McCalls 7838: DIY Blue Striped Button up Shirt with Statement Sleeves and Deep Cuffs

McCalls 7838 button up shirt with full sleeve and deep cuff

Hi Everyone,

Like most other things coming out of my sewing room at the minute, lets add this to the category of “things I have sewn which probably won’t get worn until after lockdown gets over”. I will have a fierce wardrobe, post lockdown! 🙂

McCalls 7838 button up shirt with full sleeve and deep cuff

This is McCalls 7838 made in a soft striped cotton from Fabworks. I think it might be this one. I love the finished result, although it did take a few alterations to the pattern to make it work for me – most noticeably, the tops of those glorious sleeves come up small, so watch out for that.

McCalls 7838 button up shirt with full sleeve and deep cuff
McCalls 7838 button up shirt with full sleeve and deep cuff

Other than the sleeve issue and other standard fitting alterations, this is a fabulous shirt which will get you noticed. Don’t make this shirt if you have an aversion to buttonholes though: mine has 16 of them!

McCalls 7838 button up shirt with full sleeve and deep cuff

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Loose-fitting button front tops with back yoke and length and sleeve variations. B: Wrong side of fabric shows on shaped hemline. C: Button cuffs.

I made view C.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22. I cut a size 18 through the bust, arms and shoulders and graded out at the waist.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the finished shirt with the statement cuffs and sleeves. Zara is full of statement shirts at the moment so this is perfectly on trend. I was disappointed initially in the fit of the top part of the sleeve. Fortunately I had enough fabric to re-cut them (see below for details).

Fabric Used:

A striped cotton shirting.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • 5/8ths inch full bust adjustment
  • I cut the smallest size cuff
  • I initially did a 1 inch full arm adjustment to the upper part of the sleeve only (the cap part) but it was too tight. I knew I wouldn’t reach for this shirt if it wasn’t comfortable. Fortunately I had enough fabric to re-cut that part. Second time around I did a 2 inch full arm adjustment, following this tutorial from Cashmerette which also instructs you how to add height to the sleeve cap. Worked a treat and the altered sleeve went back into the armhole with no issues.
  • Added 1 inch extra width through the lower sleeve
  • Used 0.25 inch seam allowance from hem up past the high hip
  • Burrito method inside yoke finish

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don’t know if I need another shirt like this in my wardrobe, but with 3 other completely different sleeve options in this envelope never say never. Also, making this again in a different fabric (e.g. something with more drape) would give a completely different look. I definitely recommend.


If you like to wear button up shirts and fancy something…fancy…then give this a whirl.

Stay safe, practice social distancing and hand washing and see you soon!

McCalls 7838 button up shirt with full sleeve and deep cuff

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

11 thoughts on “McCalls 7838: DIY Blue Striped Button up Shirt with Statement Sleeves and Deep Cuffs

  1. Hello, sometime ago you model a pair of wide leg pant In “Beige” I am looking to buy some beige fabric, can’t find that color no where, I am in the united states, city of Nashville, Tn. I am looking to buy 8 to 10 yards. Thanks

    God Bless!

    1. Sorry I can’t help. I am based in the UK. If you mean the ivory wide leg pants I bought the fabric from Fabworks (link in post). They ship internationally.

  2. That blouse is beautiful and looks lovely on you! I am struggling with a button down blouse now, so your post is encouraging. I have one question, however; I notice that you attach your cuffs with the buttons on the inside of your wrist. I have always done the opposite with the buttons on the outside of the wrist. Is this simply your preference or have I been doing it backwards?

    1. Hi Susan, thanks. No, the pattern has you attach the buttons to the inside of the wrist. Normally they do go on the outside. I don’t mind them being on the inside for this pattern. Hope that helps.

  3. This is a pattern I love so it’s great to see you wearing it and to read your comments. I feel like the cuffs are backwards, though, and that’s what made me avoid it. Do they feel weird to wear? On the top instead of the back of the cuff, that is.

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