Usually I am more accustomed to sewing for girls. One of the things that I thought when I found out I was having a little boy, was that I would not be able to sew for him. I find that there are not many boy patterns out there, and the majority of them are pretty boring.
I bought the O+S Sketchbook pattern a couple of weeks ago, and it was sitting a few positions down on my 'to do' list - seeing that we are going into winter, and the size of the pattern started at 6-12 months. However, when I saw the version that Claire had made, it was bumped to the top.
Like usual this is a great pattern. Actually I am love love love this pattern. It was easier than I thought it would be, and I only had to get the un-picker out a couple of times. I have never made anything with a collar before, so this was a new skill that I learnt.
The pattern called for light interfacing in the collar and the placket - however, with the collar, to add a little stiffness, I put two layers of interfacing in the collar - which I think works well.
I love all the details that make it look more professional - and less home made. Yesterday, after I had finished the shirt, I was yet to cut all the threads off it. I showed it to my mother-in-law and she loved it. She asked what all the threads were - I said "I have not had a chance to cut them off yet' - to which she replied "why would they sell a shirt with all threads hanging off". When I told her I made it - she actually did not believe me. Now that is the best compliment that you can get.
I love shirts on little boys - so I am sure that this pattern will be well used.