Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tiny Button Down Shirt: FAIL



Last winter, just before my son's school concert and Kid's Clothes Week, I realized he had outgrown his dress shirts. What a perfect opportunity resize one of my husband's castoffs into an adorable and practical item!

Or not. As the shirt came together (Burda magazine 9/2008, 142), I realized it would be too small. Much. Too. Small. (Again!) I couldn't bring myself to finish a shirt my kid would never wear and bundled the whole mess away.


Last week I cleaned up a pile of fabric scraps, patterns, and unfinished objects. At the very bottom, I found the tiny shirt. Looking it over, I remembered enjoying the puzzle of reusing the button placket, collar, cuffs, and hem instead of making them from scratch. I ran the fabric, delightfully soft, through my hands. And I realized that I was nearly finished!


It took just an evening to complete. The shirt looks great, aside from one ugly buttonhole and a couple of lumpy seams. An utter failure for my intended purpose, but maybe some little guy can put it to use.

Egads! At least it's the bottom buttonhole.

Do you abandon projects you know you won't use or finish them up to give away? Or, like me, do let them sit for eight months while you decide? :)



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