The “A Collar Makes Me Hollar” Shirt
Fabric: Cotton Swiss Dot-main $?, Tan cotton-underlining $1 per yard
Pattern: Butterick 5365 $.99
Notions: thread, 9 teal buttons $1
Time to Complete: A little bit everyday over the course of a week
First Worn and Wear Again: today for pictures and Yes!!!
Total Cost: I’m going to say under $10
Hi ya’ll! Today is my first day back at school and my daughter’s first day of High School. Eeek! I held everything together until she got out of the car and then I shed a little tear for the little baby my daughter isn’t anymore. She’s a young woman who is beautiful, smart, confident and stylish. Love her! Alright, tearing up again…let’s talk about this shirt.
I’ve been on the lookout for a cute, easy button down shirt pattern. I have a few requirements for these shirt patterns. First and foremost, it must have options for different cup sizes. I still need to learn how to correctly do an FBA and not having to do one just makes my life sooooo much easier. Second, it must be versatile, sleeve options, hem options, fabric options, you guys know what I mean. Anyway, I’ve cruised passed this pattern quite a few times, because of the line drawings. I prefer to see a pattern on a real person, am I alone in this? You can never be sure how it will translate. I picked it up on a whim at a pattern sale. I made a muslin out of the tan underlining and then dove right in.
This pattern went together super duper easy! I underlined every piece so that added a lot of extra time. I’m so glad I did though, because the swiss dot is really see-through. The construction was really straight-forward and I’d recommend this pattern to the novice or the advanced. I changed the sleeves a little bit. I left the sleeves a mid-length to allow for cuffs or no cuffs. I thought about tacking the cuffs down, but I like options. I also didn’t use the cuff pattern piece, I just rolled them up.
Here’s a close up of the underlining. Also, you can just see my french seam on the right side of the pic. I prefer french seams. Neat, tidy and quick. This shirt had an interesting finish for a button down. Perhaps it’s common, but I’ve never seen it. Instead of a placket there was a facing. I prefer a placket, but used the facing method just to try it out. I’m even more convinced that I prefer a placket. :D
Here’s a close up of the collar. I still need to tack that facing down to the shoulder seams. I even still have pins in the shoulder seams, which I forgot about until after the pics. Whoops!
I’m still unsure about this pattern. It’s a little boxy, and I wish the hem was a little longer, but that’s easily fixed. I’ve already got my eye on another shirt pattern so this might just be it for Butterick 5365. About the title, have any of you seen Honey Boo-Boo? I love trashy television!