sketchbook shirt + shorts sewing pattern
What shall we draw today? This boy's or girl's classic shirt and shorts pattern features a shirt in two versions: a cuffed, long-sleeve option with a one-piece collar and chest pocket or a band collar and short sleeve option. Both styles include button front placket and shirt-tail hem. Below-the-knee length elastic-waist shorts include front pockets and mock fly.
Boy's or girl's classic shirt and shorts. View A includes one-piece collar, long sleeves with cuffs, and chest pocket. View B has band collar and short sleeves. Both styles include button front placket and shirt-tail hem. Below-the-knee length elastic-waist shorts include front pockets and mock fly.
Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.
After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes, collar, flat-set sleeves, front hip pocket, patch pockets, plackets, and pleats.
Shirt: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, broadcloth, lawn, shirting, poplin, fine-wale corduroy, and linen.
Shorts: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like denim, canvas, chambray, corduroy, twill, and linen.
Shirt: Thread, eight 3/8" or 1/2" buttons (six for View B), lightweight fusible interfacing.
Shorts: Thread, 3/4" wide elastic.
Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 View A 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards View B 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards View C 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 View A 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards View B 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards View C 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 Shirt Chest 23" 24" 25" 25 1/2" 26 1/2" 27 1/2" Shirt Length* 13 1/2" 14" 14 1/2" 15" 15 1/2" 16" Long Sleeve Length** 14 1/4" 15 1/4" 16 1/4" 17 1/4" 18 1/4" 19 1/4" Short Sleeve Length** 11" 11 1/4" 11 1/2" 11 3/4" 12" 12 1/4" Shorts Outseam 9 3/4" 10 1/4" 10 1/2" 11 3/4" 12 1/4" 13" Shorts Hip, Extended 22 3/4" 23 3/4" 24 3/4" 25 1/4" 26 1/2" 27 1/2"
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 Shirt Chest 28 1/2" 29 1/2" 31" 32" 33 3/4" 35" Shirt Length* 16 1/2" 17" 17 1/2" 18" 18 1/2" 19" Long Sleeve Length** 20 1/2" 22" 23" 24 1/2" 25 1/2" 27" Short Sleeve Length** 12 1/2" 12 3/4" 13" 13 1/2" 13 3/4" 14" Shorts Outseam 14" 15 3/4" 16 1/2" 17" 18" 18 3/4" Shorts Hip, Extended 28 1/2" 31 1/4" 32 3/4" 33 3/4" 35 1/2" 36 1/4"
* Measured from shoulder at neckline
** Measured from center back neck
English System Size Chest
6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22 12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27 18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30 2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33 3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36 4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39 5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44 6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55 7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64 8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72 10 28 24 30 54-56 73-77 12 29 25 31 ½ 56-58 78-82 Metric System Size Chest
6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10 12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12 18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14 2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15 3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16 4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18 5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20 6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25 7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29 8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33 10 71 61 76 137-142 33-35 12 74 64 80 142-147 35-37
Average rating: (4 of 5) based on 21 reviewsMrsReviewed by Yustina Kartika (Verified Buyer) on 12/09/2016I just be able to make the shirt and by far I've made 2 already in a month. This pattern is my thirs attempt to sew and the first shirt I've ever made. The instruction is very clear and help me as a beginner not only be able to sew a shirt for the first time but also give us the tricks for the best result.Was this helpful?RATING - NO STARSReviewed by Melissa on 11/04/2016Like Amanda I am a time poor mother desperately trying to sew a birthday present for my nephews first birthday photoshoot. This was the most expensive pattern I've ever purchased at AUS $25 at a bricks and mortar shop just 3 weeks ago. I've been struggling with non matching seams and blamed my machine, the fabric a tracing error but its this stupid pattern. I only discovered the errors list because I came on here to write a scathing review. I don't have time check for YOUR mistakes nor should I have to pay EXTORTIONATE prices for such crap. Free patterns have less errors. I would like to be contacted for compensation. I will also be taking this to the retail shop purchased from and to consumer affairs if not dealt with to an appropriate level.Melissa, as noted on the review Amanda left, it appears you recently purchased a copy of the pattern from the first printing. The errors in this printing were identified and corrected over six years ago. But there were a small number of patterns that we were not able to recall for corrections at that time because they had been sold to distributors who had already resold them to stores. Your copy seems to be one of those. We are truly sorry for the experience you have had and will be contacting you about it.Was this helpful?Loved this pattern!!Reviewed by Jalinn (Verified Buyer) on 08/25/2016I have only made one of this pattern so far, but another is cut and ready to go on the sewing table. Made a monster shirt for son's first birthday. Easy to use and we'll written, as always. I know that I can easily use any of your patterns and have it come out great. Thank you for your time, care and attention to detail.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Really!!!Reviewed by Amanda Battley on 07/24/2016Really...... Who releases a pattern with so many errors!! I am a 'time poor' Mother, I expect a pattern to be correct when I buy it, especially an expensive pattern such as yours. I don't have time to read 'Errata' on your website and make the corrections. I cut the shorts before checking on your website and now have wasted fabric because the pieces do not fit together. I am very disappointed and will never buy an Oliver + S pattern again.We're very sorry for your poor experience with this pattern. The errors you mention were corrected in the second printing of the pattern which was done many years ago. It seems that you must have acquired a very old version of this pattern. When the errors were identified, we attempted to include errata notices in the pattern envelope, but some copies had already been sold through distributors, and it was impossible to track them down to have the slips inserted. That's not an excuse for the errors that made it through in the first printing, though, and we are sorry for the bad experience you had.Was this helpful?Great little shirtReviewed by Katherine (Verified Buyer) on 07/12/2016I made the short sleeve pointed collar version for my nephew as a 1st birthday present, and it was a hit! My SIL asked me to make another one for him. I used snaps instead of buttons because they were easier for me to put in and easier for his parents to dress him in. I felt like a sewing rockstar when I finished the collar. One reason I bought this pattern was to dip my toes into shirt sewing - now I feel confident enough to attempt a button-up for myself or my husband!1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?SketchReviewed by Cassie Kemp (Verified Buyer) on 07/05/2016I have sewn two of these shirts and they are very cute! The yoke instructions were confusing for someone who has never done it before and neither of my collars matched up right so I had to cut fabric off and size down. I would also rate this pattern 3.5 out of 4, not 2 out of 4 like it's rated. Between the plackets, yoke, collar, and buttonholes this is a difficult sew that takes a couple hours.Was this helpful?Lovely PatternReviewed by Maureen (Verified Buyer) on 05/25/2016The instructions are wonderfully written and the pattern goes together smoothly. As others have said, the shirt is a bit short, so I lengthened the size 4 by 2inches based on my little guy's measurements. Fits beautifully after this simple change.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Sketchbook Shirt A+Reviewed by Aurelia (Verified Buyer) on 05/09/2016I loved sewing up this shirt for my little guy. I had never attempted a collar or placket outside of my highschool sewing class (under lots of guidance!) and found the instructions to be very helpful and clear. great pattern overall, I did find that it fits quite large so my son's birthday shirt will have to wait until this summer to fit!Was this helpful?ShortsReviewed by Jill on 03/29/2016I made size 3 shorts for my grandson who has just turned 2. They went together easily - I used stretch denim - and met the approval of his parents! They were a little big for him and I think next time I will narrow the legs a bit but all, in all, a great pattern.Was this helpful?ShirtReviewed by Denise on 03/22/2016Shirt easy to make and looks great.Was this helpful?shirtReviewed by Anonymous reviewer (Verified Buyer) on 10/19/2015very easy to follow pattern for the shirt (i've not made up the shorts yet). the 6-12month size seemed to fit both my 5 mo son and 8mo nephew decently well. I was able to get the shirt (even with pattern matching) out of a single yard (for the smallest size). We've been having fun picking out prints to make unique shirts (robots! rockets! monsters!!!)Was this helpful?Love it! But...Reviewed by Meglizmcp (Verified Buyer) on 09/27/2015I made a first day of kindergarten shirt the day before, thinking it would be a quick sew, which for the most part was, however, the yoke instructions left me in tears over my ironing board for about an hour! I didn't think to email asking for help, I just googled instead, and eventually found a YouTube video of another method that was super simple to understand. Only other issue is that the shirt is way too short and wide on my son who is super skinny and also a few inches short for his age. It's a 5t and fits my 3 year old better than my 5 year old. Now that I've figured out the yoke, I plan to make many more. But a more detailed tutorial on yoke instructions would be super helpful!! And add a few inches to the length!!2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?perfect boy patternReviewed by Julia (Verified Buyer) on 08/31/2015I truly love this pattern. I made the short sleeve shirt with the collar. Together with the bermudas the outfit came out really nice and both the parents of the boy I made it for as well as the boy (4 years) loved it! I will make this many times more.Was this helpful?Enjoyable sew, may have some sizing issuesReviewed by Rachel (Verified Buyer) on 08/04/2015I've only had this pattern a month and have already sewn the shirt twice, using the pointed collar and short sleeves to knock up a couple of cotton shirts for my nephew.
I found the instructions quite thorough. I struggled a bit envisioning how the yoke came together, but when I thought about what I was trying to achieve and followed the instructions step-by-step, it worked well.
Like several other reviewers I found the shirt too short, so on the second one I lengthened it by 5 cm. I was a little disappointed that my 6-year-old nephew measures between a 7 and 8, as I think he may outgrow the pattern before either of us are ready.
I also didn't consider, until it was too late, that a distinctive, clear print isn't the best fabric for this shirt as the button placket is difficult to pattern match across, so that is something I'll take into account next time I sew this, and there will definitely be a next time.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Sketchbook ShirtReviewed by Kristin H (Verified Buyer) on 07/21/2015I've only sewn the shirt, but I've sewn two of these classy little butyon downs. This a well drafted, written and illustrated pattern. I did find the original sizing to be short and wide for my 2 yr old son. He is string bean, so this is often the case with patterns and RTW items. For him, I made a 18-24m width and a 4t length. I can imagine the length might be a bit short for a normal sized kid, but that's a minor adjustment to make. My only issue with this pattern is the collar. The lack of collar stand looked too "homemade" to me, so I drafted one up myself. Other than that small detail, this is a great pattern. I'm sure the pants are adorable, too, I just haven't made them yet.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Yoke instruction difficult to understandReviewed by Jenny (Verified Buyer) on 07/06/2015Couldn't understand yoke instructions as never done ins before. Emailed to ask for a tip and was told to ask someone in a forum, which meant an un-successful hour trying to create an account just to ask for help from other customers.
Would've appreciated better customer service.
Ended up using an un-related utube clip to teach myself how to do it.
Disappointing considering the pattern price. Will stick to etsy from now on which has never failed on customer support.Was this helpful?My new addiction!Reviewed by Linda on 03/01/2015I love this pattern. Easy to follow, goes together beautifully and has a professional look. I made both views and am starting on my 3rd shirt. I love both views. The shorts are wonderful and go together easily. Highly recommend this pattern..Was this helpful?Loved it. Will be making this againReviewed by Rosey on 02/03/2015The little shirt was very detailed yet had easy to follow instructions. I will definitely be making this shirt again! Two suggestions. 1) sew the topside collar rather than the underside first for a more professional looking finish. 2) the view b is a mandarin like collar and I was hoping for the more triangle variety (view a). the pattern view did not clearly show this difference in neckline.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?PricyReviewed by CLA on 01/27/2015Yes. I love it. However, I do wish it were more affordable and I hope that in the future, there are more boy patterns. Girl patterns overrun the entire pattern industry :( I grab boy patterns wherever I can due to the fact that they are so rare.Was this helpful?still a workhorse pattern!Reviewed by reeni on 01/02/2015This is my second copy of the Sketchbook shirt, I wore out the first one! As always, a workhorse pattern that I used for our son's Christmas show shirt, long sleeves and band collar options.Was this helpful?Awesome instructions, as alwaysReviewed by J on 11/13/2014I sewed the Sketchbook Shirt (long sleeve, size 2T) for my godson for Christmas. This is the first time I've made a button-down style shirt, and I was expecting it to be a little tricky. The pattern was very easy to follow, though; it made the whole thing very straightforward. I love how the shirt came out, and I'm planning short-sleeve shirts for him for spring! It would be nice to have had a reference of what pages to print for each size, however. The way the collar pieces were tiled confused me so much that I decided to print out all the pattern pieces. I ended up wasting a fair bit of paper; a reference list could help avoid this minor issue. All-around a great pattern, though.Was this helpful?
Determining Which Printing You Have
As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.
The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.
Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.
- On both size ranges in the first printing, the cutting layout for view B includes piece #9, the Sleeve Placket, which is only needed for view A.
- In the first printing, please note that piece #13, the Shorts Back, is missing seam allowances for sizes 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12. (Other sizes are not affected.) This is easy to remedy: draw a line 1/2" from the printed cutting line to create a new cutting line, as shown below.
- In the first printing, for sizes 6-12M, 12-18M, and 18-24M, pieces #13, #14 and #15 are missing seam allowances. Add 1/2" from the printed cutting line on each of these pieces as shown in the illustration above.
- In the first printing on the size 6M-4 pattern sheet, piece #4, the Shirt Yoke, has size lines with incorrect labels at the neck and shoulder edge. The piece should read as follows.
- In the first printing, on the size 6M-4 pattern sheet, piece #11, the Short Sleeve, has size lines with incorrect labels at the lower edge. The piece should read as follows.
- In the first printing, on the size 5-12 pattern sheet, piece #1 has size lines with incorrect labels on one side. The inner-most line should be labeled Size 5. The size labels printed in two other locations on this pattern piece are correct.
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