Butterick 5284 Work Shirt

If you head to Bali and are able to do a tour to any of the local fabric stores, I highly recommend purchasing some of the 100% cotton shirt fabric. I purchased all three material colours from Bali and each of them have some really nice details.

Pattern Information

Pattern: Butterick 5284
Material: Fitted blouse with long sleeves, cuff, collar and pleated top feature. The pattern also allows a plain, ruffled or flounce collar feature.
Pattern Description: 100% cotton

What did you like about this pattern?

I loved that there were so many different variations to this work shirt so you could choose which style you liked the most. There were also a number of pattern pieces so you can also mix and match, or colour block certain areas. I was able to make two shirts the one colour and for the third shirt I changed the placket, cuff and under collar to white.

I made these shirts during winter and wore them almost every day that I went to the office. I received so many comments on how nice they looked, surprising people when I told them they were handmade.

The part I liked the most was the pleated top section, which sewed together so nicely and looks professionally finished once done. I also purchased my buttons in bulk from eBay, which meant that it kept the overall costs down for each shirt.

Material Zoomed In

It’s hard to see from the photos but each of these shirts have polka dot or rectangle patterns, which is commonly used in store bought corporate work shirts.

Did you make any pattern alterations?

I didn’t make any pattern alterations. I also made 2 more of these shirts in linen and another cotton blend. I also have one more shirt on my sewing table to finish, however I’m giving it short sleeves so I can start wearing these in summer.

Would you recommend this pattern to others?

Overall I loved this pattern. It was such a well-made design with simple instructions to follow. When you’re able to make a number of these shirts in one day it also proves how valuable sewing is when you can keep the costs down at around $20 per shirt. I highly recommend pulling this pattern out of your stash or finding it online to purchase.

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