DIY Red Polka Dot Button-Down

As some of you may know, I just cannot contain my love of polka dots and button-downs. This week, I’m feeding my obsession with a bright red number perfect for the holidays. (You can check out my oversized, blue polka dot button-down here.)

DIY Polka Dot Button-Down Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

This post will be a bit shorter than normal, as I’m packing up our apartment in Australia to head back to the US this week! I’m excited to be home with my family and friends for the holidays, but I will definitely miss Australia. Not only is it a beautiful country, but everyone was absolutely lovely. I really can’t say enough good things about my time here.

However, I must say it will be really nice to get back to my fully-equipped sewing room!

So, on to my newest polka dot shirt. I picked up Simplicity 1538 a while ago, and I thought it would be perfect for a casual button-down. I made view B, without the contrasting details. The pattern went together like a dream, and the fit was pretty close to perfect. I only needed a tiny bit more room in the hips, so I graded the pattern out slightly. This alteration was so minor, I didn’t even need to grade it out to the next size.

DIY Polka Dot Button-Down Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

The fabric I used is a cotton from JoAnns. I knew I wanted a red fabric with white polka dots, and this one has a nice weight to it. It really worked well with the structured collar. I decided to use 3/8” white buttons to mimic the white polka dots. The pattern calls for 1/2” buttons, but the buttons I liked just happened to be slightly smaller.

It’s hard to find a commercially-made button-down that fits properly. So, I’m glad to have this tried and true pattern in my arsenal. I’ll definitely be making a few more versions, and I’m excited to whip one up with view B’s contrasting cuffs, collar and button placket.

For the last time in Australia,

Happy Sewing!


DIY Polka Dot Button-Down Shirt by Sartorial SeamstressDIY Polka Dot Button-Down Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

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