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Folsom Prison Blues Blouse

Added Jan 28, 2011

by erica-penton

Halifax, Canada






I used McCalls 5929. I wanted to make a denim shirt that would be casual, but not boring. I toned down some of the ruffles at the top, but didn’t change much other than that. It was really easy to sew. I had never made a shirt before, so I found some of the directions confusing – I had to read them aloud!

You can see my blog post, and the story behind the name here

Material Notes

Lightweight denim.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Preppy
Cotton, Denim, Eyelet, Flannel, Shirting

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    Mar 14, 2011, 01.39 PMby Lisette O

    What a pretty shirt! I don’t really go for denim shirts but this is beyond lovely.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.46 PMby jessicarae

    I love the length of the sleeves and I adore the name. Well done Erica!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 05.42 PMby xxlyshxx

    love the ruffels on tthis top, its really nice

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    Jan 30, 2011, 10.15 AMby Poodysmum

    I loooooove it! I want one! :)

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    Jan 29, 2011, 11.09 PMby tine94

    Great work! I found this pattern such a pain, it was my first shit too, but i could never get the placket just right. Well done, and great choice of fabric. :D

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    Jan 29, 2011, 02.00 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    It has a sort of Ralph Lauren quality to it. Very nice.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 12.50 AMby briannamarie

    This is really lovely! I have this pattern, but I never would’ve thought to use denim with it. I just ordered some chambray to make one like it in a lighter color. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 09.57 PMby erica-penton

    Thank you everyone!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 08.40 PMby redslippers

    this is gorgeous!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 07.59 PMby SimplyTuTuSweet

    You did a wonderful job! I think I might just try that pattern too! I love ruffles. Great job. I’m going to stop by your blog for a peak.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 07.41 PMby designerroya

    This makes me feel like I’m in the woods or an old, run-down library. I love it! Great sewing! You nailed it!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 04.30 PMby tamezdc

    Fantastic blouse!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.37 PMby amberlove

    It’s beautiful-and fantastic for a first shirt. The ruffles are perfect!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.10 PMby micsy

    Very nice job

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.55 PMby puffling

    Hi Erica – I checked out your blog too, and being from Halifax myself, I remember the dreary selection at Fabricville :( Now I’m in Montreal and totally spoiled by the choice. If you visit Montreal anytime soon, be sure to spend some time and money on rue St. Hubert.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.43 PMby bmapso

    I love it! Great Job! It can be dressed up or down and still look beautiful!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 12.54 PMby lclausewitz

    We’re lucky that real prison uniforms aren’t this pretty, since otherwise crime rates might rise among female offenders wanting to get locked up just for the sake of the shirt….

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    Jan 28, 2011, 10.25 AMby meiling

    Lovely shirt! I also love your lip color, can you tell me what was that please???

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    Jan 28, 2011, 05.12 AMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    I love this shirt. I made the same shirt in a batik fabric and I love it!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 04.12 AMby koobakii

    This is an amazing piece of workmanship, especially for a first shirt, and incredibly befitting on your slender figure, you should be very proud

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.40 AMby skeeler

    Well done!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.24 AMby tiger-lily

    That looks so nice, and fits you so well! I like patterns, but they never fit me that well.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.24 AMby leahfranqui

    This is great! You should check out the burda JJ shirt pattern, it’s free! Very similar.

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      Jan 28, 2011, 09.57 PMby erica-penton

      Great suggestion! I like the smaller ruffles too.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.22 AMby clairesophie

    this is so pretty!!

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