Today we welcome the final new team member with her first post. Michelle shows us just how stunning a basic can be with her Bookworm Button Up. Read on…
Hi everyone! I'm Michelle from Falafel and the Bee and I am thrilled to be on the Blank Slate Pattern Team! Melissa's patterns are some of the very first patterns I had ever sewn up. They taught me how to install a zip fly, and do welt pockets, and oh so much more. I am honored to be here sharing the newest "first" for me with the Bookworm Button Up.
I had never attempted buttoned cuffs before! And do you want to know something? They weren't that difficult to do! As always with Blank Slate Patterns, this one walks you through every step clearly and precisely so that in the end you have a very professional looking product.
I made a size 7 for my petite 9 year old, based on her measurement, and the fit is great. There is even a little room to grow (which I so love). This shirt has so very many options to choose from (that I was super excited to sew up), and it honestly surprised me when she chose the most basic version. No pockets, no fancy back, and no bows. She is "almost 10, you know". Goodness they do have strong opinions, don't they? Even without all the fun stuff added, you can see that it still looks great!
Rachel from Imagine Gnats generously supplied this incredible Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric which was perfect for this pattern. Seriously decadent. I think choosing the right fabric for the right pattern makes all the difference.
I did French seams throughout, which aren't necessary, but do give it a lovely finish. I even did a little pattern matching! The instructions walk you through putting together the back yoke so that the inside is as pretty as the outside. The collar and cuffs are finished neatly.
This shirt is an excellent addition to any Fall school wardrobe. Along with the great embellishment options, there is also a boy version! I really enjoyed sewing this one up so much that I have started another.