Today’s Valentines look is a colorblocked pastel button up shirt inspired by a men’s shirt I saved from Pinterest a year ago. I had all intentions of recreating the shirt for my husband, but he blatantly refused to wear anything pastel. I kept it saved on my phone with hopes that one day I could convince him to let me make him one. Well a whole year passed and I failed at convincing him so I decided to make it for myself! Just before starting this project, I looked up pastel colorblocked shirts again and realised they are actually trending right now. It seems like this will be a Spring 2021 trend which is crazy! Perfect timing I guess!
What makes this even more perfect timing is that while I was trying to figure out how to style this shirt for Valentines, it dawned on me that these colors match conversation hearts perfectly! Yay! So while these are not traditional Valentines colors, it still totally works for Valentines and in the cutest way possible! I absolutely love conversation heart candies.. yummy!
Right now we are smack dab in the middle of the #bhmpatterndesigners challenge so I really wanted to merge that with my Pinspiration Sewing Episode. I chose the Daphne Button Down Blouse by Style Sew Me to recreate the look. Honestly, I couldn’t have made a better choice! A shirt is a really good way to try colorblocking if you are intimidated by the idea of dissecting a pattern and adding back seam allowanced to allow for colorblocking. A shirt has so many pieces that colorblocking is as simple as just cutting each piece in a different color.
I still can’t believe I found the exact colors of Oxford Shirting Cotton in my fabric store. Literally a few days before our lockdown started, I managed to grab lilac, pastel yellow, baby pink and mint green! Those were the only pastel color they had in stock and they were my exact color picks! How crazy! I could have cried tears of joy that day! So I have a mint green back with a pink yoke. One mint green sleeve and the other pink. My front pieces are yellow and lilac with a pink pocket, and my collar is lilac.
What I didn’t take into consideration was how many times I would have to change my threads. Oops! You can whip this shirt up in a few hours but I ended up running over into the next day becahse I chose to do alot of topstitching and that required lots of thread changing in between. Well worth it though! The instructions call for you to slipstitch your collar stand and cuffs but I hand basted first and then did topstitching on my machine. I even did faux flat felled seams to give the shirt a more ready to wear feel. I felt it was especially necessary because I chose pastels. I was scared the colors could read nursery or hospital or even school uniform.
The Daphne is offered in sizes XS-XXL. I fell at L bust and XL hip. I made a mock up of straight XL hoping to get that boyfriend fit I desired but it was actually a little big up top. So I actually cut a new line in-between both sizes and then graded to XL hips. Fits perfectly! I left the length as is because I wanted a more tunic style shirt and it covers my bum as desired! I nailed the fit if I do say so myself! The main changes I made were to the sleeves. After analyzing the sleeve piece, I realized it was drafted to be well oversized. I graded my sleeve from my new in-between line all the way down to the XS at the wrist. I cut at the length of the XS as well! So my cuff pieces are also XS. I still have more than enough room in the sleeves and they are still a little long on me. I always roll up my long sleeves on button shirts anyway so this works just fine. Really happy I graded down to the XS. I have chunky biceps but incredibly bony wrists. I can fit child sized bracelets and watches.
The back piece is sandwiched between the two yoke pieces. One yoke piece is attached to the front at the shoulder and then the other is secured with slipstitching. I omitted this step and used the burrito method instead. I find it to be much neater, easier and quicker to do. I did zero slipstitching on this shirt. I egestitched all around my collar stand and cuffs. I didn’t bother adding buttons to my cuffs knowing I would always roll them up.
I prefer this type of button placket where it is built into the front pieces. You just interface and then fold over and topstitch. As opposed to adding a separate button band that is folded in half to create double layers of interfacing and fabric. Eryn’s pattern has it just the way I like it. Alot less bulky and easier to do buttonholes. My machine sewed my buttonholes like a dream with no issues whatsoever. For buttons, I used a small round button that is white mixed with clear parts. So pretty and perfect for this shirt!
I am so happy I decided to recreate this shirt for myself! I really enjoyed working on this project and I realised I actually love making button up shirts! I loved seeing the colors come together and I actually had fun sewing my collar and button plackets! Who would’ve guessed? Highly recommend this shirt pattern especially if you are just wanting to try your first button up. This is a good one to start with especially because Eryn has a sew along video! I hope you guys love this episode of Pinspiration Sewing as much as I enjoyed creating it!