Hot! “Sorry, No Service!” Shirt

The Facts:

Fabric: black vintage telephones on yellow cotton from Jo-Anns
Pattern: McCalls 5052
Year: contemporary
Notions: black buttons
Time to complete: half day
First worn: Grover Hot Springs State Park 8-2-2012
Wear again? I hope she will.
Total price: Less than 5 dollars

Challenge: Yellow

We took advantage of the great outdoors at Grover Hot Springs State Park in CA for our photo-shoot. We’ve been going to this park for about the last 20 years. Not all the daughters we able to come this time, but we had a good representation with three of my daughters, my granddaughters, myself, and the two guys.

There is a natural hot spring in the park with a huge regular pool and a hot soaking pool, fishing in the Carson River, a hike to a waterfall, and beautiful views! Camping is one our favorite activities. We had great weather, no mosquitos, or bears. We played lots of games and entertained ourselves without any electronic devices. Imagine that! There is absolutely no service in this neck of the woods and only one pay-phone at the camp entrance.

Enjoying the beauty of nature

When I spotted this fabric months ago, it was so nostalgic, yet bright and cheery, that I had to have it. I didn’t know what I would do with it, however. When Leah saw it, she said that it would make a cute top, and would I please make it for her. Of course! I had to resize the pattern from a size 14, down to a six and after the first fitting, I removed the big 80’s looking sleeve, and made cap sleeves instead. Finally, we were happy with it.  We thought it would be fun to take pictures at one of “the last remaining” phone-booths in the U.S. and also highlight some of the activities you can do without electronics.

Volleyball anyone?

Old School Communication

The Campers!

Markleeville General Store. Ice cream and cool drinks for all.

The 3 1/2 lb Trophy Trout…caught by my oldest daughter.



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Great photos, great location, great model, great shirt. All around wonderful.

  2. What a cute shirt and a cute daughter.. Looks like a fun time at the photo shoot..

  3. I agree with, Erin!! What a cute top and fantastic pictures!! I love that your family has so many traditions and that you have a such a great relationship with your girls!!

  4. This shirt is so cute, and the model too!

  5. Very cute top. The yellow grass in the background works really well for this challenge. I really like those photos. But OMG how many daughters do you actually have? Sounds like you have at least another one or two…lucky you.

  6. I love this print and she looks great in that top! I don’t know what the other sleeves looked like but I know you made the right call.

  7. Uhhh!! Nice fish!%)))

  8. Can I be in your family? Seriously, great print and nice work sizing the pattern down and pleasing your daughter.

  9. Hi Barbar, awesome photos and I love the fabric. There are some really stunning parks in the USA, we went ona trip to Zion Park and Bryce Canyon, just stunning and I hope we can do it again.

  10. Gosh, next time you have a family outing please invite me! The shirt is adorable, your daughters are gorgeous, the photos are so fun, and the location is beyond amazing!

    I really like the cap sleeves, and the fabric, and pretty much everything about it.

  11. Love the print on the fabric, perfect union of fabric and pattern.

    I wish I was there those photos and landscapes are divine. Great job Barbara.

  12. Love this shirt! Once again, your daughter is gorgeous!

  13. Thanks everyone for the nice feedback. What an amazing journey we all have been on this year!