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three cheers for the red, white, and lu


Happy Independence Day, America – and a happy weekend to All! Wil and I are keeping it low-key and hoping to see some fireworks in the park later with the family. We’ve been barbequing, listening to the new Old Crow Medicine Show album, and hanging out with Lucille in the yard.


I made a new shirt specially for the holiday festivities! This is a slightly modified version of Simplicity 1538. I changed the shape of the yoke in the back, left off the sleeves, and changed the collar so it’s without a stand. Both fabrics are from Jo-Ann Fabrics and have been in my stash since last autumn.


The navy blue in the plaid isn’t a perfect match for the lighter blue in the floral, but I think both prints work really well together regardless. I also love the subtle texture of a dotted swiss cotton.


For the collar modification, I followed my usual steps to create a 1940s style collar, but used a strip of bias tape to bind the back instead of a facing all the way around. It took me a little bit to figure out how to connect everything on the inside but it worked. Actually, I messed up pretty badly the first time and had to re-cut the front pieces but let’s not talk about that lol!


Outfit Details:
Shirt – Simplicity 1538 (modified)
Glasses – Ray Ban (from many years ago)
Earrings – Target
Shoes – Old Navy
Jeans – American Eagle (also from many years ago)

photos by William Waldon


I got to test out my new SnapSetter and so far I LOVE it (I’ll share more about it later)! I used the five “practice” snaps that came packaged with the tool because I really loved the red rings, and I didn’t want to ruin my pearl snaps in case I messed up. I’ll try the pearl ones next with my Rodeo Gal shirt that I’m hoping to start this weekend.


I tried something different and used bias tape to turn up the hem on this shirt and it was SO much easier than pressing it up the traditional way. It took me half the time and looks nicer. The wind is blowing the hem up funny in this pic, but trust me, it’s much more even than what I could normally do just pressing it up, especially with a sheer fabric! I will definitely continue to use this method on future shirts.


Oh yeah, I went there! I couldn’t help myself haha! Mini ‘merican flags are a must on the fourth. Plus, I’m a damn Yankee and proud of it! Fun fact: My ancestors fought on the American side of the Revolutionary War, and I can trace that lineage back on both my mother’s and father’s family tree. So I’m pretty much as American as a girl can get! I’ve been meaning to apply to become an official Daughter of The American Revolution. I think that would be so cool.


One more of Lucille and I because she’s way too cute. You don’t mind, right? 😉


Well that’s it for now! Stay safe this weekend and keep an eye on your pets. Lucille is a chubby chicken dog (one of our cats too) so we make sure she’s safe and comfortable inside, and far away from fire works!

Have you been doing any patriotic sewing for this weekend’s festivities? Link up, I wanna see!


  • Those pictures of you and Lu are way too cute!

  • Ack! I did a double take when I looked at your photo. I bought that exact same fabric at JoAnn around Christmas and made an Archer (my first and only, so far) with it. I love, love, love that shirt, and the fabric looks great on you too!
    Here’s my shirt on my blog:

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  • cutest picture ever!

    • I’m sure Lucille has something to do with that 😉

  • This is a great fabric mash-up! I love the way the prints work in your blouse. Also, it’s good to see Lucille! I hope she is doing well following her procedure. 😀

    • Thanks, Michelle! Yeah, she’s doing so much better. I need to post an official update on her this week. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Love the outfit! You did a beautiful job on that lovely, cool-looking shirt. I love Lu’s bandana, too. She must feel like she fits right in.

    • Thank you! I love any excuse to put her in a bandana, I can’t help it. She’s just too cute!

  • stgilbert

    Holy cow! I love your shirt! All the changes are great and I really love the floral/check fabric combination. Another sewing triumph!

    • Thank you, Sarah! I do feel like this one is a triumph actually. I think mixed prints and button-up shirts are my thing right now 🙂

  • rememberingozzie2014

    Oh how cute…love your pictures of you and Lucille.

  • Your shirt making has inspired me to give button down shirts a try. 🙂 Love your fabric combos! Do you think you could do a post on how you changed the back yoke? And your bias tape for the collar? I look forward to your blog and Lucille!

    • Thanks, Jessica! You should definitely give button-up shirts a try. They tend to include a lot more pieces than other sewing projects (well, the ones I’ve sewn lately anyway) but don’t let that scare you. They’re very rewarding to sew! I just shared a peek at the inside of my shirt in my newest post (including the bias tape) and I’ll add the yoke modification to my list of tutorials to share. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • Love this shirt, and the photos with Lucille are just perfect! She’s such a sweetheart! It was my kitten’s first 4th of July with us (and our neighborhood full of illegal fireworks), and while he did okay at first he spent the latter half of the evening in our laundry basket… he’s back to normal now, though.

    • Thanks, Kelly! I’m sorry Mr. Kitten had a tough time with the commotion for a while but I’m glad he’s back on track now 🙂

  • This is so cute! Lucille is looking especially adorable. 🙂

  • Ack! This is too adorable, I can’t even stand it!!! Ha!! I completely agree that those two fabrics go really REALLY well together – GREAT job print mixing! I also love the little red ring snaps and the western style details on this shirt. Really awesome job! And you have GOT to apply to be a Daughter of the American Revolution!

    • Thanks, Sallie!! I love mixing prints a lot. …a lot, a lot. And you’re right, I’ve think I’ve *GOT* to apply to be a D.A.R!

  • I love the fabric choice too. Also think it is great that you are doing blouses. Such a great way to combined a vintage inspired look with living life in 2014.

    • Thanks, Corey! I agree they’re a great vintage/modern staple. You can’t have too many button-up shirts in any era, right? They’re classic!

  • Super cute, patriotic shirt! I love the contrasting/coordinating fabrics. I do the same thing when hemming any blouse — bias tape is my jam!

    • Thank you! Hehe I like that: “Bias tape is my jam”. I think it’s mine too 😉

  • I love everything about this shirt! The cheerful combination of fabrics, the subtle swiss dot, and the western-style yoke in the back. I’ve been really enjoying seeing all your button-up shirts lately, and i hope you’ve been getting lots of “everyday” wear out of them!

    Love the pics of Lucille too. 🙂 My cat was safely indoors last night, but man did she get riled up by all the fireworks outside, ha!

    • Thanks so much, Carolyn! It’s wonderful how much more enjoyable sewing is when you love wearing what you make. Sounds like an obvious thing to say but I’ve had so many sewing projects in the past that just weren’t like that. So yes, lots of cheerful sewing lately! Glad to hear your kitty was safe inside. If you have to get riled up, that’s probably the best place to do it lol 😉

  • I love the fabric combo, and your shoes are SUPER cute!! I’m actually eligible for the DAR, too, and we’ve got all the research and documentation done somewhere already, but I just never got around to submitting everything.

    • Thank you! I’m surprised how many ladies are commenting and saying they’re D.A.R. eligible. That’s so awesome!!

  • chantel

    Very very Happy! Thank you for sharing your inspiring sewing and precious dog!

  • That shirt is so cute! I love it with those cropped jeans.

  • Love the two fabrics together, they go so well! Great shirt. I love this!

  • Oh my, oh my, I would wear that outfit from head to toe (even the mini flags)! The shirt is exactly to my taste. The print mix, and the dots on the floral. Ahh, so pretty!

    I hope you do apply to become a Daughter of The American Revolution! I am only 3rd Generation on my Father’s side, I need to trace my Mother’s side and see where I came from on that line. :o)

  • rachel

    I have some of that dotted swiss in my own stash. I love what you’ve done with yours! Happy 4th! 😀

  • beautiful shirt – the red ring snaps are perfect ;o)

  • I love the idea of snaps! Super smart!
    My Lulu-dog doesn’t like the fireworks either, she keeps barking at the noise. I hope your Lu isn’t upset tonight.
    We should both get our paper together and apparent to DAR. I’m the same “breed”, American back to the Revolution on both sides. I like to think my family was originally criminals, sent to America to work off their debts 😉
    Happy Fourth! Watch 1776 for a good night in!!!

  • I love your patriotic sewing!! This shirt is just adorable! Happy 4th!!

    • Thanks, Angie! Happy 4th to you too 🙂 Hope it was a great one.