I used a heavyweight, dark stretch denim to sew up this 5T shirt. I like the looser fit of this shirt as it will allow him to wear an extra layer underneath during these cold months. A shirt like this is made for showing off your top stitching skills! Between the pockets, button plackets, collar and cuffs, a girl could go crazy-wild, top stitching all the things. Plus with the heavier weight denim, he can wear this in a few months as a light, Spring jacket.
I did throw in a little pop of color with this fun black and turquoise plaid for the outside collar stay and the inside yoke. The fully lined yoke provides another fun place to play with patterns and color. I tend to lean toward classic colors and fabrics for the boys clothing staples but I have plans for a contrast yoke version in the future. Or a contrast collar and cuffs!
If you've never sewn a button up shirt, no need to worry. Melissa's pattern instructions are perfectly clear and easy to follow, making even a tricky sleeve placket, a piece of cake. Or, skip the sleeve plackets and go for the short sleeve option for a quick sew. Either way, you're sure to have a shirt your little one will be proud to wear.