bias.

offbeat oxford boy sewing pattern

He put the shirt on and immediately announced he was a rockstar. Who am I to argue. My husband has a pretty crazy wingspan for his shirt size so he tends to break through the elbows on his shirts while they otherwise have plenty of wear left. His loss, O’s gain. There were lots of choices for an upcycle!

This is a size 5. I couldn’t quite make it out of one shirt so I added contrast to the back. I think it adds some pop to the shirt so I’m pretty happy with it.

offbeat oxford boy sewing pattern

I’m going to preface the next paragraph with this. I’ve made shirts with collars and button plackets before. They take a little bit of work, and they can be kind of intimidating.

That said I think these directions are really well put together. A confident beginner should be able to get a good result with just the directions included in this pattern. I used a technique that was new to me in the directions and was really impressed with how it created a very clean finished inside.

Trust me you’ll feel like a pro showing this top off….or a rockstar.

offbeat oxford boy sewing pattern

There has been some ease added into the pattern since this version. My guy is a bit of a tank, so I may still size up next time to get a little more wear, these are the kind of shirts you want them to be able to wear for a while!

Hop over and see some more versions, or pick up your pattern (12 month to 14) while it’s on sale HERE.

offbeat oxford boy sewing pattern

Have you ever sewn something that became an unexpected hit?

offbeat top

Happy Sewing,


Pattern: Offbeat Oxford

Materials: Upcycled Dad’s button up and black quilting cotton.


{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Olu June 23, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Sooo, cool! Just had to Pin it.

  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures June 23, 2014, 5:39 pm

    ‘Very nice shirt! I like that the back is different fabric! What an adorable Rock Star! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Jonie Brooks June 23, 2014, 9:15 pm

    This is so awesome!! I am going to add this pattern to my ‘need to buy’ list. That is quiet the rockstar you have on your hands!

  • Sarah Helene June 24, 2014, 12:48 am

    COOL PHOTOS of your son sporting THE COOLEST SHIRT I’ve ever seen! How UNIQUE to see the curved 8-button front, rather than the usual straight closure sewn in a versatile plaid to wear with EVERYTHING. LOVE the PHOTO SHOOT, guitar and ALL! THANKS for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Ren June 24, 2014, 8:21 am

    Love the contrast back! Sometimes necessity takes things to a level we wouldn’t have reached otherwise.

  • Annie June 24, 2014, 9:56 am

    That curve looks very interesting. With the curve and contrast fabric, it really is an unique one of the kind shirt! I think when a boy does not want to take off clothing, it is a HUGE success!

  • Amy mayen June 25, 2014, 12:41 am

    Okay, O is a total rock star for sure! But what about you- matching plaid on a curve?!! That kind of makes you…Kevin Durante is to basketball as Rachel is to sewing. Does that formula make sense?! What a cute, I mean COOL! shirt, and I love TT for the big kid sizes:)

  • kathy August 1, 2014, 3:17 pm

    I like the shirt! but i realized the wrap is in women’s mode. I looked at the other pics and if you overlap it left to right, as men’s shirts usually close, then it looks odd to me. hmmm…

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