Gingham Button Down

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Guys – I made my first button down shirt!  I’ve been wanting to do one forever but was a little nervous about the time consuming nature of plackets and buttons and collars and yokes.  But I found this free pattern over at Spit up and Stilettos and and decided I would just make the perfect black and white gingham top I’ve been searching for.

I got the fabric from Indiesew’s fabric shop a couple months ago.  They don’t have it anymore but they do have some other fabulous apparel fabrics for a limited time  – once they sell out they’ll get different stuff.  Indiesew also has the greatest winter pattern collection available! I just bought the mini collection and can’t wait to make it all! Especially the hooded vest…a perfect layering piece for the desert.


I knew I wanted a little extra detail or a fun je ne sais quoi to make this shirt stand out.  I dabbled with the idea of a lace yoke or hem but then realized that I was just slightly short on fabric (story of my life when i buy fabric for fun instead of for a specific project!).  I realized I’d have to go with shorts sleeves and a contrast yoke to make it work.

I spied some faux leather scraps from Girl Charlee in my stash (used for this dress for Vivian) and knew it was meant to be!  I lined the yoke with a piece of gray cotton so that the leather wouldn’t be up against my skin and then decided to add a front pocket in the same fabric (bonus: no need to hem it!).


As for the sleeves, I just cut them short (about to the elbow) and then cuffed them twice and hand-tacked them in place.   I’m now noticing that the front pulls a bit across my nursing bosoms (ha!) so I probably should have made a large instead of medium, but it should fit just perfectly when that phase of life is over.



I also wish I’d had enough small black buttons for the front – another one of those can’t-get-to-Joann-and-buy-what-i-need-for-this-project-so-i-just-ransack-the-stash moments.  One of these days I’ll probably replace them with something more fun.


This shirt is comfy, the perfect length and a great throw-on-and-go top.  A much quicker and smoother sew than I anticipated and can’t wait to make more!





  1. Ooooooh, LOVE it!! The leather (pleather? do we call it that?) with the gingham is perfect!! And you! Look how cute and slim you are!! Makes me wish I could sew, so I could make all my dream outfits. Love ya!

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