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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.
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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.
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
Edited by: JULESMOM55 at: 7/27/2012 (10:22)
Well I've only used a sewing machine a few of times in my life (way back when).
Now my brain injured grandson lives with me, he can't button up shirts, and when he wants to take a shirt off - rrrip!
He is only 12 years old and is already 5'8" tall. He will be about 6'5" when he reaches his full height.
I need to make or alter ONE shirt pattern (then I can easily make the same shirt over and over), that can be used for long and short sleeves.
I will sew on buttons (for looks only), then sew on Velcro... yes?
So lots of fusing so the Velcro doesn't rip the shirt over time or?
And then I need to make his T-Shirts, or buy them and sew on an additional 6" at the bottom?
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