I have always wanted to make a button-down shirt and have come really close in the past. Yet I never did, until a week ago. Last fall I enjoyed a nice shopping escapade and brought home tons of pattern (like I really need more of those). Anyway, I saw Tracy Reese’s new design and decided to get it. You see her design is more of a blouse shirt, and not a lot of structure in the collar and cuff. I felt this was a nice ease in (my way), to the realm of shirt making.
This is a
loose-fitting pullover blouse with front band variations and narrow hem.
View A features a neckband, with front and back tucks, stitched hem on sleeves.
View B features a collar, collar band, dropped shoulders,pockets, a shaped hemline and sleeve with placket, pleats, tabs and button cuffs.
Pattern Sizing Available: – Runs from size 6-22
Look & Feel: – Okay this is just one of those pieces that you can take too almost any event. You will enjoy making this for the office and having the flexibility to enjoy a movie or an evening out on the town. It wears well; you have ease of movement without starving your trendy nature. I probably won’t use the pockets, as my fabric is light weight. I guess the most I would stick in there would be a note or gum. But the design element is beautiful. The Video review shows it styled daintily, while the Look Book shows you the casual and slightly edgy options.
Problems & Fit Issues:
– There were no fitting issues, my only problem was the collar band. It
took the longest time to attach, everything was matching up well. However,
the under collar seemed bigger. Then I
realized it had to
be slightly gathered to fit.
Styling Options: – View my Look Book by
clicking here The video has been recorded, a few changes and
modifications are almost done before I post.
The Moda Shopper –
Paired with a skinny jean, boots and simple necklace, I’m ready to shop
till I drop. This is the perfect look to meet up your friends for
coffee, your kid’s PTA meeting, picnic and other common errands
The Dainty Look – Paired with a lace skirt, statement necklace and bold heels for to add charm and complete this graceful look. This look is perfect for special occasions when you don’t feel like wearing a dress and still stand out.
The Slightly Edgy Look – Paired with faux
leather leggings, lace-up wedge bootie, this is a great look for parties
and night out on the town. Or just for those days when you want to make
What I like about this pattern is it has that easy breezy feel. You know that simple chic appeal, when models or celebrities seem to be wearing a simple blouse but somehow it manages to look like they are stepping out of a magazine, this design has that. I made version B to get a flavor for the instructions, plus I prefer to complete the harder design first, so when I get to the less complicated design I feel a sense of major accomplishment.