Hot! The “Skipping Rope” Shirt


The Facts

The “Skipping Rope” Shirt- for an active, vintage loving mommy’s wardrobe.  I can’t spend all my time in fluffy dresses.

Fabric: Pink and red micro-houndstooth from the Sophia quilting fabric range.
Pattern: McCall’s 3057
Year:Mid- 1950’s
Notions: Pink buttons, red thread, interfacing
Time to complete: Around 7 hours, because I had to “fancy it up” on the inside.
First worn: January 14, 2011

Wear again? Definitely, this is casual-wear gold.  I sewed this strong and tough to withstand wear and washing.

Total price: Around $30.

My usual mantra is if I’m going to do something, I might as well over-do it.  I started this shirt a few months ago, got caught up in crafting tiny details and then became distracted by other projects.  But now she’s finished!  I had to finish the buttonhole placket and insert the second sleeve.

She has tulip sleeves with bias-bound edges– the binding gives the edge a little more heft and structure, which I like.  I use my binding foot, which makes attaching bias binding relatively quick and painless.  I shaped the bottom edge for an exaggerated shirt-tail hem.

I double-yoked the upper back, which is a sturdy and clean finish for a workhorse shirt.  I decided to use a contrast back neck facing to help hide the raw edge.  (It wants to pucker a little bit still, but it will settle in with time.  The fabric is rather densely woven.)  Then I thought- why simply overlock/serge the edges?  Why not use some black lace to pretty it up?

The lace extends down the facing.  It’s completely unnecessary but that’s why I like it.   This mommy shirt has built-in secret black lace, a little hidden sass to put a spring in my step.



For a shirt, I think the fit is fine.  I didn’t carefully fit the back darts to fit over my backside, but that wasn’t my priority.  I think this fits at least as well as a ready-to-wear shirt, and perhaps better because it doesn’t gap over my bust.

All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out, and pleased that once again Sew Weekly has encouraged me to FINISH some good work.



Stephanie mothers, writes, and teaches sewing in Brisbane, Australia. She blogs about sewing, drafting, vintage style and sustainability at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World.


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  1. Sassy black lace, indeed! Love this shirt, well done!

  2. This looks lovely! Thanks for sharing your inner construction – it looks so pretty on the inside and outside!

  3. I love over-working and over-achieving, too! :) I had to fancy up the inside of my blouse this week as well. I seem to be allergic to unfinished seams.

    • I just can’t help myself! I start to work on something simple, then I think “I can do -this- and tweak -that- and next thing I know I have a very over-made shirt. Which is cool. ;)

    • I can’t do unfinished seams… Long habit of not, I suppose.

      My grandfather used to say “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” But I just go for “If it’s worth doing, then over-do it!” ;)

  4. YAY! I *love* those tulip sleeves! They’re just amazing!

  5. I love the sleeves, how they wrap over, also the hidden lace is a fab idea. I am all for hidden sass!

  6. Love it!!! The sassy finish inside is adorable. I may just have to look into the whole other ways to finish a seam then by serging method/s…

  7. It’s awesome, and one of a kind. I love your attention to detail. It really looks cute on you.

  8. Gorgeous inside and out and such fun photos.

  9. I very much like the pattern and the quality of the detailing that you have done. Beautiful work

  10. I’m so impressed by your attention to detail – the double yoke! The binding! And that black lace!!!

  11. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! And the pictures are really great!!!

  12. Oh my gosh– those finishing details are truly inspiring! I like it paired with the aqua flats. How cool to have such a well-made shirt you know you’ll wear all the time.

  13. Ooooh, love it! Now I’m really regretting that pink and red I passed up on at the sale table last month!

    This style is so good on you!