Sunday, November 04, 2018

A Talbots Influenced Shirt

This is the third shirt in the "Border Print Series." I added it to the series because of the mix of gingham fabrics and the fussy cutting needed to make the shirt work...


Let's start with the Inspiration photo that jumped this shirt off for me...


I've held onto this photo since spring because I love the play of the larger versus smaller gingham. I'm grouping it with the other border print shirts because of the fabric manipulation required to make the shirt work. To get the look there were bias pieces cut out as well as the front and backs being singly cut in the same manner I cut a border print. That's how this shirt gained a place in this series.


Here is my supply list ~

Fabric:
Both gingham fabrics are from StyleMaker Fabrics. I chose to make mine from navy & white but other color combinations are available here.

Notions:
1/2" 2-hole white buttons from Pacific Trimmings
Interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller

Construction ~
As I mentioned above, cutting out was the most important part of making the shirt work, especially since this version of my TNT pattern has princess seams.  For this shirt, I went back to the straight hem of previous shirts. I know my inspiration pic shows the curved sides but I was ready for something else.


I also omitted the bands with buttonholes and buttons on the sleeves. My sleeves have a sewn on cuff.

Using the straight hem made it easier to match the plaid across the seams of the shirt.

For the back yoke, I cut the fabric on the bias and added a seam to get the chevroned pattern. I like the detail but honestly I did it so I wouldn't have to match the plaid of the back yoke to the shirt back bottom.

Buttons on the front are white 2-hole shirt buttons which are smaller than buttons I normally use. Because of that I added more of them down the front of the shirt. When stitching them to the button band, I had to use tape to hold them down so they wouldn't move around. So thank you to whomever left that tip in the comments.

A Few Pictures ~





Conclusion ~
I took a couple of months to acquire the fabric I needed to make this shirt. I'm glad I was able to get a combo I liked. It was the challenge of manipulating the fabric and making the plaid match all the way around the shirt that was the intriguing part for me. So while this is not "technically" a border print, the extra work to make it happen is why it's in the series.

...always more later!

 


20 comments:

  1. Really nice attention to details, and it's fun to see your inspiration!

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  2. I love the creativity in this. Thanks for sharing and happy sewing!

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    1. Actually it was a lot of copying but thank you! *LOL*

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  3. Beautiful sewing and print combos. Has the look of a high-end garment.

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  4. This is so fun. I love the gingham mixing...and the color is awesome!

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  5. really nice and love your autumnal pics!

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    1. Beth - I'm always trying to get pictures when the seasons change. They make such wonderful backdrops.

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  6. This shirt is too cute and is very flattering on you. It makes gingham look more high-end and sophisticated.

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    1. Carol - I love Gingham and have been trying to incorporate more of it into my wardrobe! This shirt turned out so much better than I thought it would.

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  7. I think I like your version better than the Talbot's. This is a very flattering shirt on you. I love the small and large gingham print as well as the use of bias on the yoke. I find I get inspiration from Talbot's and a new one for me is Soft Surroundings.

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    1. Linda - I like both of them! Reminds me I need to steal my Mother's Soft Surroundings catalog. Thank you for liking the shirt and I find alot of inspiration from Talbot's - I like their use of color and print!

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  8. Love the two prints. Very attractive. Looks great on you.

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  9. Another fabulous shirt!! I think you nailed the inspiration photo, and perhaps came out a bit better with the scale of gingham you used.

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    1. Vanessa - thanks! I loved the challenge of assembling and sewing this shirt so I'm glad everything worked!

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  10. Love the shirt !! I used to tape my buttons on also, but for the last several years, I just dab the back of the button with glue stick and place the button exactly where I want it. After the glue dries, it is a piece of cake to sew on the button and no tape to fool with.

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