The “Pretty in Pink” Shirt

The Facts

  • Fabric: Pink floral cotton (stash)
  • Pattern: McCall’s 5433 (stash)
  • Year: 2007
  • Notions: thread, 6 buttons (stash)
  • Time to complete: 4 hours
  • First worn: April 30, 2012
  • Wear again?: Yes
  • Total price: $0

You may remember this pattern from my Andrew Wyeth shirt. This time around I did a shorter length and a shorter sleeve. Reusing the pattern meant it was free, the pattern pieces were already cut out, I had already made necessary adjustments, and I didn’t have to think as hard about individual steps.

The fabric is something my mother picked up at least 6 years ago at a garage sale. I took the photos in my new favorite spot in the house: the empty space left by the removal of an enormous 1911 Grinnell Bros. piano that has gone to a home where it will actually be played. This spot will not be empty for long. We have plans for new living room furniture. Can’t wait to give this room a face lift.


Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.


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  1. That’s a very pretty blouse, a great colour

  2. Super cute shirt! I love the print, and your photos look great!

  3. Looks lovely on you. The print is very cute.

  4. Cute shirt! And hooray for free and easy!

  5. I love this fabric you’ve chosen. Soft, casual, refined, I love it.

  6. That shirt looks so crisp and professional….I definitely need to add some pieces like this to my wardrobe. Have fun with the room facelift!

  7. I love making a pattern a second time, I feel so competent and successful! This shirt fits you beautifully. Looks like a great basic, and I agree with Tempest, I need more pieces like this myself.

  8. Pink is positively lovely on you! I love your shirt and the floral fabric – very pretty :)

  9. Oh, you are all too kind. ;) I’m sure this is truly one of the more boring projects we’ll see this week. :)