The “Back to Cool” top | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 2 yards of gingham plaid from my stash (~$4 a yard; similar on fabric.com)
Pattern: Simplicity 2245
Year: c. 2010
Notions: vintage bias tape from stash
Time to complete: about 3 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$8
It's hot in Houston y'all. "Yes Sarah – we know this," you may be thinking. "You talk about this all the time." But seriously – SERIOUSLY Sew Weeklies! – it's seriously hot. For serious. It has been over 100 degrees every single day this month. I'm over it in a big way!
What this has to do with this week's challenge: all my local fabric shops, which I assume have national buyers, are only stocking A) very heavy plaids, B) suiting plaids made of wool (no thanks!) and C) novelty plaids. No thank you, all three of those options – I'm going rogue! Because gingham has squares and crosses at certain points, I'm declaring it a plaid.
Oddly enough, my old school uniform (from kindergarden) included a gingham shirt and dark blue shorts! So this is my grown up take on almost exactly what I would have worn to school in the late 1980s.
I decided to try a brand new pattern from my stash, a Lisette multiple-view pattern with a cool shirt option. Emphasis was on temperature cool and looking cool – I like the way it turned out! Super easy to make, though I did amend the pattern to include bias tape on the neckline and omitted the banded sleeves.
Truth be told, I would wear this everyday just like a uniform if I could. But it would probably make me miss recess (and nap time!) too much…