Sometimes the biggest thing keeping us from accomplishing something is ourselves. Sometimes I see a project and I think, “Wow, that’s amazing, I wish I could make that,” instead of, “Wow, that looks amazing, I could do that!”
I have been eyeing up button up shirts for a little while. There were a lot of things that intimidated me about them. I didn’t even know how to use my buttonhole foot. It was just one of those, “Oh, maybe I’ll learn someday,” type of things.
Then I got this beautiful yellow plaid from Mily Mae. I started looking up ideas and kept seeing this little boy modeling for Old Navy in his mustard plaid shirt. I became determined to cross buttons off my list and make it.
I purchased the Birch pattern by Sew a Little Seam and realized how clueless I was. Buttonholes were one of the least of my concerns as I looked through and saw several things I had never done. I found the directions very clear and easy to follow on all of the little details (collar, collar stand, sleeve plackets, sleeve tabs, etc…) The designer did an excellent job with illustrations during each step.
I really can’t say how long it took me because I’m a SAHM to four little munchkins and I’d sneak a few minutes in the sewing room here and there to work on the next step, so I worked on it over the course of the day and the next morning.
I am SO happy with the finished product. I really encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and attempt something that you’ve been telling yourself you can’t do. The finished project is SO worth it!!
Here’s my little man in his Birch button up. I did the pleated pockets with flaps (what little man doesn’t want extra pockets on his clothes?), the long sleeve with continuous placket and tabs to roll them up, and the collar option.
If you’re looking for some perfect fabrics for sewing up some fall shirts, Mily Mae Fabrics is having a site wide Thankful week sale. It’s the perfect time to stock up on this yellow plaid and many other awesome prints. 🙂
For my daughter, I used the Ellie and Mac Girl’s Going Home Raglan and modified it with a skirt and a little bit of extra length on the sleeve cuffs. Ellie and Mac is having a site wide sale through November and have so many cute options for fall and winter sewing!
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