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« on: July 11, 2010 07:32:00 PM »

I picked up this pattern ages ago during one of those $0.99 sales at Hancocks.  It's a pretty handy pattern in that you pick a dress size and a bust size (by cup).  Cools.  It's straightforward with the instructions, but I'm biased because I also have David Coffin's shirtmaking book so have a decent idea of how collars are done (though this is the first time I've finished a button-down).  I finished ALL the seams.  French seams and those nice shoulder seams all around, most of the techniques courtesy of Mr. Coffin.  I serged the sleeves on after basting them on with the regular machine.

I've seen short sleeve button-downs described as "camp shirts" which I like.  Wearing them out with shorts feels a little bit old fashioned and kind of dressed up, kind of not. 

Anyway, the shirt:

I made the collar maybe a tad large, but I like it.  It sits pretty well.

Excuse the wrinkled armpits.  I wore the shirt today so it's a bit broken in already.

The sleeve details I did myself.  A friend had something like this on a shirt I admired so I decided to add them here.

Things I'll change next time:  I'll nip it in a bit more through the waist (it's fine as it is though) and I'll use a lighter interfacing up the front.  The button line is a bit stiff when I sit, but it might soften with a wash.

Anyway, it's a good pattern, I recommend it and will use it more.  Happy sewing.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010 07:52:01 PM »

Your shirt looks professional - very well done!  And I really like the fabric - good choice.

« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010 08:12:06 PM »

Great job!  This gives me inspiration to try a button down shirt now.  Love It! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010 08:16:54 PM »

What a great shirt! I'm not brave enough to try button downs. Yours looks fantastic!

« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010 08:26:53 PM »

Fabulous work! I love everything about it! The sleeves, the pattern, the fabric, and your talent! Great work!

Button ups are my favorite to sew, but collars still give me heart burn. Would you recommend that Shirtmaking book for a non-pro seamstress?

« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010 09:52:35 PM »

Super cute love the fabric

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2010 05:47:03 AM »

I would recommend the book, DreaminStitches.  He does little exercises in the beginning to work on specific techniques like getting the collar to curl inwards and things.  I learned alot about construction of clothing period from that book, not just shirtmaking.

Thanks for the compliments!

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2010 05:58:33 AM »

Very nice work! I love the fabric and especially the sleeve detail. Sharp!

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2010 02:05:21 PM »

Wow... wonderful shirt. I really like your fabric choice. I haven't tried a button down shirt yet. I take it you recommend Coffin's book.

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2010 09:29:39 AM »

I love the shirt, the fabric, and the details. I'm terrified of collars and buttonholes.

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