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Grandpa McPlaiderson's "gone camping" shirt.

Added Oct 16, 2010

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






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! :)

Material Notes

Old man shirting material. A generous helping of baby blue buttons!




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Geek, Mod, Preppy
Cotton, Shirting

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    May 7, 2011, 05.47 AMby Sofiagynther

    I love this!!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 12.01 PMby chuber

    I love it! LoVE it!!! The neck is gorgeous!!! You wouldn’t use this adj. on a plaid shirt, but it deserves it. I WANT it!!!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 09.25 PMby Eleanor Thomas

    The collar and the asymmetrical buttons look brilliant. Nice work!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 03.56 PMby lizajane09

    really cool and different. I love the collar and blue buttons.

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    Oct 16, 2010, 03.26 PMby nidhi

    great job with the collar design and the buttons!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 02.49 PMby bmapso

    Love it! Very nice!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 12.57 PMby sewobsessed

    I love this shirt…but I always love what you create! I really love the narrative! I feel like I know you from reading your blog. Keep up the good work, you inspire many a long way away.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.28 AMby littlewren

      thanks so much for the comment… also… thanks for reading my blog! Not ever sure anybody reads it so it’s totally encouraging to hear that you enjoy it! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 10.15 AMby nookie

    as always you create something special. I really love the collar with the assymetrical button closure – absolutely inspired.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.29 AMby littlewren

      thanks! “Inspired” is an awesome compliment! I really appreciate it! :)

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    Oct 16, 2010, 08.53 AMby olystyrene

    Awesome awesome awesome! Lovin’ that collar and the buttons!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 08.20 AMby nessys

    This is a cute little shirt Honey, that print is very sweet.

    You look lovely in the shots – and once again, you paint a lovely picture with your words of treasured camping trips of times past.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.30 AMby littlewren

      thanks!!! aw, you’re always so encouraging! : )

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.30 AMby littlewren

      thanks!!! aw, you’re always so encouraging! : )

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    Oct 16, 2010, 07.04 AMby magdamagda

    so cute! I am in love with your sense of style! your clothes look effortlessly charming! :) (I am actually green with envy even if my avatar looks blue)

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.32 AMby littlewren

      dude… you are so so sweet! I feel so good about myself after reading this! THANKS!!! charming, my sense of style… dude… from looking at your blog and your stuff… you have a super sense when it comes to clothes and beyond! under my paper mustache I’m green too! (… do you think people see my picture and think I wear a mustache all the time? I don’t… just saying!)

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      Oct 20, 2010, 01.15 PMby magdamagda

      ha! so its paper!!! i couldnt tell if it was fake :P

      (glad you noticed my blog and my stuff, as I said Im a fan of yours and I dont miss your projects coz i added you to friends, hope you don’t mind;) )

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    Oct 16, 2010, 06.57 AMby irmchen

    Excellent! :-)

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    Oct 16, 2010, 06.52 AMby charith

    Love the collar, the buttons, the old-man fabric. And the way the buttons go off to the side. (You said it much more eloquently than I did.) Great job!

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    Oct 16, 2010, 06.19 AMby keren

    awesome shirt – love the color and the turquoise buttons and especially the collar!!

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