The Bud: The Great Shacket Sew-off

The Bud: The Great Shacket Sew-off

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Welcome to the round two of The Great Shacket Sew-Off!! If you are new to The Great Shacket Sew-Off, then make sure to check out my last few blog posts for an overview and round one!

For the second round, I will be sewing up the Bud Shacket from Seamwork. While this pattern only has one view option, it includes so many great details! On the listing page it is described as a classic layering piece and a “skill-building superstar.” It has button and cuff plackets, a two piece collar, double layer back yoke, pleated and patch pockets, as well as a locker loop.

Before getting into the details of the pattern, I thought I would share a little bit about Seamwork. If you are not familiar with Seamwork, it's a company focused on slowing down and focusing on creating a wardrobe with intention. They provide a ton of information content, as well as release two patterns every month. Patterns can be purchased individually or you can become a member, which is paid as a monthly subscription. When you become a member you receive pattern credits every month (credits depend on the type of member you become), member only pattern bonus add ons, monthly sew along video classes, and a private sewing social network. The private social community is one of the most unique parts of Seamwork. You can share your projects, get help, find inspiration, and so much more! It is the only company I have come across that functions in this manner. I am not a huge fan of monthly subscriptions, but I will say Seamwork does it right! They also allow you to freeze your membership at anytime, while still allowing you access to using your pattern credits and accessing your pattern library: you just will not be able to access the member only benefits or receive pattern credits!


  • $16 if purchased without membership
  • Purchase a monthly membership for $16/ month and receive two pattern credits per month
  • Purchase the unlimited membership for $180 annually ($15/month) and download united patterns per month

Sizes included: Sizes 00-26 and drafted for 5’8” height

*They offer 00-16 misses sizing (drafted for C cup), as well as 12-26 curvy sizing (Drafted for DD)

Pattern format: Digital PDF

What is included: Full tutorial, layered pattern pieces, copy shop files, print at home files, and a projector file.

Style and Size Sewn

Size 10 with 1/2” added to bodice length and sleeve length. 

My Measurements:

Bust: 37”

Waist: 32”

Hip: 40.5”

Height : 5’9”

Pattern Size Chart


I used a thicker flannel purchased at Hobby Lobby. It was 55” wide and a more intricate plaid. The pattern called for 2 ⅜ yd if using 60” wide fabric. I am not sure how much I used exactly, but know I was over that due to all the plaid matching that had to be done (this was to be expected). 

The pattern calls for ⅝” buttons, but I wanted something a bit larger. I went with these ¾” wood buttons from Amazon.


The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The pattern includes a tone of markings and notches as well, making it much easier to follow the instructions. The instructions are very detailed and include many links to instructional videos and pertinent information to help you along if help is needed! The instructions include very detailed sketches for every step.


Was the finished garment what you expected?

Yes! My finished Bud shacket looked as I expected it to after looking through the photos and line drawings on the site.

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?

  • Pros
    • The pattern pieces include specific pieces for interfacing
    • Great detail in sketches in the instructions
    • The pattern information includes finished measurement charts with ease guides for getting the perfect fit.
    • The pattern is drafted for a height of 5’8. This is definitely very personal, being taller, but it is great to see some patterns differing from the typical height for better fitting garments without having to grade as much!
    • The instructions include a fabric cut guide to help lay out pattern pieces and use the correct amount of fabric.
    • The instructions include many video tutorials on different skills are included in the tutorial.
    • For the projector pattern, it includes a centimeter and inches calibration grid
    • Great notches and markings on the entire pattern for ease with construction
    • The patch and pleated pockets are a unique detail that differ from many other shacket patterns.
    • The added locker loop is a very understated detail, but gives the finished garment a very professional look.
    • The cuff plackets are very well drafted and have a very nice finish
  • Cons
    • On the projector file, the marking of the pattern pieces was not consistent. The larger pieces had the information on the actual pattern piece, while the smaller pieces had the information outside of the pattern piece. It makes it harder to know what you're cutting and how many to cut. I am not sure if this is the cas on other formats.
    • The collar and collar stand construction was a bit confusing. The inner and outer pieces didn't quite line up and the instructions were unclear about how to get them to lay correctly.
    • There are no other style options offered in the pattern.


Would you make this pattern again?

Yes! I definitely would make this pattern again! It is an excellent pattern over all! The drafting and instructions are superb. The pattern also includes many details that seem to be left out in many other patterns. The oversized fit was great and as expected using the sizing and finished measurements chart!  The only thing I would do differently is probably use a less complicated print. With all the extra details, it was extremely hard and time consuming to match all the plaids, but it was definitely worth the effort! This pattern is definitely time consuming and a more advanced sew with all of the details, but overall an amazing pattern!


Have you sewn the Bud Shacket before? If so, what are your thoughts on the pattern? Please share them below if you are comfortable! Also, if you have shared your finished garment on Instagram, please tag me! I’d love to see your beautiful creations!

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1 comment

Wow, this looks incredible!! Amazing job!!

I’m about to sew my first Bud and yours gave me a ton of inspiration and helped me with my sizing choice – wish me luck!!!!

Cindy McMahon

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