I love this pattern (McCall’s M6016). I used it years ago to make a baby gift with men’s shirting fabric from the apparel company I worked for at the time. I hadn’t used it until recently when I found this adorable fox fabric to make a shirt for my nephew. I love that it ends up looking exactly like a miniature version of a men’s short sleeve button up shirt.
Skill level: This sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: It took me about 6 hours total, including cutting the pattern, ironing the fabric and hand sewing the buttons and all the snaps. You could go with the collarless option of this pattern and save some time.
If you want to make this project yourself, check out this link for supplies I use for just about every project. Additional sewing supplies you’ll need are listed below:
1. Fabric – I would recommend 100% cotton machine washable with the cutest print you can find. A plaid would be adorable, but keeps in mind that it gets more complicated when you have to match the plaid at the side seams and the pocket.
The pattern is easy to follow if you’re used to reading them. Meaning it wouldn’t be the best project for a beginning sewer. But if you’re comfortable with a pattern, it’s great.
I made buttonholes that I didn’t cut open so I could sew the buttons to the outside of the shirt placket. This makes it look like the buttons are functional. Then I sewed the snaps on the inside of the placket to make his parent’s lives easier.
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