Help…What buttons should I use for The Eleanor Shirt?

Eleanor Shirt Sewing Pattern Close up

The Eleanor Shirt has arrived, a great addition to your wardrobe. The new shirt pattern is available in sizes UK 8- 30 and suitable for Beginner Plus Sewists. Purchase the PDF or paper pattern here.

Suitable Fabrics

Eleanor is perfect for summer fabrics like Linen, Viscose, Double Gauze, and Cotton. We’ve added some gorgeous new Cotton Lawns to our Fabric Collection that would compliment the Eleanor Shirt just lovely and could just be your outfit of choice for a long overdue catch up with friends. Browse all fabrics here.

Will you make a statement with a pattern or keep it casual with a classic linen? Eleanor is a versatile shirt that’s calling out to be in your wardrobe.

Need some inspiration? Here are our top fabric and button picks.

Fabric & Button Pairings ideal for The Eleanor Shirt

Cotton Lawn Fabric Top Pick

This beautiful lightweight Midnight Meadow Cotton Lawn is beautifully soft. The weather might still be hit and miss, but if there’s anything guaranteed to put a spring in our step, it’s a pretty floral pattern. With warmer weather (hopefully) around the corner, this fabric heads straight to the top of our favourites list. It’ll look stunning with the Red Shell Buttons.

Browse our full range of Cotton Lawn Fabrics here.

Laundered Linen Fabric Top Pick

You can’t go wrong with Linen, one of our all-time favourites. A beautiful linen shirt is a key piece for the season ahead, the simple styling makes it effortless to wear. The Laundered Linen Salt White fabric is a truly timeless piece spun from entirely natural fibres. Paired with the Natural Shell Buttons to complete the elegant look.

Browse our full range of Linen Fabrics here.

Cotton/Linen Mix Fabric Top Pick

Using stripes to make a feature of the back yoke is a wonderful idea, and you know what they say…stripes never go out of style. Grey Variegated Stripe Linen Cotton Mix, what’s not to love? Stripes are always popular, made up in an Eleanor Shirt with White Marbled Buttons, styled with your most comfortable jeans and a pair of trainers for an absolute classic, casual and cool look.

Browse our full range of Cotton & Cotton Mix Fabrics here.

Viscose Fabric Top Pick

Petals on Poppy Red is just a lovely print. We can’t get enough of it! This beautiful lightweight viscose fabric works so well for the 1950’s swing look of the Eleanor Shirt. It was a tough choice, but we have a soft spot for the ‘poppy red’, and the Deep Red Wavy Buttons are a match made in heaven. If red isn’t your colour, maybe Petals on Mustard, Teal, Navy or Royal Blue will be the one for you?

Browse our full range of Viscose Fabrics here.

Double Gauze Fabric Top Pick

Slip into something soft, breathable and extra comfortable, Double Gauze certainly ticks all three boxes. Plus, it’s such a gorgeous fabric to work with. The Slate Blue Double Gauze with the Dark Blue Shell Buttons is ideal for a summer shirt. For easy breezy and flexible, this is a must to add to your wardrobe collection. We love the thought of accessorising with a bright chunky necklace.

Browse our full range of Double Gauze Fabrics here.

Cotton Chambray Fabric Top Pick

This versatile, soft Combed Cotton Chambray Forget-Me-Not Blue Fabric will give your laid-back shirt an eye-catching luster and relaxed silhouette. Chambray is truly an all-season essential. Pair with dark wash denim or chinos for a timeless look. Finish off your Eleanor Shirt with the Powder Blue Buttons.

How about a Linen Chambray instead? Browse our Linen Mix Chambray Grey here.

Learn To Sew Online

Ready to get started and make your Eleanor Shirt? Our In-Depth Course includes the PDF Pattern and guides you through step-by-step how to put your garment together from start to finish.

The ‘Eleanor Shirt In-Depth Course’ is available in The Sewing Studio to all Silk Members. Access the course here.

Not yet a member? Join us in The Sewing Studio today, learn more here.


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