Hot! The “Lucky Save’ shirt

The Facts
Fabric: Poly Cotton (possibly the op shop, but more likely a cheapy from Lincraft)
Pattern: Butterick 6550 Version A, with a first attempt at a FBA
Year: 2001
Notions: Thread, 5 buttons from op shop
Time to complete: 6 – 8 hours
First worn: for the photo
Wear again? Yes, it will be a good shirt for work

Total price: approx. AU$6.00

I call this the Lucky Save’ shirt as it was just as I was about to open the last button-hole when I realised that I had sewn it in the wrong place (about an inch lower than it was supposed to be). So out came my best friend (seam ripper) and I carefully and with success, removed the stitching and resewed the button-hole.

My old machine had a four-step button-hole system and I love how the new machine is a one-step job. I have also now learnt how to do the buttons on this machine so it has been a very useful challenge.

I faffed around for most of this week before settling on this pattern. I wanted a simple pattern as I needed to do a FBA and so didn’t want to start with anything too complicated. I then procrastinated and cleaned up my desk and sewing area (which was actually really handy) before choosing fabric and getting started. It did all go together quite easily and if I am needing another simple shirt, would certainly use this pattern again.

You can’t see it but I am also wearing the half-circle skirt I made over the Christmas break and it is finally hot enough to wear. Summer is sort-of, almost here! yay!



Jen Brown just plain-old likes making stuff. If it's usable and wearable when complete, so much the better. A new technique or a chance to see how something worked is where the challenge lies.


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  1. You did a great job! Aaagh! I hate ripping out buttonholes. That was indeed a lucky save to discover the buttonhole was placed in the wrong spot.

  2. Great blouse! The fabric looks cool and comfy. It looks like a great shirt to wear on a warm day. I’m jealous, it’s in the mid-twenties here in NORCAL.

  3. It looks cool and comfy! I like that color too. It must be great to wear in the warm weather. It’s below freezing her in Northern CA.

  4. Well done on the save – it’s a great shirt!

  5. Hooray for an FBA, great shirt x

  6. Your shirt turned out magnificent and the color is gorgeous!

  7. Nice work with the FBA! This looks like it will soon become a wardrobe staple :D

  8. Great shirt, it looks great.

  9. lol Butterick was obviously fond of Pattern No.6550. I’ve just googled it and found it was also used as skirt pattern, a vintage boys costumes (inc. Uncle Sam) and bibs and nappy covers.

    Thank you all – It’s nice to get on run on the board for the year.

  10. That looks great! Well done, good fit.

    I use a razor blade on buttonholes… I “shave” the stitches off the wrong side. Works very nicely indeed.

  11. That color is great on you! and I’m not the first to notice that, apparently :)

  12. Jen,
    great job with your shirt.Looks great and I am soooooo happy that you were able to fix your button hole.. Happy sewing.