Hot! The “Grateful Dead” Ensemble

Fabric: Light Weight Cottons
Pattern: New Look 6871 View E for Shirt, Butterick B5044 View C for Shorts
Notions: Thread & Elastic
Time to Complete: 5 Hours
First Worn: Riverside Park South
Wear Again? Yes, but not together
Total Price: $6 – $6 for Fabrics – Sales bin, Notions from Stash

Truckin down to NYC, the Grateful Dead have been a part of my eclectic music collection, so take a load off…and read my post… I promise I didn’t inhale.

The shirt is a lightweight cotton that reminded me of all the iconic artwork created over the decades of faithful Dead Heads. Here is a detail of the shirt fabric.

Perfect for the hot weather. I finished the double ruffle sleeves with the serger.

I made the shorts out of a cotton that looked like tie dye and the side pockets are a nice detail.

But the look wouldn’t be complete without a proper skull  – so we headed outdoors to Riverside Park South.

These items worn together is my colorful salute to the Grateful Dead. Peace, Love & Happiness.



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. Lovely idea..Love the shirt pattern..and cute fabric.

  2. Krista-I inhaled-one too many times!
    Love your tribute though I admit-I only know one grateful Dead song. Touch of Gray-I think everyone knows that one! Did I even get the title right?

  3. Hey, you’ve got another classy cycling outfit too – the print on that top is so pretty, and so nicely lightweight and I love the pocket detail on your shorts. You’re doing Audrey proud! I have to admit I didn’t think I know any Grateful Dead songs….going off to Google Touch of Gray to see if I do know it and just didn’t know I knew it. (Great challenge Mena, getting us sewing AND widening our pool of musical knowledge!)

  4. Nope didn’t know that one, but do now :)

    • I agree, did you check out Nettie’s inspiration? I love to discover new music. In fact I think it’s amazing how much exist, lucky us! I’ve been eyeing yours, hope Mena post soon, I’m dieting to read about it.

      • Don’t get your hopes up too much….I’m still climbing out of my hole. My daughter and I decided to take my madness and run with it. I hope people can see this is cathartic rather than disturbing or course for concern.

        Ah, yes, now Nettie’s inspiration I’d heard the songs as the Noisettes seemed to emerge just before I left the UK…..but I didn’t know what a style goddess that lead singer was. Big fun.

  5. What a cool skull! The Grateful Dead lived just across the bay from me, although I was never a “dead head”. I did go to a party once at the lighting designers apartment in the city. Got stuck in an elevator with a bunch of guys all drinking beer. Good news was firemen got to resuce us : ) Your outfit is very “dead” and I can see why you wouldn’t necessarily wear the two pieces together. Cute pieces all in all!

    • Thanks Loran, I wasn’t a dead head either but I do love their songs. I’ve already worn the shorts again biking. I think in fall I’ll work on some athletic wear. Wonder if I can find stretch plaid. Hmmmm.

  6. “Driving that train……”. Always one of my favorites. You look nice and cool in your shorts and top. Great colors and prints!

  7. Hi Barbara, watch the video you made with your daughter. Great times to be shared. Funny they were playing Woodstock on the Palladium TV channel. Watched Crosby stools and Nash, Neil Young. Before that I was watching a documentary On Simon and Garfunkle. I never get tired of hearing them harmonize, Cicelia is one of my all time favorites.

  8. Peace, Love and Sewing Happiness, what a whirl of psychedelia great job Krista.

  9. Hi Kazz, this whole week was a blast. I loved all the different postings, it really got people’s creative juices going. I’m still waiting for Fridays to be posted. I tell ya the one thing I could not live without – music. Have a fantastic weekend.