The “Pink Bohemian Gather” Shirt

Fabric: Pink Cotton Lycra

Pattern: Vogue V8581, View A

Year: 2011

Notions: 3/4″ Elastic & Thread

Time to Complete: 3.5 Hours

First worn: For Photos

Wear again? Yes

Total Price: $10.50 – Fabric was $6, Notions were $4.50

True to the pattern rating, this was a very easy vogue pattern of 4 pieces. The most time consuming piece was the neckline gathering and I got a great tip off of uTube. I did my usually basting stitches and pulled the thread to gather to the length of the neck binding. I matched the front/back centers & shoulders, then pinned in place. The Tip: Tie the basting thread at both ends, lie the fabric flat on the table and use a chopstick to work the gathers back and forth until the gathers are evenly distributed. The neckline gather is really the feature of the shirt design, so achieving the even gather was my goal.

The "Pink Bohemian Gather" Shirt



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Cool cool cool! Looks like a nice useful wardrobe piece- my favorite. :)

    • Thanks Stephanie, the cotton gotten super soft and feels great against the skin. I really liked your take on the circle skirt, really had a different twist, looking forward to create more option s for myself.

  2. That colour seriously suits you Krista…….and thank you so much for passing on that tip, I am definitely going to try that one as I love the look of gathers but hate doing them.

    • Hi Tempest, I’m not one to shy away from color I just usually do it in prints. I’m trying to push myself to do solids so I can mix and match. I would get so frustrated with gathers but that chopstick does wonders and is a permanent tool in the sew box now.

  3. Great color! Those gathers look professional – great job! I’ll have to remember that tip. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Hey Jennifer, thank you, I hope it comes in useful. I know the dress I’m making it an upcoming challenge has a lot of gathers, so this time I’m not dreading it.

  4. Very nice job with the gathers! And thanks for the tip on how to get them even. I’m forever struggling with that!

  5. Ohh, that’s my kind of top! Very nicely constructed. Wonderful tip on gathering. Even after all these years of sewing, I struggle with that.

  6. Thank you Barbara, I’m glad I mentioned the tip because I always struggled with it even though I practiced. UTube has been very helpful.

  7. That colour is great for you. I love it too, it’s one of my favourites. It works great with that pattern.

  8. Thanks Marguerite, I’m trying to do more separates, I kind of lean towards dresses.

  9. You look beautiful and it’s a great shade of pink!
    Will have to try the chopstick technique, as I can’t get the hang of gathers to save my life!

  10. Now I have a reason to keep those chopsticks! The gods know I haven’t figured out how to use them to eat, might as well try this lil’ trick of yours :) The shirt is darling and I have to agree with everyone else, that color is very complimentary!

    • Hi Cheryl, thanks, i`m trying to branch out to solids, I have a tendancy to fall back on patterned fabrics. This pink seems to go with quite a few things.

  11. Great chopstick tip, Krista! Your gathers turned out beautifully. Folks are right about that color. It’s a winner on you.

  12. You look lovely in that pink! And those gathers WIN!! That trick is so useful and helpful, thanks for sharing it with us!!

    • Coool Nettie, I`m happy to share I have learned so much from utube and the SewWeekly girls. I loved you dress with pink tie!

  13. What a flattering top! I love this piece, and your gathering came out super-professional. I never would have thought chop-sticks were the secret to the perfect gather.

    • Hi Adri, I used the same technique on gathering a coton circle skirt and it was a big help because it was a lot of gathering. For the circle skirt I did sections of gathering so I wouldn`t put to much pressure on the thread.

  14. Pretty Woman! Pink is your color! This turned out nicely.

    • Thanks Joann, I guess exploring solid colors is paying off, who knew ppink would would good on me. I sew a lot of blues and greens.

  15. That’s the most perfect gathering I’ve seen on a pink shirt ever Krista and you look hot in pink. Very flattering on you.

  16. Cool trick! And like everyone else I immediately thought the color looks great on you. I’m trying to make more separates too, since I wear them A LOT.