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Little Chicken Town Boxy Shirt

Added Dec 14, 2013

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






the other day, i saw 2 of my old fabrics in my closet. i bought the other one so many years ago, and the other one around last year, and seeing them together now just created another crazy idea in my head.
i had wanted to make simple blouses/shirts from these two fabrics, and then i figured… why not just make one with long sleeves? since neither of the fabrics were long enough for long-sleeved blouse, i had to combine them. the pattern that made me even consider about making such a blouse was this, number 127 B from the May 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine (there’s only the A variation here in Burda Style website).

it didn’t seem that bad when i was making it. only after it was done and i tried it on did i see the problem: it was way too big. and i actually used the smallest size. the picture of the pattern made me believe that it wasn’t as big as it actually is. but oh well, it was done and i really didn’t want to start making it smaller on the sides and the sleeves… so i just cut the shoulder parts a bit to make some peep holes.

it seemed like a good idea at the time, but as i tried it on again, it made me feel like i’m wearing a Card Captor Sakura cosplay costume. gah. but WHAT-E-V-E-R.

wearing it with normal-looking trousers makes me look a bit more sane, thankfully. (at least i hope so!)

Material Notes

total of around 2 m of cotton fabric (110 cm wide),
4 shirt buttons,

around 1 m of bias tape (for the shoulder peep holes)




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Geek, Other, Preppy

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    Dec 19, 2013, 09.35 PMby Rikamekko

    Such a unique and cute shirt : ) I like your selecting fabrics. I feel like favoriting your shirt to my favorites list again and again. Great great work!

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      Dec 20, 2013, 08.33 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much! what an uplifting comment. :) now i get more and more confidence to wear this shirt, especially after reading your comment. i just can’t help falling in love with crazy prints, be it big or small, childish or over the top… can’t get enough of them!

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      Dec 20, 2013, 09.44 PMby Rikamekko

      Yeah you can be more confident to wear your shirt : ) I do love your shirt of everything. At least I surely think you’ll be called by people in japan like this , “kawaii” “where did you get it ?” ^^
      I’m also into crazy and pop fabrics such as made in north europe!

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    Dec 14, 2013, 02.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    wow! I’m really impressed! This is so Fun and I believe you will get a lots of comments when wearing it :-)

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      Dec 14, 2013, 07.23 PMby saxsilverain

      it was fun to make, just have to pluck up the courage to actually wear it outside the house, LOL! but thank you for your kind words! :)

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