I have made lots of costumes that require quick changes and often add zippers to a faux front. For example, when making Shakespearian gowns, all the lacing and eyelets are permanent, where as I place a hidden zipper underneath to enable to actress to change quickly. This may be an option for the dress shirts. I would try a faux button front with snaps sewn underneath, unless your grandson likes the look of western wear, where snaps are the norm.
As for the Tees, Duluth is a wonderful place for long tails. I highly recommend it.
I might try snaps. They will help the ripping (maybe) and you won't have to put buttons on. I tried this once and it worked well. I took a night shirt patter that called for buttons; however my husband uses a t-shirt and wanted the shirt to wear when it got cold. It worked out great, but it will cost a shirt if it doesn't work with your grandson. I would recommend going to a thrift store for shirts to try it out first.
The possibilities always outnumber the problems. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kristie - Florida
You can actually buy T-shirth that are extra long. They're made for plumbers and contractors and can be purchased through Duluth Trading Company. They aren't cheap, but you could get a couple until you cna make some. they are called Longtail T-shirts and are 3" longer than standard ones.
They have a web site but I don't know how to add links. It's www.duluthtrading.com
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