I originally bought 3 yards of an ombre purple polka dot quilting cotton back in December from Gotham Quilts. Then I prewashed and pressed it and noticed this...
...a nice faded line through the center of the fabric which made me toss my original shirt vision out the window. I did some creative cutting and thought that maybe the shirt would work with the ombre going from side to side. Ummmm no...
This cut was just bad. Primarily because the dark to light didn't merge well and looked silly. This sent me back to the store for an additional two yards of fabric which I should have done in the first place instead of the weird cut out. I had visions of how this dress turned out bouncing around in my head. I didn't want to experience that again! In all honesty, I learned so much from making that dress, as well as, from the derision expressed on other internet sites.
That's how I came up with the title of this post. See I've become spoiled. Most of the quilting cottons I've used in shirtmaking have been purchased from Zooks in Lancaster, PA. The Amish have some amazing quilt stores filled with bright & vibrant fabrics but with Amish prices. The most I've spent on a quilting cotton was $9.99 per yard. I bought three yards and then another two yards from Gotham Quilts with NYC prices and tax because quilt fabric is taxed in NYC, thus a $70 shirt.
5 yards quilting cotton from Gotham Quilts in NYC
11 1/2" gold dome buttons from Pacific Trimmings
Gold piping from Joyce Trimmings
Interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller
After I recut the shirt there were no additional construction changes. There were however some design changes that added to the construction time of the shirt.
o The shirt has been gathered into the cuff instead of using the button/buttonhole closure.
o Gold piping was added to the bottom of the cuff and to the collar.
o To make the piping work best at the collar I rounded the ends slightly - so no sharp collar points on this version.
o To get the full gathered back I had to cut the piece in half and seam it. It uses the ombre to full effect and is a little smaller than my normal gathered back.
A Few Pictures ~
This is the fourth shirt in the series. I'm a little over half way done with the series of shirts and the cut pile. So I'm taking a break from shirtmaking here. I started a new project and that's what I'm working on now. There are a couple of cardigans that are finished plus the project referenced above coming to the blog sooner rather than later.
...as always more later!