This designer makes fantastic digital patterns and tutorials for kids clothes. This is her ‘Thomas Shirt’, which is a perfect pattern to use for a Hawaiian shirt. You’ll need to pick out some classic Hawaiian print fabric for your young man and then make him this awesome shirt.
The Thomas Shirt is a casual shirt with an open revere collar, short sleeves and a double yoke. The styling is typical of a standard men’s casual shirt and is, in fact, suitable for boys as well as girls. You will notice that the fit is generous which gives a comfortable and a stylish loose and roomy casual look.
It looks great in almost any fabric, however, for girls, you can substitute the Hawaiian look with some gorgeous big florals or checks.
The designer has given you 7 sizes to work with as follows: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14.
As far as which fabrics to use the designer advises that lightweight woven fabrics are the most suitable like poplin, lawn, homespun and similar fabrics. You can also use very lightweight denim or chambray, linen, and Fuji rayon. For ease of handling and to minimize fraying choose fabrics with a close weave e.g. poplin. This pattern is not suitable for knits.
Please note that in addition to the fabric that you choose you will also need a lightweight fusing for the collar and facings and buttons for the front. The designer advises the best size button to use is 10mm or 3/8” and five to six buttons should be adequate depending on the size you are making.
As far as what sewing experience you will need to have, the designer advises that you will need intermediate to advanced sewing skills to make this shirt. The shirt requires plain sewing only with neat and accurate seaming. There is a double, bagged out yoke and buttonholes. Overlocking is best to finish the seams; alternately you can use the zigzag stitch on your regular sewing machine.