In Sewing

flamingos and gingham

Well I committed the ultimate sewing sin and made this shirt almost a full year ago and have yet to blog about it. I know! I’m sorry! My poor excuse is: it was nearing the end of September and the weather was starting to get too cold for short sleeves and Wil and I just never found a good warm day to go out and take photos. As a punishment for my sins against blogging and sewing, the Sewing Gods* decided to give us a really hard time with white balance, focus, brightness, “my face is too green” and just about every other camera malady you can invent.

(*Side note – when I talk about the Sewing Gods, I always picture Tim Gunn as a Titan and in duplicate forms. …not really less intimidating.)

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So, since Wil tried his very best to help me finally get pictorial documentation of this shirt (on two separate days!), and I can’t punish him for my less than camera optimal clash of contrasts (both in colors and prints), I’m just going to stop whining and share my flamingo shirt with you! Now I can finally strike it off my list of things “to blog”.

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Oh, but if I was ambiguous about my feelings for this shirt with my opening statements, allow me to set the record straight. Flamingos and gingham are a winning combo in my book and I’M IN LOVE! Love, love!

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I followed the Simplicity 1538 pattern almost to a T, but decided to use the 1940s sleeves off the New England Day Dress pattern instead. I had started to blog about this shirt forever ago, and in that post there are better close ups of the mini sleeve darts. Too cute!

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The flamingo fabric is by Michael Miller and I received it in a BFF care package from Erin. I think the gingham is from Jo-Ann Fabrics but I can’t remember. …it feels like it’s from Jo-Ann’s haha!

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The pants I’m wearing are an old project, too. They’re the nearly famous Gertie Capri pants that I wasn’t sure if I loved on me or not (which is why I think I only wore them once), but after putting them on a second time I think I need to sew another pair! I remember them being really easy to make and they’re definitely comfortable in a stretch cotton sateen.

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I think the outfit looks great paired with my new snazzy faux leather jacket that I scored on ThredUp. That site is awesome if you have some time to browse the inventory. It’s like an online thrift store for brand name clothing. Good stuff for cheap!

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I’ve wanted a jacket like this since my punk rock days in high school (back when I had a mohawk and a small Brody Dalle shrine inside my locker) and now I finally have one. Annnnnnd yes I do feel as cool as I hoped I would lolololz 😉

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Penny Loafers with a leather jacket? Yep. I did that. It’s now my new favorite look.

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So there it is! A flamingo and gingham shirt a year later. Better late than never I suppose. Hopefully this post has appeased Titan Tim Gunn the Sewing Gods and my sewing Karma has been restored. Onwards!

Do you have any long undocumented sewing projects? Fess up so I don’t feel so guilty 😉

xo
Rochelle