Button-Up Bliss

I have purchased all materials, patterns, workshops, etc. myself. All opinions are my own.

Once again, I sewed something inspired by a favorite RTW garment in my closet. I have two plaid flannel button-up shirts that I purchased a few years ago. I love wearing them during the colder seasons and finally sewed my own version which fits better.

To draft my pattern, I once again made use of the book “Patternmaking for Fashion Desiogn” by Helen Joseph-Armstrong. The book describes how to adapt the basic bodice block to create a pattern for a button-up shirt. It also shows different options for collars, button stands and cuffs.

I went for a classic button-up look. My patten has a cut-on button stand, shirt collar with stand, sleeve vents with tower plackets, rounded cuffs and a double-layer back yoke.

Since I had already put in the time to adjust my basic bodice block, the drafting was pretty quick. Still, I sewed a toile, mostly to make sure I actually know how to put the whole thing together. When you draft your own patterns, you also have to come up with your own instructions or use those of a similar sewing pattern.

The result is another well-loved garment. It fits quite well and I wear it almost every week. The fabric is a fine wool from Zuleeg. It’s quite warm, drapes beautifully and is also not scratchy. Even without an undershirt, I can wear it comfortably. The pattern is a plaid in dark tones. The background is navy and there are dark green stripes with red accents.

I like this button-up so much that I’m currently working on sewing two more versions. I’m using more Zuleeg fabric for both. One is a light wool, the other a sturdier cotton twill.

In the photos, I’m wearing the shirt with my Ginger Jeans.

By Bettina

After years of knitting, embroidering and general crafting, I started sewing in April 2018. I mostly sew clothes for myself, but every now and then I'll make something for my husband or sew bags.

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