Added Oct 16, 2010
I found this fabric in a pile of mens shirting material that looked like it hadn’t been touched for a few thousand years in the old warehouse where I can find fabrics. It called to me! I knew I wanted to make a shirt of sorts… but didn’t have a clear picture in my mind. It lay in the bottom of my fabric basket for a few months… every month I’d take it out and ask it, “What do you want to be?” Eventually I got tired of asking and told it that I really wanted to wear it so if it wanted a say in the matter it had better speak fast! I cut basic shirt pieces and sleeves… and intended a dear little tie collar. It was not to be because I ran out of fabric. I was dying for a little tie collared blouse… but this shirt had other plans… which is fine with me! I ended up doing a simple stand up collar with the left over fabric. I LOVE the hight of the collar as well as the button-tastic asymmetry of the closure! It’s dreamy in a what I imagine Audrey Hepburn would have worn when she was taking her clothes to the laundry… or what Twiggy would wear while weeding in her garden… (all this is in my head… but hopefully this small picture didn’t scare you too much! Think of me! I have to be in here all the time!! Ha!)
I have a fairly long torso and my body type is decidedly curvy so I usually shy away from things this unfitted and short. This shirt, however, is convincing me my ideas about this length of shirt are silly and the boxiness doesn’t make me look bad… just … different than I’m used to… Still is taking some getting used to.
I love the fabric because it reminds me of the shirts my Pop-pop wore when he and my Grammy took us grandkids camping! Wearing this makes me want to curl up around a camp fire, eat a few s’mores, and then use a KOA bathroom/battle mosquitos, and pile into the camper for story time! What a lucky girl I am! :)
Old man shirting material. A generous helping of baby blue buttons!
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