If your kid doesn’t own an Oxford shirt, there are a lot of reasons why he should. What is it that makes the “Oxford” such a versatile piece of kit, and does it really have ties to Oxford University City?
The name itself has nothing to do with the style of shirt, and the shirt wasn’t made in Oxford. In addition, the Oxford shirt is so-called because it is made from a special basket weave fabric that originated in Scotland in the 19th century. The story goes that a Scottish mill named four fabrics after four well-known institutions: Princeton, Yale, Harvard and, most notably, Oxford (hence the name).
Formal shirts were quite expensive back in the 19th century. Therefore, the cheaper and more versatile option for the rising middle classes, the Oxford shirt had time to shine. Note that the original version had detachable cuffs and collars.
The main difference today, though, is the type of fabric used to make the shirt. Modern formal shirts are typically made of cotton or polyester, which is a “solid” material. Oxford fabric appears to be finer, making it a bit more casual. Although shirts are not as expensive today as they used to be, it is difficult to find a suitable shirt, especially for kids.
In this post, we bring you a wonderful sewing pattern that will allow you to make as many Oxford shirts as you want for your little gentleman.
The Boys Button Up Oxford shirt sewing pattern is intended for intermediate sewers and above, as sewing shirts can be quite tricky. Pattern sizes are from 3 months all the way up to 12 years, so you can make as many as you want. One more great thing is that the pattern has three sleeve options: short sleeves, long sleeves, and convertible sleeves with a button-tab.
While it might be impossible to visually distinguish between an Oxford shirt crafted from cotton and one blended with manmade fibres such as polyester, it is recommended that you choose a pure cotton fabric. This is because it feels more pleasant and it breathes far better, thereby keeping your little gentleman cooler in warmer temperatures.
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The pdf pattern comes with a full tutorial and color images and the pattern pieces are computer-generated and color-coded for easy cutting. The pattern includes layers so that you can just print off the size you need and an A0 format for printing in a copy shop. If you would like to add this pattern to your collection you should click on the blue button below.
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