Sewing for teenagers can be tricky, as they definitely have strong fashion opinions! When I saw a tester call for the Birch Button Up from Sew a Little Seam, I asked my girls if they would want one. Fortunately they said yes! This pattern includes so many options! I started out sewing a long sleeve shirt with roll tabs, full placket, collar, curved bottom, and split side seam. Like I said… so many options!
Once I had decided on the options, I needed to find some fabric. As I was looking through my stash, I spotted this beautiful eyelet fabric. When my oldest daughter was born, almost 16 years ago, I asked my husband for a sewing machine. I knew I wanted to learn to sew, so that I could decorate her nursery. This eyelet fabric was what I used for her curtains. So I channeled my inner Maria, and as I sewed I sang all the songs from the Sound of Music.
Don’t be afraid of all the options, Kelly from Sew a Little Seam provides very detailed instructions, including pictures at each step. One of my favorite parts of the pattern is the tabs to roll up the sleeves.
During testing, a sleeveless version with a tie front was added. I knew my girls would love it!
This fabric is also very sentimental. It is a beautiful floral fabric that I got many years ago from my Grandma. I know that she loved when I started sewing, since it was something that she had always enjoyed.
Another thing I love about the Birch Button Up, is that you can really have fun with all the details. I chose to use a coordinating yellow fabric for the bindings and the inner collar stand.
Now that I have you convinced of how awesome this pattern is, I am excited to be able to giveaway a pattern!
Modifications: None needed since Kelly provided so many options.
Recommendations: Use the detailed instructions to help you along the way. Have fun with your fabric, and add a pop of color on the collar, bindings plackets or any of the other fun details available!
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