Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blue floral shirt.

I finished this shirt a couple of weeks ago, but I'm just getting around to posting about it. :)

It's very similar to my red retro blouse. Based on Simplicity 2447, but heavily altered. I kept the same alterations for this version, except for two things: a real collar instead of just a neckband, and no elastic at the bottoms of the sleeves. Because it turns out that slightly too-tight elastic right at your elbows is extremely obnoxious and uncomfortable. Who knew, right?

The bottom of the sleeve was too wide without elastic and looked strange. So I had to go in and add a small dart right at the elbow.

Also, this shirt is made from printed cotton. It's a lot more comfortable (and hopefully much more durable) than the cheapo fabric I used on the last one (polyester shirting).

The above photo shows me trying in vain to show the sleeves. Also, the fit might look a little weird because in that one, I'm pulling at the hem of my shirt...an unfortunate nervous habit of mine. :)

I'm hoping to make a few more of these in cotton, because I wear shirts like this really often. I'd like to make some in a slightly bigger print, because from a distance this one looks solid light blue. And I should try some more variations...like shorter sleeves with a cuff or maybe real buttons instead of pearl snaps.

Anyway, I've had this fabric since I finished my first one back in April, so it's nice to finally get it used up. Also, it means another project is marked off my fall sewing list!

Until next time,


  1. What a lovely shirt! Did you also add pearl button snaps? What a cool feature! Bravo!

  2. Very nice! I really need to get some more sewing experience under my belt - there are so many projects I want to do, but I lack the time and the skills!


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