16) Finch button up

tags: shirt , pattern , review , finishedobject


The winter is getting cold, and I wanted a nice thick, cosy shirt. For this I chose the Finch button up from Common Stitch and some chocolate cord.

I am a big fan of the fit; the size S is perfect. I lengthened the sleeves by 1cm and lengthened the cuff plackets so that I can roll up the sleeves with the thick material.

I have to moan a bit though because the pattern only includes a 1cm seam allowance. As I like to use flat-felled or french seams to make everything neat and fancy, this doesn’t do the job. It was some effort to add 0.5cm onto the seam allowances but now I have the modified pieces, everything will go quickly next time.

I don’t think it is much harder to sew an enclosed seam compared to overlocking/zig-zagging and really gives a high quality feel to the finished shirt. Its slightly disappointing that a bigger seam allowance isn’t given as standard. Sad to say but I don’t get that premium feel from this pattern that I have done with other indie pattern makers. The details like not having marks on the pattern to shorten/extend the pieces are lacking and some of the instruction diagrams being slightly unclear.