Father & Son Shirts: A Review of Two Patterns

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So, I’ve been talking about the father and son shirts that my son wanted me to make for Father’s Day for a long time and today I’m finally sharing what it was like to actually make them. This was my first at attempt sewing something from a pattern. Before making these shirts I had sewn some easy envelope pillows and I had also sewn an easy smock dress without using a pattern. Both of these projects were really easy and were perfect for my beginner sewing status. However, I wanted to try sewing clothing from a pattern so I could up my sewing skills.

Let me say that I could not have made these shirts without the help of my mother. Well, I could have but they would have looked like the shirt that Denise made Theo on that episode of the Cosby show…lol. So thanks Mom for teaching me how to lay out the pattern and pin the material to it, how to read the instructions, and how to connect all the pieces 🙂

McCall’s M6972

For my husband’s shirt, we used McCall’s pattern M6972. It’s one of McCall’s Learn to Sew for Fun patterns that are designed for beginners. This pattern will help you learn how to make a patch pocket, how to make buttonholes, and how to make a collar. Like I said before, this was my first at attempt using a pattern and it was a bit overwhelming. The directions were very detailed for this pattern but because it was my first reading a pattern it was a bit like reading a foreign language. Since I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the terminology. So, I’m really glad that my mom was there to guide me through the process showing me how to follow the pattern and how to sew the pieces together. I messed up quite a bit, but my mom let me know that it’s normal. And whenever you mess up you can always unstitch the material and try it again. She has been sewing for over thirty years and she still has to unstitch material from mistakes and sew it together again sometimes. Granted she had to do it a lot more than usually when helping me with this shirt since I made a lot of mistakes. But, she was always able to fix my mistakes so it was all good.

father son shirts

Overall, I think if I was totally on my own I would have needed to start with an easier pattern. But since I had help from someone experienced at sewing it was nice to tackle a more challenging beginner pattern. I would like to try making another shirt for my husband without any assistance after I make a few other things that I have patterns for.

Simplicity 4760

father son shirts

For my son’s shirt, we used Simplicity pattern 4760. When I purchased the McCall pattern I thought the pattern for both the Men’s and Boy’s size was included in the package. However, the men’s and boy’s patterns are sold in separate packages for the McCall’s pattern. Once, I realized I didn’t have the boy’s McCall pattern that matched my husband’s shirt none of our local stores had the McCall’s patterns on sale. But, my mom was able to find a close match with a Simplicity pattern and she helped me to alter it so it would look the same as my husband’s shirt.

Although this Simplicty pattern wasn’t labeled as Easy to me it seemed to be about the same level of difficulty as the McCall’s pattern. While I was beginning to understand more at this point after sewing my husband’s shirt with my mom. This pattern still read like it was written in a foreign language since I was still getting used to understanding the terminology used in sewing. However, my mom thought that the Simplicity pattern was actually easier to sew than the McCall’s pattern.


Since my son’s shirt was a lot smaller it took a less time to sew. Plus, I made fewer mistakes the second time around so my mom didn’t have to fix as many mistakes.

Just like the McCall’s pattern I felt like the Simplicity pattern was a bit of a challenge for someone using a pattern for the first time.  I don’t think I would have been able to make this shirt either without my mom’s help. However, it is nice to learn how to make collars and buttonholes as a beginner.

Matching Skirt

You may have noticed that my daughter is wearing a matching skirt 🙂 I’ll be sure to write a post about how I made her skirt soon. Her skirt was Not made from a pattern and it was super easy.

Have you ever sewn clothing from a pattern?


  • Reply LaKita June 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Great job on the shirts…they turned out really good! I don’t think sewing is for me but I totally remember the gordon gartrell shirt episode and that is exactly how my shirts would have turned out 😉
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Haha…my mom totally saved my guys from looking like Theo. I probably would have cut out the pattern all wrong and I already witnessed my sewing mistakes that my mom fixed. So, I’m really thankful that I had my mom to help show me how to do everything.

  • Reply Tamara June 23, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I’m thoroughly impressed. I love the shirts and I love her skirt, so I’d love hearing about that.
    I was never very good at sewing, but Cassidy kinda is!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks! Cassidy is a jack of all trades 🙂 My husband can sew some too.

  • Reply Dressed2dNines June 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    You are so talented girl. It’s so cool you can make your own clothes. You have a beautiful family as well!

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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to making something for myself. So far I’ve only made clothes for the rest of my family. Once I finish making another dress for my daughter then I’m going to start on a dress for myself.

  • Reply Michelle June 24, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Nice work lady! I haven’t seen a pattern in over 20 years. I use to love to sew for my girls. Those days are long gone. You did a great job.

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks! I wish I had started sewing years ago. I’m enjoying it a lot.

  • Reply Suzie@Suzie'sView June 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Girl o my I admire you! Wow those shirts look great. So professional! I have tried to sew from pattern and didn’t do well at all. It totally intimidates me. Great looking family girl! #productreviewparty on!

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks!!! Sewing from a pattern is hard at first. My mom told me it was going to be easy, but she has been sewing from a pattern for over 30 years. For me it was difficult to understand everything. I’m working on a different pattern now and it is a bit easier since I know what a lot of the symbols mean. But it definitely isn’t easy starting out.

  • Reply Mrs. AOK June 25, 2016 at 1:39 am

    You did wonderfully!! I love that you made your daughter a skirt to match your special men. I hope your husband had a great Father’s Day!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks! I had some leftover material so I thought it would be cute if she had a matching skirt 🙂

  • Reply Stacie June 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Girl, you got skills! I used to make mommy and me outfits all the time when my daughter was little. Haven’t sewn since.
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      I want to make some mommy and me outfits for my daughter and me because she loves it when we try to dress alike.

  • Reply Melanie Frost June 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    That is so cool that you made those! And so cute that your family went along for the ride. My hubby hates having his picture taken. You are lucky they are so cooperative. LOL! #Productreviewparty
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Hey Melanie, so I did tell my family they weren’t cooperating…lol. They wouldn’t all look at the camera at the same time when we first week outside. But I’m glad that they went a long with it and I got some good pictures 🙂

  • Reply Yet Another Blogging Mummy June 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, how talented. I couldn’t even start to make clothes #productreviewparty
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks! It took me a long time to get the courage to try sewing.

  • Reply Louida June 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Wow, you did a amazing job girl! I can’t sew at all, I wish I had the skill, that’ll save me a ton of money. #ProductReviewParty
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks! I couldn’t have made these shirts without my mom’s help. But I’m looking forward to improving my skills and sewing more. I’m working on a dress for my daughter next. It’s a bit easier since it doesn’t have any button or collars 🙂

  • Reply Erika Bonaldo June 28, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Wow Sonya,

    Those look great! I love the color and omgg your kids are darling! #Productreviewparty #113
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