My 10 year old is right in between kids and men’s sizes…he’s really tall, too. He wanted this style shirt and this pattern fit the bill. I made an xsmall graded to a small at the hip, with short sleeves, and it fits well. I appreciate the range of sizes WBM offers; It’s great to buy patterns with sizes that will be useful more than once, versus buying a kid pattern that he’s already the largest size for. I will definitely buy more WBM patterns as the directions were clear, and the pattern pieces fit together perfectly. Highly recommend.
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I was so pleased with my first shirt that I have made several shirts since! There aren't a lot of shirt or coat patterns around that have my chest size within the size range, so I was thrilled that didn't have to do any wonky modifications to the base pattern. The PDF being formatted in layers in brilliant and allowed me to print the pattern using my size only, and not have a lot of distracting other sizes cluttering the printout.
The placard and sleeve tie are a little fiddly, so the pattern is best for light woven fabrics. The pattern is simple enough that you can easily make modifications (like the short sleeved version I made in a colorful fabric). I found for the larger sizes, it was good to move down the position of the button tab piece that sits on the sleeves. I felt its original position was a tad high and made the sleeves too short when buttoned.
The directions are extremely thorough
I also love that there are variations built into the pattern and I plan on making several of both sleeve and tail types in any fun fabric I come across!
This is the first pattern I've ever used and was my first attempt to make clothing. I succeeded, and am thrilled, though a few points of confusion led to me having to undo/redo a few steps. The no-trim printable pattern and the ability to only print the layer for my selected size was very good. It was unclear to me though (as a novice), which lines represented notches that I was supposed to cut/mark early on; it wasn't until steps 13 and 27 in the instructions that I realized I needed to mark those, so I would have appreciated a mention (perhaps in "Preparing the pattern pieces") to mark those notches. I also couldn't see any way to distinguish the front of the sleeves from the backs, or which was the left sleeve and which was the right; perhaps the front and back notches on the sleeves could be marked in different ways, with matching notches on the armscye to make this more clear. There is, I believe, one mistake in the pattern; for piece 13 (Sleeve Tab), the hole for the button is shown at the square end, but should actually be at the pointed end. I had to remake my tabs because of this. I also had to remake one of the plackets as I put the interfacing on the wrong side (my mistake, since my fabrics were the same front and back and I didn't have the experience to realize it was important). Also had to rip-out and redo a sleeve, not realizing that the "Cut 2 mirrored" instruction also meant assembling them mirrored, probably again because my fabric was the same front and back and I didn't have the experience to realize it was important. The video instruction was extremely helpful in figuring everything out, and overall I'm extremely pleased, and learned a lot. I made two tunics, both using View B, one using a heavy cotton upholstery fabric so it's a bit like a jacket, and the other using a light linen/rayon mix for a breezy summer shirt. Thank you for an excellent first experience making my own clothing!
I made the tunic option with long cuffed sleeves for my son. I enjoyed the sewing journey, took it slow and learned some new techniques. My son loves it. Thanks for a really nice pattern.