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Hey Sailor

Added Jan 8, 2013

by knapsu

Zwickau, Germany






A while ago I bought this navy blue striped cotton and recently I decided to use the fabrics I have (too many…) rather than buying new ones. Initially I wanted to cut several pieces and organise the stripes to go in another direction than just plainly across. I started drafting, but was never really in love with my ideas and at one point I started liking the “plain look” of the french sailor shirts and just went for it :) sometimes it’s the simple things..though I still have enough fabric to create something else.

Material Notes

rather stiff navy blue striped cotton




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jan 10, 2013, 10.00 PMby barmaglot

    great work on matching the stripes!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.31 AMby sixteenstitches

    Cute top and perfect stripe matching that requires some skill hehe. Everyone needs a top like this its a great addition to any wardrobe!!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.28 PMby kihli

    Great shirt, I also love those simple striped ones… Do the stripes on your tshirt akso match at the back? I made the same shirt several times and I didn’t get the stripes at the back to match, whereas it wasn’t any problem at the front…

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      Jan 9, 2013, 12.16 AMby knapsu

      I quickly took a picture from the back. I tried to match them as much as possible focusing on the shoulders and caring less about the armpit-part as it is less visible and probably all wrinkled :P but as you can see the left side didn’t turn out that well…

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      Jan 9, 2013, 11.10 AMby kihli

      Thanks for the additional picture! I’m gonna try harder next time, to also match the back stripes like you did!

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      Jan 9, 2013, 05.15 PMby knapsu

      hehe well I think it’s not that good but well. my “technique” if one can call it like that was to baste stitch (machine) it first, then turn it around to check whether the stripes match…then open either everything or only part again to baste stitch them again and so on for probably 1h or more :P and finally I stitched properly right next to the baste stitch (otherwise it’s all wrong again). hope that helps – though it takes an awful amount of time for a basic shirt – I always find it funny when they say it just takes 2-3h and I’m occupied all day.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.01 PMby knapsu

    hehe thanks – actually I became quite frustrated with trying to match those grrr stripes perfectly – they aren’t, but in the end I just wanted that thing done :P

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    Jan 8, 2013, 04.36 PMby prettysewinggirl

    Couldn’t agree more on liking the simple things… and sometimes you just have to go with what the material design tells you :) your top is beautiful!! and perfect matching of the stripes… great inspiration, thanks :)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 04.00 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab top!! Very classic looking. A skirt or shorts would be lovely in this fabric x

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