Hey everybody! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! Before I jump into the post….I have new hair!!! Lol! I am LOVING my new cut and color! It has been so much fun playing in it the last couple days! I feel so much “lighter, and care-free”. Cutting my hair had been something I’ve wanted to do for months, but kept putting it off! I woke up last Wednesday and decided that was the day! One of my best decisions!
Today’s post is all about my NEW favorite button up shirts! I’ve made button up shirts before but these were by far my best and I love them! I started out with the idea to simply make one, but one, turned to two, and two to three, and before I knew it, I was batch sewing!
Batch sewing is something that I’d never done before! I’m usually a “one at a time” maker, so this process was really interesting and surprisingly fun. I’ll get into that process in a bit, but first the shirt!
For my shirts, I used Vogue 8772 View B. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this pattern! I will be making more of these soon because it has every detail that I love in a button up. Compared to my recent make of McCalls 7575, this Vogue has….
a whole back piece (no yoke)
one sleeve pattern (not an upper and lower sleeve)
fold-over button placket (not a separate placket pattern piece)
a sleeve placket above cuff (no snip, fold and make narrow hem)
Like I said, every detail that I love. Now don’t get my wrong, if you love the details that McCalls 7575 has, then by all means, make it. Its a great pattern with amazing tips for fit, and great instructions. This is all about personal preference here. I like shirts to be simple and classic and for me that Vogue 8772 all the way! I love it!
For fabric, I use a Yellow and White Gingham from Measure Fabrics. Its a great lightweight cotton and it sewed up great. Because this pattern has a fold over placket it made matching up the gingham really easy.
When it come to matching up gingham, stripes or plaids, I learned from Ms. E in her article in Sew Sew Def Magazine, to line up a line with the grain line. And from Mimi G, I learned to trace the lines of the stripes, line, print onto the pattern, cut out a fold piece as a single layer, and use your notches to line things up too. I’ve been using these tips since I read them to help me, and I think I do a pretty good job lining things up.
Now to the batch sewing process. I’m no pro at this, like I said it was my first time doing it. With that being said, I still want to share a couple things I learned in case you want to give it a try.
Use a pattern that you know will fit. Did I do that? NO! LOL! I didn’t plan on batch sewing! Its just so happened, I got lucky! I was either gonna have 3 new shirts, or using this as a learning experience and giving all 3 shirts away! LOL!
Do ALL steps at the same time. Cut everything out, interface all the pieces, sew all the dart, finish off all the seams, etc. Thats the purpose of batch sewing.
Use fabrics that can use the same color thread. I used fabrics that could all use white thread. No one has time to change serger and machine threads after each stitch.
Have a goal. My goal while making these was to get clean stitching on the inside and outside of the collar and cuffs. I think instead of just focusing on finishing but really trying to improve on something contributed to me creating my best button up EVER!
Have patience. Batch sewing takes A LOT of time upfront repeating the steps over and over again! But the end reward is pretty amazing! I added three shirts to my closet in one day!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I really love this shirts and have gotten a lot of wear out them! Be sure to come back tomorrow for my last post of my TÉLIO collab! Until then….