Hey hey everyone,


Hope you are all having a productive week as we progress through the month. I have another addition or 2 to come off of the sewing table last month. The pattern used is Butterick B5526.

I’ve noticed that within my growing handmade collection, that I lack the basic essentials for example; shirt, trousers, skirts etc. which I am working on to improve. This pattern comes in a variety of different styles of shirts which include different shirt/sleeve/cuff lengths.


I decided to go all in (which is pretty much most of the time) and sew 3 different views in 3 different fabrics from my stash. I made up View B and View D in a size 6. The black and white fabric was a gift from my Mum on her travels to the States and the floral print is from Walthamstow Market.

There was a 3rd shirt but that one isn’t making its way to the wardrobe, instead I’m letting that one go to someone else. The stripy fabric was an absolute pain to sew with but I did get to focus on pattern matching to have the stripes fall in one place.. and for the most part it worked. I did manage to get to the end but was so traumatised by it, I’ve fallen out of love with it.

I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern as I was quite comfortable seeing what the finished measurement sizes were on the envelope. However after trying them all on, I think going up one size would’ve been better simply because the fit was a little too snug on me. This is the case with View D. I used a Nonetheless I think this is a great pattern for a beginner. The instructions are pretty straight forward and if you love sewing buttonholes and don’t mind a bit of hand sewing then this would be right up your alley!

The one thing I should point out is if you are total novice in sewing, you may get a little lost in the cuff area especially when doing the continuous lap, you may need to watch a couple of tutorials to understand how to do it or even know what I’m talking about.

Overall, I enjoyed working with this pattern, I didn’t struggle with anything in particular. This is great to have in your stash if you are looking to put some staple pieces in your wardrobe.


View D – Princess seams giving fitted look and topstitching details