Thursday, August 15, 2019

Groovy Camp Shirt

After watching Peter Lappin's Bluprint class on making a camp shirt, I decided to make one.  If you belong to Bluprint, you can watch it here.  If not, you can watch the introduction.

I call it my groovy camp shirt because I made it out of some quilting cotton that looks like something worn on The Brady Bunch.

I used McCall 6932 in medium for this shirt.  It has a inner yoke, whereas many camp shirt patterns do not.

My only gripe with this pattern is the two inches of ease in the sleeves.  If I make it again I will try to take the ease out.  Peter talked about removing ease in his class.

The instructions varied from the class on the collar, so I followed the instructions.

I serged the seams with my Brother 523.

I sewed it with my Bernina 640.

I used some 5/8" buttons I had in my stash of two jars given to me by a neighbor .

Maurice likes the shirt.

I like the shirt.

I am happy with the way this shirt turned out.  I was able to line up the pocket pattern, but not successful lining up the center fronts.  However, I think the pattern is so busy, it is not distracting.

 I am sure to make another using this pattern.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. Tips for matching centers. Remember, you must use the center front grain line of the shirt pattern, not the folded front edge. I like to have both left and right front pattern pieces to use in order to ensure that there is enough fabric to match the fronts. Lay one side on the fabric, mark with a purple pen the center front line, then lower down on the fabric, locate that exact pattern, and lay the other side front center on the matching line. Make sure that prints match at the neck and hem. Also, when setting buttons and buttonholes, make sure buttons are on center, and vertical buttonholes are too. I am familiar with getting centers matched, since I just completed five shirts, all prints, including three that were made from Star Wars sheets, and one D.C. superhero sheet. Took some time but those centers match and the pockets are nearly invisible from lucky pocket matching.