With this tutorial, you can transform any existing button-up shirt into a pioneer-style shirt with just a few snips and stitches. This tutorial will work to adjust any button up shirt to make a great pioneer costume for boys or men. Fabric suggestions include light solid colors (white, cream, gray) as well as fairly traditional plaid fabrics.
1. Cut off the collar of the shirt, just above the fold. Because of the existing top stitching, this cut will not fray.
2. About 1/3 of the way down from the top of the shirt, button two buttons. Between the two buttons, stitch a square, reinforced by an X.
3. Starting at the bottom of the shirt, cut along the stitching of the placket (the button-hole part of the shirt) Cut along the stitch until about ¼” below the square you stitched in the previous step.
4. Cut across the placket at that point, parallel to the stitching of the square.
5. Remove all of the buttons where the placket was cut.
6. Turn the cut edge and the front of the button piece together (right sides together), and stitch closed on the wrong sides. Match your seam allowance to the cuts you have made so that the front of the shirt won’t pucker.
7. Turn the shirt right side out and press the seam you made.
8. Pick off the chest pockets if necessary.