Tuesday, May 27, 2014

An Unlikely Favorite


One of the best things about working at Sawyer Brook is easy access to small fabric remnants. The floral print I used in this shirt was just such a remnant. Small enough that I used nearly all of it. I combined it with a white linen and a cotton stripe. The print and stripe had caught my eye while both were still on rolls, but I didn't buy them then as I thought I'd never wear a garment using the two of them. Too busy. The addition of the white convinced me to go ahead with what is now one of my favorite shirts.

The pattern I used is ReVisions' Nuevo Shirt, one of my favorites from Diane Ericson. I love the design ideas Diane included in the pattern, as well as the cool pocket inset, the two piece sleeves and the bias-cut asymmetrical collar that lays beautifully.

The pattern has long sleeves with a really cool cuff treatment. I chose to cut them short for summer wear, and inserted bias strips into the seam.


I modified the top edge of the pocket and added free motion topstitching. I really love this pocket treatment, as it's such a good opportunity for combining fabrics. It becomes the focal point of the shirt.


If you enlarge the photo above, you'll see the triangular buttons from Sawyer Brook. I've wanted to use these buttons since they first arrived at the store, and they are a perfect match to the greens in the fabrics.

I recently made another Nuevo shirt, and have yet a third in the works. Keep watch for them here!


10 comments:

  1. What a beautiful shirt and so creative. I don't have that much imagination. Lovely

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  2. That is so clever ~ love your use of colour and scrap fabric ... J

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  3. Oh, that is a real designer inspired shirt. You have done a wonderful job - it's fabulous!

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  4. Fabulous shirt and it looks great on you. It is a combination of designer and creative.

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  5. Love, love this shirt. You are so creative. I worked part time in a fabric store after retiring from teaching and I blame that for the size of my stash!

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  6. Thank you all for the compliments! This shirt is a real pleaser.

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  7. So creative! Love the fabric choices. And very flattering on you.

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  8. Such a perfect combination of fabrics, Dixie! You look so breezy and cool.

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  9. Love this shirt. Your combination of fabrics works so well!

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  10. I just found out that Hancock Fabrics is going out of business, so I'm looking for ideas in making original clothing and found this blog. I like your style.

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