Bringing the Bookworm Button Up home


I first posted this over at Melly Sews as my first Team Member post.

Melissa’s patterns are some of the very first patterns I had ever sewn up. Ever. They taught me how to install a zip fly, and do welt pockets, and oh so much more. I am honored to share the newest “first” for me with the Bookworm Button Up. *affiliate link*


Before this, I had never attempted to sew buttoned cuffs before! And do you want to know what? They weren’t that difficult to do! As always with Blank Slate Patterns (*AL), this one walks you through every step clearly and precisely so that in the end you have a very professional looking product.


I made a size 7 for my petite 9 year old, based on her measurement, and the fit is great. There is even a little room to grow (which I so love). This shirt has so very many options to choose from (that I was super excited to sew up), and it honestly surprised me when she chose the most basic version. No pockets, no fancy back, and no bows. She is “almost 10, you know“. Goodness they do have strong opinions, don’t they?  Even without all the fun stuff added, you can see that it still looks great!


Rachel from Imagine Gnats (affiliate link) generously supplied this incredible Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric which was perfect for this pattern. Seriously decadent. I think choosing the right fabric for the right pattern makes all the difference.


I did French seams throughout, which aren’t necessary, but do give it a lovely finish. I even did a little pattern matching! The instructions walk you through putting together the back yoke so that the inside is as pretty as the outside. The collar and cuffs are finished neatly.





This shirt is an excellent addition to any Fall school wardrobe. Along with the great embellishment options, there is also a boy version! I really enjoyed sewing this one up so much that I have started another.

4 thoughts on “Bringing the Bookworm Button Up home

  1. OMG I love it and you’re right cuffs are not that hard. The color and your buttons are a nice touch to this pattern. Your little one modeling is a natural!

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