Sunny Golden Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

It’s hard to start writing about my new favorite shirt while I’m still reeling about the unnecessary violence at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack hits so close to home for me. Running is a huge part of my life. I ran the Boston Marathon last year (and in 2005), I had friends running this year, and I spent most of my Monday morning watching the live streaming of the race. My heart goes out to all those who have been impacted.

[Huge, deep breath.]

Okay, so about my awesome new shirt. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that since stitching on the final button (by hand!) on Saturday, I’ve been wearing it non-stop. I figured it was okay since it was unlikely I was going to see the same people on Sunday as on Monday, so no one would know! Well, no one except my husband, but he’s really understanding. Plus, it’s become one of his favorite shirts on me, too!

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

I think it’s secret to becoming my favorite so quickly is the fabric. When I stumbled upon this sheer gold plaid cotton shirting from Marc Jacobs (also in lemongrass and the always popular maroon) on the Mood Fabrics site, I knew it would make the perfect boyfriend shirt. It’s sheer, gauzy texture gives just the right amount of femininity to the masculine lines of the button down. As I was working with it, it confirmed over and over that it was a great choice. It handled really well, particularly as I was topstitching and grading, trimming, and clipping seams – keys to a nicely sewn button down.

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

The sun just glows through the sheer fabric! But, the fabric is not so sheer it’s indecent. In fact, even though I’ve been wearing this shirt over a camisole, I don’t think it would even be remotely scandalous to wear it all by itself, especially with the added pockets.

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

The pattern I used was Grainline Studio’s Archer Button Up Shirt. One of the first steps when making the pattern is to add the pockets to the two fronts, and I was so thankful to get that done earlier rather than later as these bias-cut pockets really wanted to stretch! I had to use a lot of care – and a lot of steam! – to keep these pockets the right size before they were fixed to the shirt. It was worth it though, as I really like the look of the diagonal plaid mixed in with the horizontal.

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

I also cut the yoke on the bias and had to be careful about stretching there as well. I kept the two cut yokes pinned to the pattern piece until I needed them. Next time I might cut the inner of the two yokes on the straight grain so that I can have even more stability without compromising the look of the yoke from the outside.

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

I cut the placket on the bias as well, but its interfacing kept it nicely behaved. I’ve now made several button down shirts, so details like the collar and cuffs came together quickly. I did wonder if the collar was a tad bit narrow, but I figure it’s delicate stature also adds to the femininity of the shirt.

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

One of my favorite details about the pattern are the angled cuffs. I like how they really set the shirt apart from something you might find in a store. They show the care and attention to design that come with being able to make your own clothes. I did make one small change to the pattern: I gathered the sleeve into the cuff instead of pleating it. Just a personal preference.

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

I took my time when cutting and sewing to try to maximize my chances for pattern matching along seams. For the side seams I focused on aligning the horizontal repeats. I’m very pleased at the result of my efforts, particularly as I was using French seams, which meant I had to think about aligning the major stripes twice! The French seams keep the insides nice and neat, a must for a sheer fabric like this one!

Marc Jacobs Cotton shirting button up

It’s always nice to make a new favorite garment. I hope all of you are having luck sewing new favorites as well!

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  • Michelle
    April 16, 2013

    I love the way your shirt turned out! The fabric looks incredible and very well suited to this button-up.

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      Thank you! I am quite pleased with the fabric. It really makes this boyfriend shirt!

  • Kacie
    April 16, 2013

    This is so beautiful! I wasn’t sure if the Archer pattern was for me, but I can totally see myself wearing it now if I use a nice feminine fabric like yours. Beautiful job!

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      I do think a feminine fabric makes what could be a boxy pattern into something quite stylish and fun! Go for a sheer and make sure it doesn’t have too much ease!

  • Kay
    April 16, 2013

    It is lovely, and looks great on you!

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      Thank you very much!

  • Lauren
    April 16, 2013

    Gah, it looks so nice! I was just talking about this pattern earlier this morning… must be a sign 😉

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      It is a sign! I’d love to see your take on the Archer. I bet it’ll be pinned like crazy. You seem to have a knack for making trendy patterns even trendier!

  • Lori
    April 16, 2013

    Your shirt is incredible, the fabric is stunning. I just purchased this pattern and am anxious to make it.

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see your styling on this shirt. You always pick such great colors!

  • Carolyn
    April 16, 2013

    The bias sections give the shirt personality! Love it!

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks! I do like those bias sections. Hopefully I’m learning little lessons that will help make it easier and easier to work with fabric that just wants to s-t-r-e-t-c-h!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 16, 2013

    Love you in yellow! What a nice shirt you’ve made. The fit perfect – not too loose or fitted , and the pattern details make the top special. Good job!

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      Thanks! I do like my yellows and golds. I think the earthy yellows, greens, blues, browns, and golds are my best colors, though I can’t help but love jewel tones as well.

  • Manju
    April 16, 2013

    Seen a few versions of this shirt: yours is one of my favourites. Must get the pattern! The colour really suits you.

    • Amy
      April 17, 2013

      You should get the pattern! I always enjoy buying patterns from independent pattern designers. And, then you should make it in a fun fabric – perhaps a sheer Marc Jacobs plaid from Mood?!

  • Amanda S.
    April 17, 2013

    Very nice! I love all the bias details.

    • Amy
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks! A bit of fabric cut on the bias is always fun to throw into plaid shirts, even if you do have to be careful with it.

  • Ginger
    April 17, 2013

    This is gorgeous! Yellow really suits you! The stitching and details are all impeccably done.

    I also have to add that I’m so glad that you were safely out of harm’s way. What a heartbreaking situation…

    • Amy
      April 28, 2013

      I used my edge stitch foot for most of the topstitching, and I have to say I love the even line of stitching it gave me! Highly recommended.

  • Debi
    April 18, 2013

    Wow!! This is amazing!! That fabric looks divine!! Really a perfect match of fabric and pattern!

    • Amy
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks! As soon as I saw the fabric on the Mood site, I couldn’t wait to make this shirt!

  • Crystal
    April 18, 2013

    The fit of your shirt is amazing and so flattering. Well done!

    • Amy
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks! I cut the size that fit my bust, which had measurements that were a tiny bit small for my waist and hips. But, I figured it would just remove some of the ease that I wasn’t sure I wanted anyway. I didn’t adjust the shoulders at all, and they fall a little wide, but I think that’s the look of this casual shirt.