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 🙂
I’ve been learning to sew but I still need to learn how to sew using a pattern. Luckily, Hobby Lobby has McCall’s patterns on sale for $1.99 each. My son was too excited when he saw this in the pattern book. I can’t wait to attempt to make these matching father and son shirts. I think they will look nice if I use a chambray material. #learningtosew #patterns #mccalls #sewing
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.
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.
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.
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.