Boys Can Wear Pink Blog Tour: PABP Oxford Button Up

I am thrilled to be part of the ‘Boys Can Wear Pink Too!” tour! I am having so much fun making clothes for my two little men. My husband is a ‘big dude’ and while amazing, he is pretty much a ‘typical boy.’ I am not sure what is more fun about this tour; telling him that I am making matching all pink Miami Vice Suits for ‘his sons’ and watching the horror dance across his face or seeing all the amazing pink creations that we have seen so far on the tour! Either way I am having a blast and I hope you are too. Here is a link to the RoundUp Page for the Boys Can Wear Pink Tour! Today I am going to share with you my pink creation.
I wanted to use this opportunity to get prepared for Easter and make my boy’s new dress shirts for Church. I also wanted to highlight the color pink without making the shirt all pink. I choose to do this by adding pink pipping to  the Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt, by Peek-a-Boo Patterns. This is a pattern that I am familiar with and so felt comfortable making adjustments to it. You can purchase the pattern by clicking on the affiliate link in the sidebar or make adjustment to a pattern you already have following the basic guidelines that follow.

Pattern: PABP Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt
Fabric: Illusion Dust in Grey by  Art Gallery & JoAnns Basic Solids in Pink
Trim: Pink Pipping
Adding Piping to a Dress Shirt
The first thing that you need to do is make a copy of the Shirt’s FRONT pattern piece. To do this you will need a marking pen, paper (I used craft paper), a quilting ruler, scissors, and your pattern piece.
First trace your pattern piece onto the paper leaving at least 2 inches between the edge of the paper and the center line of your pattern piece. Now set trace any additional pattern markings onto your new pattern piece, like the pocket placement. Also you are going to want to mark this as the LEFT FRONT Shirt Piece. We are going to extend the left piece because that it the side that traditionally has the button holes for men’s clothing. Then you can set your original pattern piece aside, we will not be using it again.  **Please remember that I am using PABP Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt. So- I am basing my measurements off of the directions in this pattern. If you are using a different pattern you will need to figure out your measurements based off of your directions. For example, Amy, has us fold the button placket over 1/4 of an inch  first then another 1″ . These numbers are the base of my adjustments. If your directions use different widths you will need to adjust my numbers accordingly.
I am going to add the piping to the Left Button Placket so we will be creating a new piece to our pattern. This is how I did it; Using your quilting ruler place it 1/4 of an inch to the right of your center line. Now mark dots at each ‘inch’ interval from the top of your pattern piece all the way down to the bottom.

Next mark a straight line (from top to bottom) 1″ to the right of the dotted line you just created. This is placement on the shirt where you would have originally had the fold for button placket. This is were we need to add the first seam allowance.

Place your ruler 1/4″ to the left of this solid line and mark a dashed line from top to bottom. This will be the new Cut Line for the the Left Front Shirt Piece.

Now line your ruler up  1/4″ to the left of the dashed line and mark a solid line from top to bottom. This will be the marking for the placement of your interfacing on the new pattern piece we are creating. Your interfacing is 1″ wide so you will need to make a second solid line 1″ to the left of the solid line you just marked. Shade in this rectangle. Hang in there cause we are almost done.

Lastly mark a solid line 1/4″ to the left of the last line (the outer edge of the interfacing rectangle). This is the new center edge of the pattern.

Once you have all your lines marked you can cut the new pattern piece, the Button Placket, off of the Left Front Shirt Piece by cutting on your DASHED line. Now use these two pieces to cut out your fabric for the LEFT Shirt Front only! Use your original pattern piece for the Right Shirt Front.

Now that we have our new pattern piece we can add the pipping to the button placket. Take your pipping and pin it to the center edge of you Left Front Shirt Piece, right sides together, so that the two raw edges match. Stitch the pipping to the shirt front. If you have a ‘narrow foot’ I would suggest you use it for this step.

Now take your new pattern piece, the button placket, and bond the interfacing to it, in the shaded rectangle as marked on the pattern piece. Then fold and press the left edge over 1/4 of an inch, so that the wrong sides are together.

Then take the button placket and place it on top of of your pipped left front shirt piece, right sides together. You should have the pipping in-between your two fabric pieces at this point. Pin and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance joining these two pieces.

Press the seam toward the sleeve-side and then press the button placket toward the sleeve-side so that when you are looking at the front of your shirt the pipping is the center edge and the right side of the button placket is visible on the inside of the the shirt.

Now you will top stitch against the pipping and along the inner edge of the button placket.

You are done! You have made a new pattern piece and added pipping to the button placket on the front of your new shirt. Tada! You are awesome! Now to finish the shirt, just keep following the pattern directions and before you know it you will be done. I also added pipping to the back yoke and the cuffs. I think that this really allowed the pink to pop but not overwhelm the shirt. I used a solid pink for the sleeve plackets, inner yoke, and the collar. I have to say that I am tickled pink about how perfect it turned out!

My husband calls it the ‘rich guy shirt’ because apparently having a collar that is a different color than the suit is a trend among owners of sports teams.  Whatever his reasons, he approves, pink collar and all. My little ladies even told their little brother that he looks very handsome in pink.

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on the tour and to enter the contest. There are wonderful prizes, even a $25 Gift Certificate to our shop, Phat Quarters, and a fat quarter of the fabric that I used, Illusion Dust in Grey by Art Gallery. Thanks for stopping by today!



$25 gift certificate, plus a surprise fat quarter from Phat Quarter Shop
One yard of solid cotton/lycra & one yard of coordinating fabric from Purple Seamstress
One pattern of choice from Paisley Roots
$20 store credit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
One pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates
One pattern of choice from Mouse House Creations
One Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

0 thoughts on “Boys Can Wear Pink Blog Tour: PABP Oxford Button Up

  1. Wow. Your fabric combo is excellent. I love how that pink compliments your sons skin tone. It totally dapper dude look. Congrats on shocking your husband in the right way.

  2. Loving the piping accent, it adds so much! He's rocking the pink too…I think you should make your hubby a matching shirt too 🙂

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