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The Versatile Button-Up Shirt

As this week's 'Outfit of the Week' is Grainline Studio's Archer shirt paired with Sewaholic Patterns' Thurlow shorts, I thought I would devote a blog post to the humble button-up shirt.  This is such a great wardrobe staple!  It is also one that is really popular at the moment. 

Button-up shirts can be styled so many different ways!

Wearing one with (distressed) skinny jeans is a great look.  You can wear the shirt tucked, untucked or partially tucked.  (Another quick styling trick: you'll probably notice in many of the images below that the fashion blogger has rolled her sleeves!)

 

Images clockwise from top left-hand corner: from here, here, here and here

 

Another popular style is wearing one with rolled-up, boyfriend-style, (distressed) skinny jeans. Images clockwise from top left-hand corner: from here, here, here and here

 

I'm really loving the flared and wide-legged styles of trousers that we're now seeing.  A button-up shirt looks great with this style of trousers!  

Images clockwise from top left-hand corner: from here, here, here and here

 

Button-up shirts also work well tucked into skirts.  Particularly popular at the moment is wearing one with a denim skirt: 

Images clockwise from top left-hand corner: from here, here, here and here

 

Finally, as is suggested by this week's 'Outfit of the Week', button-up shirts pair well with shorts!  This week's outfit is Grainline Studio's Archer shirt paired with Sewaholic Patterns' Thurlow shorts.  Archer is pictured below in some of our poplins and shirting fabrics, and Thurlow is pictured in some of our denims and cotton sateens. 

 Inspiration images from here and here 

 

Inspiration images from here and here

 

Inspiration images from here, here, here and here

 

To find out more about this week's 'Outfit of the Week' - and to see the patterns and recommended fabrics - click here.

With regard to fabrics for making shirts, we've got loads!  To see all of our shirting-appropriate fabrics, click here.  Of particular note are our really lovely, high-quality, made-in-England Spencer shirtings.  These come from a specialist shirting supplier who also supplies some of the shirtmakers on Jermyn Street in London!  Our regular Spencer shirting (which we've got in black and white) is a beautiful, fine fabric with a lovely silky feel.  We've also got a pinpoint shirting in our Spencer range (in light blue and white).  This is slightly thicker and - due to its pinpoint weave - has a slightly more casual look. 

Finally, with regard to shirt patterns, there are so many great ones out there!  For this week's 'Outfit of the Week', I selected Archer by Grainline Studio.  It's is a loosely-fitted button-up shirt with a yoke and pockets.  While the pattern itself has sleeves, there is a tutorial on Grainline's website for making it sleeveless.  It's an extremely popular shirt pattern, with 100 reviews and counting on PatternReview.com!  It's also very well-reviewed: of those who rated the pattern, 98% gave the pattern a positive rating!  Finally, Grainline Studio also has a very detailed sewalong on their website for making the shirt.  So, you really can't go wrong with Archer!

 

Archer isn't the only shirt pattern that we stock, though.  If you're looking for a more fitted shirt, you may want to have a look at Sewaholic's Granville shirt.  Another option is Burda's 7136 shirt, which has proper sleeve plackets and an optional pin-tucked bib!  Finally, there's Named's Wenona shirt pattern, which has some interesting design details and can also be made into a shirtdress (very versatile!).

Images clockwise from top left-hand corner: Sewaholic's Granville shirt; Burda's 7136 shirt; Named's Wenona shirtdress and shirt

 

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August 09, 2015 by Amy Lloyd
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