There is a new pattern on the block by Pattern Scout! The Byrdie is a button-up blouse and dress pattern that comes in sizes 0 – 28. It comes in three cup sizes – B, C, and D. Version A features a more classic silhouette with a collar and box pleat in the center back. Version B includes a band collar, tuxedo tucks, and bishop sleeves.
I was asked to test the Byrdie in exchange for a copy of the final pattern. I am sharing my thoughts on the pattern because I am super proud of the final product and really enjoyed the making process in general.
This is a loose fitting garment that is perfect for all sorts of personalization. You can add breast pockets or even inseam pockets at the dress length. Contrasting fabric could be used for the cuffs and collar to give a funky twist to the garment. I’m looking forward to making a maxi length version that can be worn open or closed.
I made a size 26 (D cup) based on my current measurements — 54 inch full bust, 44 inch waist, 54 inch hip. I decided to make version A because I am missing a basic button-up in my wardrobe. This is the first button-up I’ve sewn!!! The thought of adding tucks into the mix scared me a little but, but I will certainly do it in the future. I prepared the breast pockets but ultimately decided not to stitch them on because the fabric was so drapey. I think a breast pocket on a chambray Byrdie would work well for me.
I used a rayon poplin that I picked up a while ago from Blackbird Fabrics. I’d kept it in my stash for a shirtdress that I haven’t gotten up the courage to make yet. This fabric is slightly translucent and has a really nice drape. It was pretty easy to sew with and I found it less shifty than a rayon challis. I think it works well with this pattern and gives the garment a romantic feel.
I wanted to share how I styled my Byrdie. I rolled up the sleeves and paired it with my Ames jeans from Cashmerette. This is a casual look that I could wear pretty much everywhere. This is a sihlouette I haven’t tried before but I like it! I also paired my Byrdie with my Glebe pants from Muna and Broad. This gives me more of a 90s business casual vibe with the tucked in shirt and wide leg pants. I feel really good in this combination too. Honestly I would wear this button-up both ways.
I took my new lippie for a spin and I am so glad I did. The color is Bawse Lady and I picked it up from The Lip Bar. It really set the whole look off! I totally wore it to the grocery store and was strutting up and down the aisles.
I enjoyed making this pattern because it was something I’ve had my eyes on for a while. It is actually a part of my 2019 Make Nine list. I conquered a proper collar, 12 beautiful buttonholes, and a sleeve placket. Those were new techniques for me and I am so proud that I did them successfully. The instructions helped me throughout the process and I am confident that I can do it again with minimal seam ripping.
This pattern is very approachable and I think it is a great option for your first button up. I appreciate the additional measurements that are included in the finished garment measurements chart. It allows you to really customize the fit based on your unique body. The more measurements the better! I will definitely make this pattern again and I already have ideas for a few more versions in the future.