Button down shirt DIY

I saw this shirt from Farfetch.com on the internet.

So I decided to recreate it. With the following pattern:



With the following alterations. Created a self drafted hidden button placket. Removed the pockets. Created a back pleat. I self drafted the sleeves ties with a coordinated fabric.

I picked up both fabrics from a New York trip to MOOD fabrics.

Wild: inside and out

As a designer I was taught by my sewing mentor that when you find a pattern that fits you well it can be altered to any other garment.

I adopted her philosophy with her favorite pattern. What a fail! That was the pattern that worked for her. When I came across This Mcalls Pattern I now know what she meant.  

I absolutely found my pattern. With some minor alterations at the hip line , some grading down at the top and trueing I’ve found my GOTO pattern. 

To date I have made a weeks worth and I haven’t stopped…. Check out the latest 

The fabric was the wrong side of this black scuba knit  found here and  this animal print , pointe knit of similar weight found here all from Hancocks. I’m telling you this fabric is of high quality and feels AMAZING with a lush soft hand. 

Oh my, how great this fabric sews. I’m a fan and it’s perfect for autumn winter garments. 

Take a look

I just the wrong side of this fabric for a more matte look. 

This is the wrong side that’s perfectly matte for work. 

I love drafting : marking pens, pins, rulers….


Here is the animal print 

Basically make the sleeve, cut if off, then reattach with a top stitch. If you don’t hand a steady hand there are pressor feet for that. 

I’m obsessed with matching lines of hems and such…

I altered this pattern by adding long sleeves and an elastic cuff. Beside it’s cold at work. 

Neck band are better with practice. Tip if you think it’s too long before you attach , it probably is. 

The hem is perfect as well with a banded cuff and yes a top stitch. Lol. 

I plan to make so many more. I think this is the best yet. 
What do you think?  Please comment and share. Thank you for reading. 


This is becoming a trend: Ankara by request/ my pleasure

In progress in the House of DonNaturaL 


 Coral reef: I meant coral Caftan

I was inspired by my sewing mentor To make this fabulous vintage caftan with this pattern. 

My sewing mentor posted On Beaute Jadore blog here

The fabric is African Lace gifted to me by a colleague. Yay me!

I shorted the pattern 17 inches 

I used the selvage for the decorative scalloped edges it had.

I cut the middle pattern price in half , attached with a 15 inch v neck and faced with …you guessed it the scalloped salvaged edge. 

The selvage also became the belt (above)







Now I need an event to wear this to.  

This dress right here: blue everything. 

I am still perfecting the wrap dress. This one is a game changer. 

Cobalt blue fabric from Mood Found here

And the African Wax fabric I had in my stash. Nice to know a seamstress that throws away their scraps. Lol 


I used the same Butterick Pattern from my last post for the bodice. 

I self drafted the bottom. 

Here’s a tip: just clip where darts should be , then try on the garment before sewing. This made such a huge difference with the fit. 

I am sew Happy. 


Wrap dress: tribal if it wants to be

I made this wrap dress although I’m still perfecting the fit. I decreased the shoulder by one inch. I still think it needs another 1 inch reduction. But this was much better. 


The fabric I got from JoAnns.  It reminded me of a tribal print but it really wasn’t. Lol.  I think it was a little bright so I dared to wear the wrong side. Also, I mixed it up a little by using the bright side for the arms and the belt. It was barely noticeable. And I love it. 

Have you experimented with fabric wearing the right or wrong side? Or, have you done any other fabric manipulation…please share. 

I used the bodice of this butterick 5030  pattern. 

I self drafted the wrapped bottom. I like how the drape turned out. 

I was going to leave out the belt and use one of my own. However I needed the belt to close the dress. Lol

So now I have options!!!!!!!
Oh guess what I used a Grommet Kit to make the hole for the belt and it worked out  great. 


She loved it!!!