Hot! The “Linen and Lace” Shirt

The Facts

Fabrics: White linen, eyelet remnant, embroidered fabric from a shirt that didn’t work.
Patterns: Favorite Things Classic Shirt
Year: modern
Notions: white flower buttons
Time to complete: a few hours
First worn: For this photo
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost:
$6.00 for buttons everything else has been here too long to count.

I should begin by saying that I turned 35 this week.  This means most of my childhood pictures took place in the 80s.  As if that wasn’t bad enough from a fashion standpoint the rest are from the late 70s or the early 90s.  I have some great shots of me in a florescent green 3XL Jr Beta club tee, some lovely ones of me in the aqua clown sweat shirt I painted in Girl Scouts, and don’t even get me started on the fax patchwork print romper from the 70s.  Add to that the simple fact that my Mom has had a digital camera for about 5 years so she didn’t take a huge number of pictures to begin with since film and developing were both expensive.  I settled on making a shirt inspired by the white lace dress I wore to 8th grad graduation in 1991.  Truth be told if I still had this dress and could wiggle into it (I probably could thanks to the full skirt but I’m not sure how the girls would fit) I’d still wear it.  I loved this dress.  It was white linen with cut work lace around the bottom of both parts.

I decided to focus on the combination of linen and lace instead of trying to recreate the dress.  I made a blouse using a blouse pattern that had turned out well before.  I like this one because it has princess seams and gathers under the bust.  It was easy to sew it just took a bit of time.  I think I’ve had a bit of a realization over the past few weeks.  That being that some projects just take time because of all the detail work.  They are not hard per say just need to be done with care.  Plackets, collars, top-stitching, and buttonholes all fall into this category.



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Stephanie, the sleeve are beautiful.

  2. Nice, the fabris is divine :)

  3. I agree about slow sewing. I weary of all of the push to make a quilt in a day and dress in an hour because I like to think of sewing as a skill and an art and also I like to be a little counter cultural and not have everything skid down the fast food lane of life. That said, I think the outfit is lovely.

  4. Very pretty fabric and sleeve detail! Nice translation into an “adult” outfit :)

  5. Gorgeous! I totally get what you’re saying about having to slow the sewing down sometimes and take a bit more care, I’ve come to the same conclusion myself after some near disasters.

  6. I totally get what you say about the need to slow down sometimes and enjoy the process. There’s something massively satisfying about sewing a neat placket and buttonholes or a crisp collar. I can sit and look at a neat pointed tip of a collar I’ve made for hours (possibly in amazement that I made it). You should feel very proud of this blouse, love the eyelet remnant you used.

  7. Your fabric is lovely – it definitely echoes your inspiration picture :)