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Serious, Silly Sewing

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a preview of this sewing project already, and you will know that it manifested by accident as I was elbow deep in a sewing room overhaul. The problem with overhauling your sewing room is you often rediscover hidden gems that have been tucked away for a long while. Okay, that sounds more like Christmas than a problem, the problem is actually when you rediscover those things and then immediately drop the cleaning and start the sewing.


Let’s back up to the beginning of the weekend (before I tore half my house apart), on my last trip to Joann’s, when I was browsing for possible patterns to help me make my Fall For Cotton shirt. The one I walked out with isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but for a fraction of its original price (on sale for $1.99!), it was good enough for me to play around with. Sometimes these trips make me feel guilty for the patterns I forgot were in my stash already, which is where the guilt cleaning entered my weekend…

As I was cleaning, I was going back and forth between which fabric to use for a test fit when I rediscovered this amazing Flamingo print gifted to me by my BSF (Blog-y, Sew-y Friend), Erin. I hadn’t forgotten about it, I was just waiting for the exact right project to come along. It wasn’t until I had chucked all of my fabrics off their shelves and onto the floor when I found the gingham “Ah ha!” fabric (that I definitely forgot I had) that inspired the magic that ensued shortly after.


When I say magic, I actually mean ridiculousness in the best possible sense. I sat on the floor of my sewing space, surrounded by craft chaos, and thought to myself “…Flamingos and gingham? Do I dare?”.
Spoiler Alert: Yes I do!


Sometimes you just need to set the “serious” sewing aside for a minute and make something wild and fun. Most of my sewing now-a-days revolves around WWII reenactments, but I’ve always loved non-40’s novelty prints and bright colors too. I did add some 1940’s sleeves to this shirt though, I couldn’t help it.



I’m only sharing little snippets of this shirt right now because it’s not finished yet, but I’m having so much fun making it! So much fun, in fact, that I may, or may not, have managed to sew one of the sleeves on inside out and I didn’t even get mad about it! I mean, some amateur broke into my house and sewed it on inside out. That, or the sewing faeries are up to no good again. …or maybe I did it. Whatever. It’s fixed now.

I think everyone needs to take a break from real wardrobe sewing, work sewing, sewing competitions, or any kind of “serious” sewing, and just make something seriously silly once in a while. Because come on, life is too short to not have a shirt that looks like you stole it from a waitress at a Rockabilly Tiki bar.

How about you, do you do more “serious” sewing or more “silly” sewing?



— Oh, back to serious sewing for a second though, Colette Patterns is currently second place in the Martha Stewart American Made competition but I want them to win! If it wasn’t for Colette patterns, I wouldn’t even be a sewing blogger and that’s the truth. So please vote! You can vote 6 times in a row, every day, until the 22nd. Come on, Sewing Community! Let’s make this happen.

Also in serious sewing news, Christine Haynes released a new sewing pattern: The Emery Dress. It’s beautiful! —




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  • Ok, I am madly in love with this! Someone needs to make me some button ups!

  • Oh my! I love the gingham and flamingos!! It’s seriously silly, and simply has to be done! Good luck with the rest of it. πŸ™‚

  • Yes, yes, YES!!!! Pink flamingos + gingham may be the best idea you’ve ever had, and that’s saying something πŸ™‚

    Love it!!!!

  • Hooray for silly sewing! The blessing of children has allowed m to indulge a little more with crazy prints and colors, and made me try more bold and wild things for myself as well. I would wear that shirt, and why not? It’s crazy awesome!

  • TOTALLY there with you! That’s why I made that Peacock coat, it was a break from the “serious” stuff : ) And my regular machine went to a theater to help out so all I had was my overlock… You’ve got me thinking about gingham now, too bad all the gingham I have is a cotton/poly blend and I can’t use it in the cotton sew along.

  • misscrayolacreepy

    The BSF approves!!!!

  • This is going to turn heads! HA! I never think to combine prints. I don’t have a good eye for it. In this instance, I think it’s going to work and be a truly one of a kind blouse.

  • This shirt is so much fun! I know you saw my 40’s aeroplane print blouse yesterday… and I had the same fun feelings while sewing it up. I even completely messed up my button placket. I giggled at my rookie mistake and happily moved on.

    YAY for fun sewing! Shouldn’t all sewing be such fun?!

  • This is going to be adorable! Silly sewing now and then is one of the joys of making your own clothes!

  • Please please please wear this shirt to go bowling and make all my rockabilly dreams come true!! I agree – fun/silly projects are a MUST every once in awhile!! Thanks for reminding me – and your shirt is gonna rule!

    • Yes!!! And I’m thinking pairing the blouse with some candy red capris, too.

  • flamingos and gingham are made for each other!

  • This is going to be amazing! Love the flamingos, and they look awesome with the gingham!

  • I absolutely love the flamingo print and with the gingham – fabulous!! I cant wait to see it finished.

  • Awww, that snap of Lucille asleep on the pile of scraps is so darn cute I just about fell off the bed. And speaking of adorable thing, that’s exactly what this flamingo + gingham shirt is as well. So fun, carefree and fabulously creative!

    β™₯ Jessica

  • Ooh, I can’t wait! I’m a sucker for a good crazy novelty print, though I don’t sew with them as often as I should. The one I currently have waiting to be made up is a grey rayon with circus and fairground themed print in bright reds and pinks- big-tops, ferris wheels, performing seals, balloons etc. I plan on making a nice ’40s blouse with it, or possibly pairing it with a solid red to make a dress. Or maybe coordinating separates. Hmmm.

  • Looks like it’s going to be a fabulous shirt! Cant wait to see the finished item πŸ˜€

  • Awesome! Although I have to admit that this might count as serious sewing in my crazy print-loving book… I tend to make my own fancy dress costumes and have loads of fun with those. I’m talking fleece onesies here!

  • Love it!, as a 57 year old who has been wearing a flamingo dress this summer I am all for a bit of fun.

  • πŸ™‚ thanks for the shout out lady! can’t wait to see this creation!

  • I can’t wait to see the finished product! You are so cruel just posting snippets.:-P

  • I agree with you about doing something silly every now and again… or at least stop pushing yourself with deadlines! I’ve recently finished a dress that I allowed myself to sew at my own speed, and I enjoyed it so much more, and the finish is so much nicer than the two I had to sew to a deadline!

  • I cannot wait to see this shirt fully complete in all it’s flamingo/gingham glory!!

  • The flamingos/gingham looks great! Especially the sleeve detail. I go back and forth from either completely serious solids (which I love) to insanely silly and bizarre-oddly enough I have a lot of both in my wardrobe, which is probably why I can never come up with a cohesive personal style.

  • That is seriously awesome. I would never have believed it, but that combination works!

  • I think it’s going to be fantastic! I think when we get to a certain age if we love it then that;s all that matters lol!

  • I love the blouse (or at least, what I can see of it)! I love all the novelty prints available even if I don’t use them that often. I usually sew more serious projects than silly ones, although I will admit that I did just sew a pair of shorts that I have NO idea if I’ll ever wear, but they’re fun and cute. Does that count?

  • I love the flamingo-gingham combo! So fun! I tend to be a serious sewer. I’m slowly getting out of my solid color rut. I recently made a apron using hot pink fabric and fabric with vintage aprons on it.

  • stgilbert

    So fun and so cute!!!