St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Button Shirt

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My sweet Stella has grown into a very opinionated 8 year old. I know some of you understand! When it comes to fashion, Stella MUST be involved in what is created, what is purchased, and ultimately what she wears. What do I expect with such a budding fashionista for a daughter? She is pushing the envelope on fashion every.single.day and although I love that she is, I miss the days where {I} got to choose her outfits. Today, we compromised in the fashion department. I made her a “cool” rainbow shirt that didn’t actually have a real rainbow on it and she modeled it in trade for a lollipop. Yep – I am that parent. Turns out, she actually likes the shirt! Woo! So – if Stella likes it, you have a chance Moms! Here’s the St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Button Shirt tutorial.

What you need:
Grand Slam T-Shirt Pattern or Raglan Style Shirt
Buttons – a rainbow assortment – 20 total, 4 of each color

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Start by cutting out your raglan pattern. Hem the bottoms of the front and back panels. If you use a cover stitch machine, I learned to put my phone as a light on to see through the fabric and get even seems. :) Works like a charm!
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To roll the sleeves take your sleeves and roll up about an inch.
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Roll up another inch or until you like the look.
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Pin in place near the middle and repeat for the other sleeve.
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It’s time to construct your raglan. Follow the steps in the pattern. When it comes to the sleeves be sure to make sure your rolls are flat and even.

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Make sure you don’t have pins where the serger will catch them and sew your sleeves together per the pattern.
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If it’s gone well, your shirt should look like this!
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Attach your collar. Now comes the fun – the buttons! Arrange your buttons on either side of the seems that connect the front panel to the sleeves.
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I took a photo with my phone in case a mishap caused the buttons to get out of order. Attach your button foot and start attaching the buttons. I eyeballed mine, but feel free to use a ruler or measuring techniques that you like. Be sure to start your rainbow up by the collar and keep in mind the armpit of the shirt. You’ll want to stay away from it so the buttons don’t irritate under the arm.

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Now trim your threads and get your model ready! Hint: Lollipops! :)

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Cuff Detail
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Stella getting into it!
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Showing off her favorite button.
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Now – go forth and create your own St. Patick’s Day Rainbow Button Shirts!

xoxo
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Becky Benedict

Sewist/Graphic Designer at Crafty Betty

mother of four. sewist. photographer. graphic designer. scrapper. all around silly lady. Find her at Crafty Betty

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