Introduction: Custom Shirt With Nine-Hole Buttons

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For Kieran's birthday, I wanted to make him a custom shirt. I didn't use a pattern, which is why I haven't made a full Instructable out of this, but copied one of his shirts to obtain the right fit.

I knew I wanted something extra special in the finishing details. Enter Steve Hoefer (member Ookseer) and his 9-hole buttons.

We met at the latest Instructables' Build Night at reMake Lounge. Steve had just finished up a batch of prototype buttons and had a few to show off. I immediately fell in love with them (haven't you?), and knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

After begging a few buttons off of him, I had to decide just how to use them. I put Kieran's initials on his cuffs, and chose the word Aspire for the front. I want Kieran to know that his dreams and aspirations are close to my heart, and that he has my endless love and support.

I hope you enjoy the following pictures of the shirt and the buttons. A special thank you to Steve for providing just the right amount of magic to make this a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

Are these buttons for sale, you ask?? Go harass Ookseer, and you might just get your wish!


Britex_Fabrics (author)2009-10-06

I was admiring your shirt earlier in the morning prior to posting our first Instructable. The tailoring is lovely, and the buttons make it even more tres dapper. I want to make the buttons myself, but know I do not have the patience. *sigh*

And I know how difficult it is to get a shirt pattern just so!

porcupinemamma (author)2009-09-30

Oh pleaaaaaaaaaase, Schooch, I am not getting this and I hesitate to ask because I don't want to critisize in any any way...Is the point here that you made your own shirt and added custom buttons? I love the "Aspire" message. xxooLyn

Just a show and tell. I know I usually provide detailed instructions, but this time I decided to take advantage of the slideshow option that Instructables provides as a way to show off your latest projects, even if you haven't created a full on instructable! Also I wanted to feature the 9-hole buttons that Ookseer made and pave the way for his upcoming slideshow on how he made them!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh the old "show and tell" Right on Schooie ;0)

rachel (author)2009-09-29

I think a shirt like this is worth several instructables... offhand, the cuff plackets, the fitting, shoulder/yoke options, collar. Plus of course, the overall How To Make A Tailored Shirt. Beautiful work!

scoochmaroo (author)rachel2009-09-30

Yes. Plackets iz hard.

Grathio (author)2009-09-30

You did such an amazing job on the shirt I was more than happy to provide the buttons. An amazing gift.

scoochmaroo (author)Grathio2009-09-30

Yay! I'm happy you're pleased :) I hope you get a million people bugging you to make some for them.

porcupinemamma (author)2009-09-30

me again...did you know that if you tape a pattern onto a pumpkin, poke holes with a heavy duty needle along the lines, remove the pattern and then wipe flour over the holes that the holes show up really well?

porcupinemamma (author)2009-09-30

GinnyL shows cool ways to repurpose existing clothing. Have you ever watched her videos? They are amazing.

ansanma (author)2009-09-30

What a great idea! I love this and I will try.

lemonie (author)2009-09-29

Tell me what you want the lantern to look like & I'll do it. L

scoochmaroo (author)lemonie2009-09-29

I don't know. . . probably like one of my profile images!

threadbare (author)2009-09-29

You made this shirt without a pattern? I'm so impressed. This is a great gift idea and not just filled with love and thoughtfulness but well executed. Cool!

scoochmaroo (author)threadbare2009-09-29

Thanks! I wish now I'd made a pattern so I could whip out a few more!

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