I’ve had it in my head for a while to sew a long-sleeved denim/chambray shirt. My sleeveless Grainline Alder Chambray Shirt is really versatile as it is a good neutral staple. However, the a-line shape of it doesn’t make it great for wearing tucked in so I thought I’d re-visit Butterick B5526 to sew a plain button up shirt. It was lovely and sunny when I left the shop but by the time I got home it was overcast so the photos aren’t quite as bright as they could be.
I don’t really have anything new to say about the pattern that I didn’t say in my review of it for my Daisy Cotton Lawn version. I made view A in a size 16 again with the same +1″ of length alteration to the front and back body. The only change I made was to swap in the pocket pattern piece from the Grainline Alder, and to drop the pocket placement by 1″ as it was too high before. I’d be tempted to drop it another 1″ in the future.
You might recognise this pale blue yarn dyed cotton chambray from my Spring Sewing Plans post. I had planned to make a shirt dress out of it but have since decided on a different fabric for that! Since I’d already take a length and pre-washed it seemed fate to use it for this shirt. It is a lovely yarn dyed chambray which makes it more interesting than a solid colour. It has a bit more body to it than some of the other chambrays in the shop but it is still lovely and soft with a good drape. I was worried it would crease badly but these photos are taken after wearing it for the day – so it looks like it has held up OK.
Constructions was straightforward. I’m getting into the swing of shirt making and it is nice to be able to move through the steps without constantly having to refer back to the instructions. For speed I’ve done faux flat-felled seams and used a coordinating blue thread for all my top-stitching.
The buttons are these Prym Blouse Buttons – nice and simple white buttons.
I really love the fit of this shirt; it has just the right amount of ease to be comfortable without being sack-like. The sky-blue colour of the chambray is lovely and the weight of the cloth is actually OK which I’m really pleased with. This is sure to become a much worn item. Look at those lovely long sleeves too (I’m 5’7″ for reference).
Total cost: £17.20
Fabric: 2.0m of Yarn Dyed Cotton Chambray – Pale Blue (112cm wide) @ £6.80/m = £13.60
Pattern: Butterick B5526 Misses’ Shirt = £0 (used before)
Notions: Thread @ £1.85 // Interfacing from my stash // Prym Blouse Buttons @ £1.75 = £3.60