The “Skipping Rope” Shirt
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
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.