The “Gingham-To-Go” Shirt
Fabric: somewhere between 0.5 and 1 metre of green-and-cream gingham I picked up at Fabric-a-Brac a while back for about $1
Pattern: Australian Home Journal 11553
Notions: 5 buttons from my stash
Time to complete: 2.5 hours
First worn: to visit friends and later for a walk around the neighbourhood
Wear again? yep
Total cost: about $1
Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s been nearly two months since I’ve posted on here – yikes! Probably unsurprisingly, it’s taken me a while to figure out how to find time to sew with a baby around. (And then, when I did figure it out, I had to quickly make up a few pairs of trousers for the little lad.)
Anyway, here, finally, I have made something for myself. Yay!
So this whole baby thing has resulted in a bit of sewing soul-searching. I’m not my former size, but I’m heading down that way, which has resulted in my not wanting to make things in my current size for fear of not fitting them in another couple of months. But at the same time, I am in need of new clothes, since hardly anything I own fits me! Clothes that are also easy-access for feeding the little guy, easy to wash, and preferably don’t need ironing as they’re likely to have baby-spew down them by the end of the day. Hmmm.
Conveniently, shirts seem to fit most of what I need at the moment, so this challenge came at quite a good time! ;-)
This pattern was, well, interesting to put together. I had to read the instructions 2-3 times to figure out whether seam allowance was included or not. And those instructions are spread over the instruction sheet, the back of the pattern envelope (for the “general” instructions), and notes on the envelope front and a pattern piece or two. Rather vague they are at times, as well. Such as “make buttonholes or have them made at a local store”. No indication of how many button holes, where to place them, etc, etc. I’d put the instructions for this shirt right up there with BurdaStyle pattern instructions for sheer incomprehensibility. So I pretty much ignored them for the most part, which seemed to work out ok.
I like the details on this shirt – there are small pleats at the neckline, and inverted tucks for shaping at front and back. The cap sleeves have grown on me – I liked them while making them, didn’t like them when I first tried it on, and I think I like them again now. (Does anyone else do that, fluctuate between liking something they’ve made and not liking it? I seem to do it with nearly everything I make….!)