The Bristol Button Up – Pattern Test

The Bristol Button Up Pattern launched today and is available at a promotional price of 15% off! The sale price is only for launch day, Thursday, Oct. 22.

I had a great time testing this brand new pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. It is a perfect fall piece to add to your wardrobe, you will not want to miss out.  I haven’t seen a top like this that combines the 2015 trend of plaids and flannel with a hood!

“So where are your plaids and flannels?”

I’m so glad you asked! I have been wanting to get a good fitting chambray shirt for a while now. I had already ordered and returned two for the same reason I never wear button ups. They just don’t make them to fit me right! One of the shirts I ordered was even a tall size and still too short. So I ordered 2 yards of Robert Kaufman Chambray fabric and sat on it while I scoped around for a good pattern to purchase.

Then I saw the testing call for this Bristol top and I just knew it was the one. The hood is the perfect touch to make the chambray shirt casual enough for everyday mom wear, and the floral knit fabric from Girl Charlee provides delicate femininity. Chambray is on the list of suggested fabrics for the pattern and it truly is a great option for the shirt. The contrast fabric on the cuffs and inside yoke is Andover Pumpkin Chambray. I chose a dark denim top stitch because I like that, but that also added to the pressure of not making any mistakes. Overall I was happy with how nice the topstitching looks. Yay!

There are so many nice details on this top. No corners were cut! The cuffs and plackets, back yoke and back pleat all add to the professional appearance of it and the hood is one of a kind.

All the details add a lot of steps to the pattern so it isn’t a super quick sew, but it is not hard by any means and the time invested makes it that much more satisfying. Plus the more you make the faster you get. That’s what’s really great about buying patterns, you get to make more than one and add variations each time, like the tunic length to pair with leggings. I’m making a plaid flannel next and I don’t have to go through the process of printing and tracing off the pattern second time around. Yippee!

The fit is great. It has the perfect amount of ease. My measurements are a small and that size fits great.  I simply added the additional length that I have to add to all patterns because I am 7″ taller than the average american woman. The pattern itself comes with a top length and a tunic length. I made the top this time, though I will also make a tunic which will be great for pairing with leggings and boots this winter.

The pattern also has optional pockets. We opted to shift the initial placement of them as a part of the testing so I removed mine and will likely reinstall them later. It looks just fine without them. I can’t wait to finish my flannel version.  It is going to be so cozy!

Photo cred to my super patient husband. 🙂

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