The Fox Shirt


I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this 🙂 I actually made my boy a shirt, albeit with a little help from the lovely tutor at The Ministry of Craft in Manchester. On Saturday I attended the second part of my two part course, where we fitted the sleeves and attached the button holes. This was a half day session, rather than the full, first day and relatively simple by comparison in terms of skills. No head in my hands this time!

I’ve fitted a fair few sleeves in the past, but realised that it’s a lot easier in my usual knit fabrics. This went in relatively easily, but I ended up with a couple of unintentional, small pleats on each side, which is fine when you’re female, but less desirable on a boy’s shirt… Frustrating though this was, he wore it last night and no one noticed at all, as per usual. The button holes I’d kind of been dreading, but actually in this lovely, crisp cotton they were a breeze.

This course was money well spent indeed, and I’d thoroughly recommend it if you live in the North West. I’m equal parts amazed and delighted that I managed to make this! It’s by far my most complicated and accomplished sewing project. The finish is brilliant (a direct result of the design and a very patient, experienced tutor, rather than my sewing skills), with the shoulder yoke and collars all neatly hidden away. Even my hand sewing managed to rise to the occasion and didn’t let the side down! And my son is delighted with the result, wearing it proudly out for dinner last night 🙂 Job well done, and my maternal guilt eased for a while 😉



49 thoughts on “The Fox Shirt

  1. What a fantastic job and hasn’t he got such a lovely cheeky smile! A shirt is definitely on my list of things I want to try making. I just like the speed of T-shirts too much

  2. Fab shirt. Your pics are lovely. You should be feeling pretty proud of yourself. Out of all of your makes this is one of my favorites.

  3. Brilliant job! The fabric suits him very well and is perfect for the shirt. I can’t wait for some adults to sign up for sewing classes as, although I love teaching kids the basics and watch them shine, it’s a different kind of satisfaction when adults finally ‘get it’.

  4. This turned out so great! I think the bowling shirt style is so perfect for him. I will have to be on the lookout for a similar pattern for my boys. I just finished making a button down shirt for myself and there is such a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the process. I hope your son gets a lot of wear out of his awesome new shirt!

    • Thanks Teri, we’re both really pleased with it and it’s (hopefully) plenty big enough to last him a while. Yes, now I’ve learnt all of these stages, I think I might enjoy making shirt-style items as more slower-burner projects in between quicker makes 🙂

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  6. This is fantastic sell done Teresa, your son certainly looks happy with it to say the least!! You don’t have time to make anything for yourself now!

      • I managed to buy a vintage Donegal tweed waistcoat but the silk back was badly stained so I took it apart and made and new one. I was pleased I took the plunge although it was a bit nerve wracking! At the moment I am running up a pair of harem trousers for him as he wants a pair for dance practise – strange things!! I would really like to make him a shirt but it looks so complex!

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