Friday, September 19, 2014

Bowling Shirt Tutorial and Mabel Madison Fabric Shop

I've always wanted to sew bowling shirts for the boys so when Mabel Madison asked if I'd like to create a tutorial using one of there amazing, modern European fabrics, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  And while I know auto themed fabric doesn't necessarily give off the bowling vibe, I thought the vintage feel of this Auto Parts poplin, would make the perfect bowling shirt.

The fabric itself is a dream to work with.  It's soft and buttery and has a lovely drape that's just perfect for button-up shirts.

I used the Bookworm Button Up (affiliate) by Blank Slate Patterns as my base (I gave it a slimmed down look by taking out the back pleat and combined the back pieces into one), but with the following tutorial you can use any short sleeve button up shirt pattern. Once you decide which shirt pattern to use, the bowling stripe modification is easy.

Start by deciding how wide you want your "bowling stripe" to be and mark it.  Cut the front bodice pattern piece apart, copy the "stripe" piece (this is the one without the arm scythe) onto a piece of freezer paper, adding 1/2 inch seam allowance to the right and left sides of the pattern piece.  Now you can cut your pattern pieces out of fabric.

Pin one set of s"stripe" piece and bodice front pieces, right sides together and sew.  Press seam open and zig zag each raw edge.

Topstitch on the right and left of the seam. Repeat for the other bodice pieces.

With the right side of the placket facing the wrong side of the shirt, pin and sew the placket then continue following the pattern instructions for button holes,

pockets, and the rest of the shirt and you are done.

Your little one is now able to rock it out at the bowling lanes in their very own, bonafide, bowling shirt.  It's legit.  We know because we had a group of bowlers come up and ask us where we got his super, cool bowling shirt.

Want to get your hands on some of  the amazing fabrics from this shop?  They've got a great selection of boy fabrics. Lucky you, Mabel Madison is generously giving away a $50 gift certificate to their shop!  U.S. residents only, please.

Giveaway closes August 27, 2014 at 12 am.  A random winner will be chosen and announced here. Enter on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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