White Button Down Shirt + Floral Print Full Skirt!

For effortless elegance, pairing a crisp white button down shirt with a floral full skirt is a no-brainer. A classic white shirt is a mainstay wardrobe staple that every woman should have in her closet. White button down shirts top almost every bottom well.  And a fun floral full skirt is appropriate for so many scenarios.  It works for so many occasions whereas a bodycon skirt would not.
Every year, I have to update my classic white shirts.  They occasionally become dingy and threadbare from wear and tear.  The key to a great white shirt is being bright white, crisp and well-fitting.  I decided that my shirt for this year would be classically tailored and sewn in an amazing White Mercerized Cotton Poplin from Mood Fabrics.com.  I also used these gorgeous Crystal Glass Buttons.
My pattern is (OOP) McCall’s 2353 from 1999.  I’ve had it in my pattern stash for years.  It was gifted to me a long time ago and I’m just now getting around to it.  It’s a very easy pattern that I sewed in the same day I started it.  If you’re familiar with shirtmaking, you can do it to.  If not, I suggest you check out a shirtmaking course on Craftsy.com.
I cut the size 14, because honestly, I was too lazy to do a FBA.  But looking at it, it’s a little big in the shoulders and I’m wondering if I should’ve cut the 12 with a FBA.  Weight changes create interesting fitting dynamics that I’m still getting use to.  Working out different body parts keeps my measurements constantly fluctuating.
I did lengthen the shirt an inch at the waist.  Surprisingly, the sleeve length was perfect.  One of the details that I can’t live without on a classic button down is a yoke.  In my opinion, it’s what makes a button down shirt “real”!   This shirt has a lot of topstitching and edge stitching.  For some odd reason, I enjoy doing that.
For my skirt, I used Vogue 8882,view B.  For a full skirt, I prefer a length that stops right at the knee. I feel that’s the most flattering look for me.  And I also went with a style that has sewn down pleats instead of gathers at the waist.  I don’t want all of that additional volume around the mid-section.  The wrong proportions can easily make a full skirt go from fashionable to frumpy on me.
I cut the 14 and it sewed perfectly without any adjustments.  I used this gorgeous Red and White Floral Cotton Print.
The hem is interfaced and has facings.
A faced hem is perfect for when the wrongs side will show, especially when you’re constantly twirling in your full skirt!




  • Rebecca
    February 22, 2016

    Your entire outfit is so lovely! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your twirling!

  • Amanda S.
    February 22, 2016

    Lovely outfit! Perfect for spring!

    • Erica B's DIY Style
      February 23, 2016

      I’m hoping this outfit is willing spring to come quicker! Thanks Amanda!

  • Mary D.
    February 22, 2016

    Love the outfit AND your lipstick color. Twirl girl…TWIRL!!!

  • Amy
    February 22, 2016

    What a fabulous new outfit! Love the classic shirt paired with such a fun skirt!

  • Fiona
    February 23, 2016

    This whole outfit looks so fresh, crisp and clean it’s got me wishing for Spring! You’ve definitely nailed the proportions and the style of the collar really suits you

  • Lori
    February 25, 2016

    This outfit just screams spring and I say bring it on. I love both of your garments. Wonderful job.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 29, 2016

    Beautiful outfit, Erica!

  • Zuka
    March 5, 2016

    Great outfit!! What kind of interfacing did you use on the skirt ?