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Gingham Shirt

I am so excited about posting this blog because I have been planning and thinking about my gingham month for weeks now and it’s finally here. I’m overlapping my shirt sewing with the gingham sewing too, to make things extra special in this blog!

I thought long and hard about using cotton Gingham as a fashion fabric.

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Gingham-Shirt-Front

We are used to seeing it in children’s wear and in vintage clothing, Julie Andrews in the wizard of Oz, but is it really a sophisticated fashion forward look? Then I noticed that quite a few of the big name designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Mcqueen, and Chloe had created beautiful dresses from the little chequered fabric.

If it’s good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me!

 

Gingham Fabric image
Gingham Fabric
Shirt Pattern image
Shirt Pattern

I have used a commercial paper pattern for this sewing make. It is New Look number 6232 which I have modified a bit to give a looser feel to the shirt. It is a very useful pattern which I can recommend as I have had it a few years now and it has been tried and tested in a few different sizes by me for myself and other family members. I made it in a size US 8/ UK 12.

Gingham-Shirt-Back image
Gingham-Shirt-Back

I have left out the darts in the back to create a bit more fullness so it is less tight across the back of the body. This is a casual look for me, not a smart office or interview type of shirt. I changed the way that the yoke is constructed too, by cutting out and using only one yoke piece instead of two and sewing it together in more of a dressmaker fashion rather than tailoring the shirt for a man, more of a relaxed blouse. I tend to stay away from pocket placement on the front of my tops as they tend to sag, even when not used, and this is definitely not a flattering look for anyone!

Gingham-Shirt-Front image
Gingham-Shirt-Front

As I am sure you can see from the photos, I have changed the cuffs as in the Easter shirt, by cutting the sleeve about six inches shorter and adding a simple cuff band instead of the conventional cuff with buttons. I think this is much more flattering. I have previously made this same shirt with a little cap sleeve too and that would have worked well in this fabric.

I chose the bright pink buttons for the front of the shirt to set off the pink in the check more. One little tip I have when you are positioning the buttons on the front of a shirt or blouse you are making, is to put it on when you mark the position of the buttons and buttonholes so that you get them in the correct place for you rather than the recommendation on the pattern diagram. I rarely wear my shirts buttoned up to the top, so think about how you will wear the shirt, and then decide how open you want the neck to be as well. If you place the fastening too high, you might feel choked, or too low, you could feel too exposed, you won’t wear the shirt because you won’t feel comfortable in it.

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Gingham-Shirt-Happy-Sewing

Spring cleaning

Over the last three months, life has been very exciting here at sewing avenue, not to mention busy. So one thing I have been longing to get around to is the Spring cleaning!

I feel so happy at this time of year with the arrival of spring.

Don’t you?  It seems to bring with it a lighter, brighter mood as well as longer, sunnier days. If I could rearrange the calendar, I would choose to have new years day about now at this time of year. I would certainly have more success with my New Years resolutions if I could start them going forwards into the spring.

That said, I am immensely proud of the achievements so far this year.

Along with all the sewing projects, there have been five brand new pattern releases, one of which I was incredibly pleased to be able to give away for free. It is so nice to be able to give something back to everyone who is continuing to support me. I am looking forward to working on and being able to release more pdf patterns over the coming months. It has been a very  special privilege to be accepted into the independent pattern community. A big thank you to Fiona at Diary of a chain stitcher and the mood sewing network.

I have also been fortunate enough to be interviewed by two different designers’ forums and will hopefully be able to share those with you soon.

So all in all, not much time has been given to sorting out the fabric stash, cleaning the sewing machine or even hovering under the sewing table. It is now time to put everything away in it’s proper place, wash down the surfaces and generally have a tidy up.

Do you like to have a big spring clean of your sewing space and equipment?

Lillia T-shirt Pattern blue image
Lillia T-shirt Pattern

 

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Happy Sewing