Buttoned Up

top: me (pattern & fabric c/o, pants: J.Crew Factory, shoes: Shoemint c/o (get 20% off your first pair here!), belt: J.Crew (old), necklace: T&J Designs c/o (currently sold out, but crushing on this beauty), sunglasses: Forever 21, watch: Michael Kors, bracelet: Juicy

I fell in love with this fabric the moment I saw it.  I knew it would make a perfect button-up.  The problem is, the last time I made a button-up shirt it was at 3am my sophomore year of college in the sewing lab.  I was frantically trying to finish it for my final.  It was out of this very baby girl nursery-esque print that was the best they had at Joanns and I knew I would never wear it.  Since then, I have avoided button-up tops like the plague (and you’ll find how much I like purchased patterns here).  But gosh danggit, that fabric.  So I went for it.

The pattern assumes that you know how to apply a placket.  I wasn’t even totally sure what that was, but I figured that wasn’t anything Youtube couldn’t fix.  The pattern was actually pretty straight-forward.  The directions were entertaining (“Told you you needed to mark all those stitch lines!”).  I took my time with this one and actually made a muslin first.  A muslin you guys.  I have as much patience as my 3-year-old when it comes to sewing, so sewing the shirt with practice fabric before actually sewing the shirt was a real feat for me.  But it was a smart move.  I mastered those dang plackets, and made a few adjustments to my final pattern.  I took in the sides and sleeves in a bit, and had the shirt button all the way down instead of just half-way like on the pattern.  And I am totally pleased with the result.  Now I have an altered pattern that I know fits me perfect that I plan on recreating probably more times than you want to see.  And that mint and pink check have Easter weekend written all over it.

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