Shirtmaking: An Alternate Method for Making a Collar

Shirtmaking: An Alternate Method for Making a Collar

In the original Byrdie instructions, I showed an easier collar making method with the intention of expanding on shirtmaking techniques for those of you that want to take your shirtmaking skills to the next level and add more to your construction skillset.

The method I am showing you today (that I’ve had photographed since three months ago…sorry for the delay!) gives the collar more structure and a shape that naturally stays in place for a more crisp finish.

Shirtmaking: Adding a Yoke to a Blouse Pattern (Burrito Method)

Shirtmaking: Adding a Yoke to a Blouse Pattern (Burrito Method)

Learn to draft and sew a yoke for the Byrdie Button-up (or any yoke-less blouse) with the burrito method of construction.
Byrdie Button-up Pattern Tester Roundup

Byrdie Button-up Pattern Tester Roundup

Today I’m sharing Byrdie Button-up Blouse + Dress makes from the testing group. The testers make this whole shebang possible in a real way! They give me so much valuable feedback on the fit and the instructions. 
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 1: Inspiration

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 1: Inspiration

I almost didn’t even include the introductory “inspiration” post in this sewalong series because a button-up blouse is such a wardrobe staple that is so widely available that it almost seemed silly to be all: here’s how to style this garment.

The reality, though, is that I have about 40 button-up shirts pinned on Pinterest (maybe more?). 

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 2: Selecting Your Size and Choosing Fabrics

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 2: Selecting Your Size and Choosing Fabrics

This post will walk you through selecting the right size and offer some fabric suggestions for your Byrdie Button-up.
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 3: Common Pattern Adjustments for Better Fit

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 3: Common Pattern Adjustments for Better Fit

If you’re reading this, it probably means you are sewing your own shirt, and therefore are likely familiar with the search for the perfect fitting button-up!
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 4: Interfacing Pieces, Sewing Tucks or Pleat

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 4: Interfacing Pieces, Sewing Tucks or Pleat

Once you have chosen your size and fabric and cut everything out, it’s time to prep your Byrdie Button-up pieces.
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 5: Button Plackets and Bust Darts

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 5: Button Plackets and Bust Darts

Before we start assembling the Byrdie Button-up bodice, we need to install the Button Placket and bust darts.
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 6: Sleeve Plackets

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 6: Sleeve Plackets

When I was designing this blouse, I waffled a bit on the sleeve placket construction. Sleeve plackets can be a bit confusing when you are first learning them, so I didn’t want to make it too complicated. But I ultimately decided that the end result of a well-constructed sleeve placket is so satisfying that I couldn’t NOT add them!

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 7: Assembling the Bodice and Sleeves

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 7: Assembling the Bodice and Sleeves

This is the part where your shirt starts to come together! By the end of this post, you’ll be able to try it on for the first time, Yusssss!
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 8: Installing a Collar and Collar Stand

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 8: Installing a Collar and Collar Stand

If you are sewing Version A of the Byrdie Button-up, this post will show you one method for installing the Collar and Collar Stand. This method is the same one outlined in the pattern instructions.
Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 9: Installing a Band Collar

Byrdie Button-up Sewalong, Part 9: Installing a Band Collar

If you’re sewing Version B of the Byrdie Button-up, today’s post will show you how to install the Band Collar. This is a different pattern piece from the Collar Stand that has a slightly more narrow profile.