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The Love Notions Driftwood Polo

I made this shirt for my nephew a little while ago, but we just got around to getting pictures. I love seeing him wear it! In fact, I love seeing him wear anything I have spent time making. He really likes it, which makes me so happy. He loves getting handmade things. He lets you know that he loves them and appreciates them, because he wears them a lot!

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I got this pattern back around Christmas I think, and then it took me a little bit to actually get to sewing it. My sister bought this red and white striped cotton lycra for me to use to make something for him back in the fall, and then she became worried that he would look like Waldo of "Where's Waldo." 🀣 So I put off sewing the fabric, because I didn't want to make a Waldo shirt. But finally, I found the courage to cut it and try a polo! I'm glad I did, because he loves it.

Let's Talk About the Pattern:

If you're not a pattern hoarder like many of us, this is really probably the only knit shirt pattern you would need to sew up a wardrobe for your kiddos. This one pattern has quite a few options! You can make just a plain basic tee, which is nice. There is a henley style shirt with a placket and neckband, and then you have the polo collar shirt that I made for my nephew! The shirt also has an optional pocket. I left the pocket off of his. The sleeves can be hemmed or finished with cuffs, and there are both short sleeve and long sleeve options included in this pattern. The bottom hem has nice side seam hem vent, which looks very nice, and adds some detail to the shirt. It's not difficult to sew, however!

I have made shirts with a placket and collar before from a different pattern maker, so I felt confident that I knew what I was doing, however the construction of this one was quite different! I must say, however, that the instructions were AMAZING, and the finished shirt was SO professional looking! This placket turned out nicely. It was not as bulky as the polo style shirt I have made in the past. The inside of the shirt was finished too and looked great! You have a couple of options for finishing the collar included in the instructions. There is a serged on collar and one that is finished with binding on the inside. The binding piece really makes it look finished and professional, so I chose to do that. The other would appear the same when worn, but would be a little quicker to sew!

The pattern includes sizes 2T all the way up to 14. There is a 3/8 inch seam allowance included on the pattern. You will find fabric recommendations on the pattern and the website. Cotton lycra is not one of the preferred fabrics, because it does not have "drape" typically, and can cause a boxier look. However, I sewed the shirt with cotton lycra, and he likes it anyway. This is definitely more of a personal preference.

Recommended Fabrics from the Love Notions Driftwood Polo Listing

The shirt looked so nice in the listing that, although Scotty already measured to the largest size, I chose to grab the pattern anyway! I figured that, at some point, I would probably use it for the littles! After I made the shirt, I loved how it turned out so much that I became sad that he was already fitting the largest size of this pattern! Then, several weeks after I made this, they released the MEN'S VERSION! It's nice to know that when he has a little growth spurt, I can go grab this pattern and continue making him polos! πŸ˜‰

I'll Definitely Use This Pattern Again!

I feel like a pattern is worth having if you'll use it several times. Sometimes I regret getting a pattern because I didn't like the fit, I didn't like the construction, or something was just off, but I'm quickly learning to not shy away from Love Notions Patterns, because they are wonderful!

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