Of Shirts and Thumb-Width Frustrations
There are a number of things that bother me about schools these days, but dress codes are at the top of my list to drive me into fits of rage. A number of school districts impose very gender-biased restrictions on attire. Even on Kindergarten-aged children, spaghetti straps are a no-go and straps must be as thick as three fingers side-by-side. You can imagine that makes it difficult to shop when you live in a state that’s routinely in the 90-105F range starting as early as April. I couldn’t find anything that wouldn’t force the school to shoo my daughter home in a sweatshirt or dirty old gym shirt, so I made my own.
The shirt features a box pleat neckline, but only on the front portion. It sports an a-line frame and button loop closure in the back. The sleeves I added are merely flutter sleeves — gathered up just to give us that perfect 3-finger wide compliance. I somewhat regret the decision to make the neckline bound by bias tape, but I found it was more old-fashioned to use facings. The only facing that I have is small and it is to secure the loop and button in the back. I may rethink this as I head into the Winter months and convert this into a long-sleeved blouse. If I were to post the pattern, it would be fairly silly of me to tell people to find the center back and cut 4″ down the center… even with a guide printed on paper, that just seems weird as a construction step, but it does work and it does create stable, gorgeous results for the back of the shirt!
Note that this is just my first post, so I will be making a long-sleeved version of this soon and provide construction steps along the way! Sadly, I took these pictures months ago, so I’m a little behind 🙂