Hot! “Apple of My Eye” Shirt

The Facts

Fabric: Light-weight Cotton Fabric ~ $12, Silk dupioni for collar free
Pattern: Vogue 5090
Year: 1960’s
Notions: Interfacing $5, Buttons $6
Time to Complete: 4-5 hours
First Worn: Today to work for picture day!
Wear again? Yes, in the spring with capri pants :)
Total Price: ~ $23

I am a bit of a button collector (hoarder) but rarely use them as a closure while sewing.  I have had this pattern for a while and knew it would be perfect for this weeks challenge.  I figured the buttons are in the back so if they came out horrible I could always wear a cardigan and no one would see them.  I went to my trusty fabric stash looking for something bright and fun to add to my wardrobe.  This fabric popped out at me and my weekly sewing adventure began.  The fabric is light-weight so I decided to back it with interfacing to add body, opaqueness and help keep it from wrinkling (FYI you should try this!)  I made a few alterations as I went along (taking it in along the side seam) and construction was very easy.

When I went looking for buttons (in my organized by color and size stash), I found I was lacking in the navy button department.  After a quick trip to the store, I found the perfect dark navy almost black buttons.  Now came the scary part… buttonholes!  I had prepared myself for this day with two rather handy notions: an expanding sewing gauge and buttonhole scissors.  The pattern called for 4 buttons but I added 6 using my expandable gauge, which spaced them perfectly, without using math!  I used matching embroidery thread to make my buttonholes and my fancy scissors to cut them open.  The screw on the side adjust to the exact size, cutting them all the exact same size wthout the risk of slicing through your buttonhole (which I have done in the past). 

Overall, I am very happy with my shirt; the color and style are a wonderful addition to my spring wardrobe.  I was able to use my awesome button notions to perfectly space and construct my buttonholes (although I needed help buttoning them all once I got to work, no roommate or husband).  When I make this shirt again, I will definitely make it longer and might even put the buttons in the front!




Jessica's passion for learning and vision to "make it better" has lead her down a road of sewing for over 15 years. As a new blogger, she hopes to share her creations and inspire others with her love of all things vintage.


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  1. I’ve been looking and looking for one of those expanding sewing gauges. Where did you get it?

  2. I love your fabric choice. It’s so bright and cheerful. That gauge is pretty cool too.

  3. OH! I adore your tool!! Please please please tell me where you got an expanding gauge. The shirt is fabulous – I love the black collar!

  4. The shirt is well done! I love the color and the adorable little collar. And I SO need that tool!

  5. Hi Jess,
    I would love to buy both tools, the expanding gauge and I have never seen scissors like that. Please share were you can buy them. I’m going to start searching online.

  6. Thanks! I found mine in a clearance bin at a small sewing shop, but you can get yours at for about $16. It has several uses (pleats, tucks, smocking etc) and is an exceptional notion to add to your collection :)

  7. Love the appley fabric and the expandable gauge is genius!

  8. Thanks for the information about the sewing gauge, Jess! Your shirt looks so fun, and I love the contrast of the bright green with the black collar.

  9. sweet shirt – the little black collar is a cute contrast. (and the expandable gauge is amazing. I’ve never seen one before)