Gingham Love

Pattern: BurdaStyle's Printed Blouse 08/2012 #109
Fabric: 1 yd mixed fiber gingham
Cost: free from fabric swap

I do not need to justify my current obsession with this print. It's perfectly casual, can be dressed up or down, and if you need any more proof that everyone is wearing one, head on over to #thatjcrewginghamshirt.

Mine was made up in a couple of evenings using my TNT BurdaStyle 08/2012 #109, which I have modified to have normal armholes and fitted to my body shape. All that was left to do was cut it out and sew it up. It's a loose casual style that slips over my head and isn't too constricting. I have tried this pattern in a ponte before, but it really hangs better in a woven like this. The main fitting feature of this blouse is the French dart, which I think gives it just the right shape without over-fitting.


I also love how the back hangs. Unlike my recent button-front shirt, it hangs without any pooling around the lower back, but is still loose and easy to wear. I have also fixed this issue (hopefully!) in my next button-front shirt, coming to the blog as soon as I attach the buttons. 

The one detail I added to this shirt was sleeve slits. It does make the sleeves hang extra wide, but allows for more movement and I think is a cute detail. While the rest of the garment is French-seamed, the slits were made by serging each seam allowance, pressing the seam open, and stitching down the seam allowances around the slit.  

The only problem with this top is that I already made Mr. Made a button-front with this same fabric, and he is none too pleased that we might end up some day as accidental twins. Oh well, maybe we will look like this pair. Or we could invite some friends over and have a gingham party. #ginghamlove


11 comments:

  1. I love this top the gingham looks great on you!

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  2. I think everyone should own a navy gingham top. LOVE.

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  3. OMG, on my last fabric run I bought some amazing gingham silk. I didn't know!

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  4. This is a lovely top! Funnily enough I was looking at BurdaStyle patterns yesterday and mentally added this one to my 'need to sew' list. The shaping is good and as you say, not over-fitted and I love the slits in the sleeves. Lovely detail, that!

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    1. Just beware that the Burda pattern has weird sleeve shaping with very long armscye, so I modified mine a lot in that regard. And of course it took some tweaking for me to get the darts in the right place for my body. That said, I now love this pattern!

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  5. Great top, I am loving the big gingham look. The shape of this suits you really well.

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  6. I love gingham so much right now, this top is perfect! Now, if only you had just a little more to make something for Beatrix so the whole family could match...

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    1. Bahaha. And unfortunately I do...

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  7. I love it! Such a great use if a classic fabric. You can't go wrong with gingham.

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  8. Ahh that's the fabric that I gave away at the Bay Area sexists fabric swap, your making me wish I had kept it, such a cute top! I had thought it was cotton though, purchased at The Fabric Store . You've really made the most with this fabric!!!

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    1. Thanks Angela! It has been well-loved!

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