The Julianne Top & Dress by DIBY Club (aff) released yesterday, and this button-up sewing pattern is perfect for every season. From plaid (my current seasonal favorite) to chambray–my closet is going to gain many more of these!

I tested the size 14 curved hem, full button placket shirt with a hood. I also chose the long sleeves and added button tabs. The pattern is extremely well detailed and went together wonderfully. I took some steps to make sure that my plaid matched as well as possible, although I wish I had some extra yardage on hand. Keep reading for my top three tips when working with plaid fabric!This top reminds me of my dad–he had a hooded button-up plaid jacket he wore to work when I was younger. The fit is relaxed but not boxy, and I love the curved hem. It’s the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe, and I’ve already worn it several times since it came off my sewing machine early last week.

It looks great buttoned or unbuttoned, and there are so–many–options. It also looks great on everyone. See for yourself in the tester album HERE.

Working with plaids can be intimidating (especially if you are a perfectionist like myself). This is the best plaid shirt I’ve made yet, let alone the best button down shirt I’ve sewn. My top three tips are below–do you have any to add?

My Top Three Tips for Working with Plaids
  1. Make sure to cut your pattern out on a flat surface.

    I have a bad habit of letting my fabric drape off my cutting table, and that is not a good habit to keep when you are cutting out plaid! A flat surface will keep you from letting your fabric slide around ask you cut.

  2. When cutting two front pieces (like the front bodice of the Julianne), cut one piece, then use it as your pattern to cut out the second piece.

    When you use this piece as your second pattern piece, line up the pattern on all edges so they are the same. Make sure you are cutting that piece so that it MIRRORS the first piece you cut out.

  3. If you have enough fabric, cut your placket, cuff and yoke pieces on the bias.

    This one is more of a “relax, you’ve got this–make it fun” tip more than a practical tip. Cutting these pieces on the bias can add visual detail to your plaid top, and it also makes it less of a headache to line everything up as you sew.

So that’s what I’ve got as far as tips! I loved making this top, and I hope you make one (or two) yourself! If my version isn’t enough inspiration be sure to visit all of the stops on the Julianne Blog Tour below. And don’t forget to visit the Julianne Release Post with details on how you can win the pattern AND fabric to make your own!


The Julianne Blog Tour Schedule

November 3rd – Sewing With Sarah | Bellephant
November 4th – Very Blissful | Stitched by Jennie
November 5th – Styling With Christina | Mermaid Mama Designs | Diskordias Curvy Sewing
November 6th – Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen | Bex Textiles | Love Made Handmade


Thanks for reading!
-Victoria

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