It seems like, as of late, Thursdays have been the day designers choose to release the patterns that I have been testing…. Consequently, instead of Linky Thursday (don’t worry, I’m saving that post for tomorrow!), I’m finally able to show you one of my ‘behind the scenes projects’, the Oakley Button Up! This is a great fall wardrobe builder type pattern for a button-up style shirt with some subtle shaping (it’s not a boxy cut and even has bust darts!), long and short sleeves, and two lengths – tunic and ‘regular’.
I recently tested the long sleeve, tunic-length pattern (in a size Medium) and was really pleased at how well it came together (even in the testing phase, I didn’t find that it needed any changes for my size). Since I was going for the longer length, I opted for a thinner material that had some drape to prevent looking ‘bulky’ – a pretty fabric, but it was a booger to work with (not only does it easily slide off grain, but some areas like the pocket required lots of extra interfacing to keep it’s shape). As for the fit, I’m happy with the Oakley Button Up looks on me – I have broad shoulders and the medium seems to fit right about where it should without alterations and it has a nice shape so that you know you’re wearing a women’s top, but still has a relaxed feel to it.
Overall, I think that an advanced beginner could probably manage this pattern without too much difficulty so long as they were comfortable with buttonholes and marking their placement themselves. The Oakley Button-up is on sale today only, so snag yours at the discounted price before it’s too late!