Park Life | Handmade ShirtOoOoOh I love-making shirts and I like to challenge myself when doing so. I picked up this fun, bright and happy cotton fabric on sale, gave her a wash and got to starting on my idea which was inspired by this Pin on my Pinterest board ‘Sewing Inspiration’. | ShirtI started with my generic shirt pattern cutting out as per normal sewing in the darts and making a placket that would be attached later. I then took a measurement and trimmed off the tops. I made a series of strips cut on the grain and used the loop turner to bring them right way through and top stitched down either side. | Handmade ShirtUsing the dressmakers dummy I pinned the shirt down and started to criss cross the sewn strips in a fashion that I was happy with placing a pin in the centre to stabilise. I made two interfaced epaulettes to support the sewn strips and bias-cut armscyes. I used so. many. pins. It was a little nightmarish to look at. The first thing I did was to quickly sew a couple of stitches into the centre of each criss cross design to keep it from moving about. I then attached the placket to the shirt, once I hit the top each sewn strip was stitched inside the placket which was then top stitched down. | Handmade ShirtThe back was done in a similar fashion, I placed each sewn strip inside the collar facing, epaulettes and bias cut armscyes. All top stitched down, I like the top stitching. Once everything was stable I released the stitches from the criss crosses. I love the shirt she turned out great, the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. A funky pair of shorts may need to be made to finish things off, not in this fabric though perhaps a plain colour with accents. | Handmade ShirtNow to take the shirt out to the park to see how she holds up. Not bad here! She seems to blend in rather lovely with the blues, reds and greens of the kiddies jungle gym. | Shirt

…and not too bad here either, as you can see I’m rather pleased with this one I think it’s unique and can imagine this in different colours to suit my many fashion sewing moods. Black would look good too.

Can’t wait to see your shirt. Excited!

Lets name this one Park Life -Blur

The Facts

Fabric | Printed Cotton 

Pattern | my generic shirt pattern
Year | The year of fun times
Notions | 8 buttons, interfacing and some patience
Time to complete |  Approx 10 hours
First worn | For these photos
Wear again? sure will I love it
Total price | $10



Eclectic, fun loving seamstress sewing to the beat of her own drum.


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  1. Man I just love those colors and the fabric is fabricatastic!!!

  2. More than fabulous, as usual : ) Ever consider making something like this to show off your tattoo’s? Can’t wait to see what skirt you make to go with it!

  3. Would love it in black. You are going to get some mighty fun tan lines in this. :)

  4. Love it! The colors and the detailed work on the top are very cool. What are epaulettes?

  5. This is amazing, Kazz!! I love everything about it!

  6. Oh, I love it! It reminds me of a Pip Culbert artwork – beautifully deconstructed, but still polished. Gorgeous.

  7. That is a really cool shirt! The overlapped fabric, the colors, all of it, it’s just awesome! Should you grow tired of it for any strange reason, can I be next in line for your hand-me-downs?

  8. What a cool construction process and polished, happy result! I’d have a hard time not wearing this every day. I knew you’d go to town with your old faithful shirt pattern. Very inspiring.

  9. cool cool cool! love it! Such beautiful detail.

  10. That is cray girlfriend.

    I know, I am such a dag x

  11. It’s so clever! Once again!