The “Little Houses” Shirt | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 1.5 yards of white linen from my stash (similar at Fabric.com for $13 a yard)
Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 8399
Year: c. 1969
Notions: buttons from stash
Time to complete: about 2 hours for the top and 3 hours for the embroidery
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Hmmm…
Total Cost: ~$20
Let me first say that I am super good at bungling directions. While all the lovely Sew Weeklies are doing outfits that revolve around dying or painting their fabrics, I took a left and did embroidery because I misunderstood the very clear theme of dying and painting to be embellishment in general. Fail! I will have to try dying when we have an embroidery theme sometime and then the universe will be evened out!
Now on to the shirt! I decided to make this late 1960s sleevless top out of linen – you know, because of the super hotness – and add some Sublime Stitching embroidery to the bottom edge. This pattern was done by the Black Apple, one of my favorite illustrators.
And then there's the embroidery! I love to embroidery – it's relaxing, easy and so satisfying to create textured work by changing stitches and adding colors/layers. It took me about 3 episodes of Breaking Bad (how I count time!) to complete these tiny houses – I love them!
I finished this top just in time to jet out of town for a ranch vacation with the hubbo and my best friends.
In the top photo you can see the San Marco river in the background, as the ranch we stay in sits on the river. Did we do ranching while there? If you count shopping at the outlet mall, eating tons of candy and drinking wine, then yes. We ranched a lot.