Butterick 5891 using men’s shirts

For round #2 of Pattern Review’s Surprise Sewing Bee we were to make an adult garment using up to 5 men’s button down shirts. I chose to make Katherine Tilton’s Butterick 5891, the vest option, but with sleeves.

PR mens shirts before

These are the shirts I used. The rayon/linen blend on the right made up the majority of the garment, with pieces of the other two used as facings and embellishment. We were allowed a small amount of other fabric for embellishment also, so I used a hand dyed wool gauze to make reverse applique circles, and red silk dupioni for bias trims and a small pleated portion on the hip area.

PR mens shirt (7 of 12)


It was a blast using the mens shirts! I didn’t win this round, but the competition was fierce and I was quite pleased to be chosen to move ahead with 24 others.

You can see my contest entry here.

PR mens shirt composite

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  1. Vancouver Barbara

    What a great jacket. I really love what you create. The other contestants would have to go some to beat out this entry.

  2. Wow, that is pretty darned spectacular!!!!

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  3. It’s pretty spectacular. I am surprised you didn’t win.

  4. Wow – another hit out of the ballpark! I love, love this – everything about it. Such a good use of the materials at hand. You’ve got a great eye for placement of pattern and color. Really, really nice!

  5. This is beautiful. Best use of shirts ever. Can’t believe you didn’t win.

  6. Wow! This is wonderful!!! You should be in the top of the pack. Hope you bring this to show us!

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    Please contact me through my email. Thx!

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  9. I adore what you’ve done! Excellent!

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  11. Antoinette Taylor

    Just stunning! Love the design and colors! Kudos!!!

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