Sunday, November 17, 2013

Falling for Floral - Round 2

The floral trend continues in Milan and also here on the coast of Maine. I started this latest shirtmaking project with two lengths of fabric, one floral, the other a stripe. Each piece was adequate to make a shirt, but just barely. After adding some striped accents to the mostly floral shirt, I naturally don't have enough striped fabric to make a whole shirt. So I'm adding some floral touches here and there to make up for the lack of fabric.




Shirt two is sporting a floral inner collar stand and yoke, plus floral elbow patches.




Elbow patches are new territory for me, and I think these flowery ones are kind of fun. They add some much needed interest to what's a pretty bland striped shirt. Once I figured out where they had to be placed, it became clear that I would have to make little stubby sleeve plackets. Otherwise, the placket I usually use would have run over the elbow patches. And, yes, as you can see I'm terrible at making plackets match up. But I'm not losing any sleep over it.



Some goodies have arrived in the mail recently, so here's a sneak peek of what's in store for both shirts. I'm lifting a page out of Claudine's play book and venturing into the world of ombré dyeing. This should be fun. Wish me luck!



  1. How unusual is this shirt. I like it but. The sewing looks fine too me, Better than my attempts at anything like this. I can't wait to see your experiment.

  2. Hi, I found your blog via Line of Selvage. The shirt looks fabulous. You should model it for us!

  3. I think that as long as the placket stripes are vertical, they need not match exactly with the sleeve stripes- life is too short for that degree of obsession and who looks that closely at your sleeve apart from your critical self? The floral patches are beautiful.

    1. Check these out. My sleeve placket hero!

  4. If a person is close enough to see the stripes not matching in every tiny detail, they are too close :-)

  5. Great shirt! Keep us posted on your dye adventures. I've got some dyeing to do today, as well, for a dress for my daughter.