Hello Everyone! So it has been about 3 days since I have gotten back from spring break in Puerto Rico with my family. We had this trip planned for a little while so I had enough time to plan out what I was going to wear. Originally, I was only going to make myself a shirt dress because I am a selfish sewist, and I’m proud (lol), but then my husband puppy eyes me for a shirt that matched. He really loved the print of the fabric and told me he NEEDED a shirt made from it. Since I had to go back to the fabric store for more of this beautiful palm leaf fabric I decided I was going to make us matching family outfits!.
For my shirt dress, I used Mccall’s M7890 and this pattern was pretty straight forward and a quick easy sew. I believe if you know about pleats, buttonholes and sewing straight lines you can definitely make this pattern. It wasn’t complicated and it took me about two days EXTREMELY taking my time with it. This pattern does have two large darts in the back, which I loved, that gave it a nice shape to your body. I sewed View A and wore it as a dress since I like my dresses short (I know it is intended to be a tunic but I never listen). I actually found it to be very comfortable and I didnt have to keep pulling it down (I cut a 16).
For the kids I used Simplicity S4760. These were a little more “intricate” as there was a lot of hand sewing and basting around the collars. My favorite feature of this pattern is that it has a shoulder yoke so you can make that an interesting contrast. Had I read the pattern ahead of time and knew about this feature I would have added a contrast to the kids shirts to make them slightly different. This pattern came with both kid and adult sizes in one pattern so this is a BIG plus. You can make the whole family shirts with this one pattern. I of course thought the pattern I used for my husband was going to have all sizes but it did not so I had to check my stash for one for the kids, luckily I already knew I had it, was just a matter of finding it.
For my husband’s shirt, I used Mccall’s learn to sew pattern M6972. This pattern was really easy to make, again for all of these patterns you do need button hole making practice. I actually made this shirt before I made any of the others. This one definitely prepared me to make the boy’s shirts. The hand sewing around the collar is introduced to you in this pattern. The only difference between this pattern and the simplicity one is the shoulder yoke, this pattern did not contain it.
Each one of the shirts had different color buttons so that we can tell them apart (mainly the boys lol). I had pink buttons, unfortunately, my husband had green ones, my oldest son took my lavender buttons and my youngest had yellow ones. We got some great reactions on our matching family attire while in PR. I think this was a success and I absolutely loved the outcome.
Originally all the boys were supposed to wear red pants but dad forgot his at home when we went to PR. Overall, we looked great!