Hot! The “Strawberry Sundae” Shirt

The Facts

Fabric: about 1 metre of vintage strawberry-printed cotton, purchased from Fabric-a-Brac for $2
Pattern: Home Journal 11553
Year: 1950s
Notions: 5 clear(-ish) buttons from my stash
Time to complete: 2.5 hours
First worn: for these photos, but I plan to wear it around and about tomorrow
Wear again? for sure
Total cost: about $2

Would you believe I only have two shirts that fit me at the moment? And yet they’re such a wardrobe staple for me right now. The Gingham-To-Go shirt I made a few weeks ago for the “shirts” challenge has been on high rotation ever since it got made. It’s perfect for this time of year – light and breezy, and the little cap sleeves stop my shoulders from getting sunburnt.

I’ve been wanting to try making up this Home Journal pattern again, ever since I finished it last time. The fabric I used for the Gingham-To-Go shirt was quite thick, and some sort of blend that doesn’t press into nice crisp lines. (And also refuses to sit with the collar nicely open. Huh.) So I’ve been wondering – how would this pattern look, made up in a cotton instead?

Clearly, this week was another week-of-the-shirt for me!

I pulled this strawberry-printed lightweight cotton out of my stash, and happily had just enough for the cap-sleeve variation of the shirt. (Admittedly I barely had enough. The underneath of the collar ended up having to be cut in two bits, and the front facings were on the semi-bias to fit it all in.) I have no idea how old this fabric is, but it’s cute, and wonderfully light for summer! I’m happy with how the pattern made up in it as well – I think this may end up being a go-to pattern for me, I have plans to experiment with the version with sleeves for autumn in a few months.



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. I totally believe the 2 shirts thing. Babies and nursing change your shape completely! I love this pattern. It looks great on you!

  2. Cute fabric and style. I’d like to make that blouse someday. How did you come by that pattern?

    • Thanks Barbara! I can’t remember where I found this one – most like online somewhere. If it’s in your size, I’d be happy to loan it to you if you like. :-)

  3. Love the cap sleeves, very pretty. Love to see what other versions you make of this in the future.