I 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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The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever sewn something that became an unexpected hit?
Pattern: Offbeat Oxford
Materials: Upcycled Dad’s button up and black quilting cotton.