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there was a lesson learned in that netflix marathon, i swear

It’s pretty obvious that I’m on a shirt making kick lately. It’s gone beyond that actually. I’m borderline obsessed with trying to find the perfect shirt pattern for myself, one that I can make over and over again, maybe with some small variations each time, and build a handmade wardrobe with. …But then I got distracted by a tool crafted by Hell beasts with the soul purpose of sucking the creative life out of you – Pinterest.

Pinterest is amazing for about five minutes until you start questioning your every thought because some model with a glamorous, trendy wardrobe wispers “Nooooooo Rochelle… a closet full of button-up shirts is sooo boooorrrrinnnggg… you don’t reeaalllyyy want to seewww thaaattt….” all creepy and condescending like. So I left the evil snare that is Pinterest and turned to Netflix and a bowl of extra buttered popcorn to drown my sewing/style sorrows in a good murder mystery. This sort of thing happens often so Netflix knows my taste preferences well, and they suggested I watch a show called Longmire. Long story short, I watched the first two seasons and had caught up with season three in less than two weeks. IT’S THE BEST SHOW (The season finale?!?! Whaaattttt).


Not only are the characters well developed with an awesome storyline and all that jazz, but it takes place in Wyoming where everyone apparently wears western shirts all day, every day. Seriously, the button-up shirt inspiration in that show alone was enough to restore my faith in sewing. I had this sort of weird epiphany (as I sometimes do) about the types of people in the show and why they wear the things that they wear. You see a lot of utility clothing and personal uniforms, function before fashion and that sort of thing. Emileigh at Flashback Summer wrote a great post about types of wardrobes and she definitely described mine to a T. …probably better than I could actually.

So the lesson I learned through this epic Longmire Netflix marathon is to trust your gut and stay true to what you know you like to wear. So often I’m distracted by the latest sewing pattern release, or someone’s amazingly beautiful dress project, that I forget what kinds of things actually work for me in real life. I see a lot of guilt on sewing blogs when people sew the same project twice or three times and share it. A lot of times the guilt is in jest, a ‘sorry not sorry’ type of thing, but that pressure to make things that are “shiny! new! different! all the time!” undertone still overshadows a lot of bloggers.


Well if I learned anything from Walt Longmire, other than pick up litter and stand up for your friends, it’s wear a damn button-up shirt every day if that’s what you like. Sew a million variations of the exact same project if that’s the project that actually gets worn!

I know, I know, you’re all thinking “Um, duh, Rochelle. Everyone knows this. In fact you wrote about this like eight times already” and you’re right, but the beauty of having a blog is having the power to think out loud and admit when you get lost inside your own head (shaking my fists at you, Pinterest!). Not only did I realize that inspiration can literally come from anywhere, but I got the confirmation that “style” doesn’t always mean “on trend”. Your style is what you make it and if you feel the best in sweatpants and UGG boots then you go for it. If I want to wear a button-up shirt and a bandana everyday then I’m going for it!

So once again, this was just a long winded ramble of mine confirming something that everyone else already knows, but I somehow forgot (along with most of my brain). We’re all back to normal now though πŸ˜‰


Since I’ve now decided I want to master the button-up shirt, I took advantage of the 50% off sale and bought a Craftsy class on the subject. I started watching a little bit of it and I’m learning new things already. I’m really excited to know how to make a shirt like the professionals do. After all, if you’re going to do something you should do it right, right? Right.

How about you? Have you ever found inspiration or learned a life lesson in an unlikely place? How about Longmire? Amazing?! I want to read the books.



  • I love Longmire! Such a great show! I tend to sew a lot of knits because I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of them. Yet I still have a closet full of dresses that are rarely worn. πŸ™‚

  • Love Longmire! I’m working on the current season now all stacked up in my queue πŸ™‚ I say more power to you if button down shirts are your thing. I love modern stylish clothing but I also love vintage styles from the 50s, 60s and 70s so I’m all over the board but I don’t care. I wear and sew what I like. Fashion is such an individual thing and it is what makes us interesting and why I follow so many different sewing blogs like yours. I don’t always have to jump on the latest bandwagon but if I like it and it might work for my body shape then I may go for it. Who knows, you may inspire me to make a button down shirt πŸ™‚

  • I’m also on a button-down shirt kick these days, and I love fiddling around with all the details and professional touches. Your shirts are all awesome! I was inspired by your bias tape hem a few weeks ago and tried it myself, with great results. Keep on making great shirts – I love them!

  • I love Longmire! The seasons are so short and the hiatuses are so long. [sob]

    I know exactly what you mean about inspiration and making myself sew what I will really wear. I see so many things on sewing blogs that make me think, “Oooo,… I’ve gotta make one of those!” But the clothes that I actually wear are all from just about 4 patterns with minor variations.

  • Yeah, girl, you sew what you want!!! The shirts you make are so unique, even if the shapes are somewhat similar. You always find a way to add something special to each one, be it a pairing of prints, cool snaps, a fancy detail, etc. It’s so very “you-ish,” and you pull it off so well!

    P.S. I’m really glad you felt that post described you so accurately!

  • Longmire is AWESOME!! A large majority of the show is actually filmed in New Mexico about an hour from where I live – my dear friend’s husband has worked on the show.

  • Please don’t ever, ever let anyone get you down about your style, dear Rochelle – either literally or figuratively. You are one of the most stylish, creative, charismatic, awesome people I’ve ever had the great pleasure of knowing and anyone who fails to see that in you as well is missing out immeasurably.

    β™₯ Jessica

  • Oh man, just finished off a Longmire binge (THE SEASON FINALE WUUUUUUUUT?????). It’s so easy to get sidetracked from making what you like to wear. For me, sewing is a kind of exploration, so I love trying new things, which is super fun, but sometimes results in things in my wardrobe that don’t get a lot of everyday wear. It’s hard to focus on just making the things I’ll wear every day, but when I do, I’m so happy to have them in my closet. But it can be so hard to find a way to sew practical wardrobe items without getting bored. On the plus side, after making buttondowns for myself, one for my fella, and two back to back Alder dresses, I’m now making another buttondown for my dude and I blazed through most of it in four hours last night. It’s so much easier and quicker once you’ve done something a few times! You’ll be speeding through Longmire-inspired shirts before you know it!

  • I love your shirts. The way you mix patterns is awesome.

  • Lynne Johnson

    Good for you to have discovered what suits you. I love your shirts on you. They are hardly boring with your fabric selections. I admire your attitude in wearing what makes sense for you. And you can check yourself out in your pictures to make sure you look good. So there you go!

  • OMG!!! Thank you. I’m totally out of shows to watch!!!!! I’m thinking of making an Archer this weekend with some liberty poplin I have! My first ever…..

  • I’ve found that sewing has actually helped me to reaffirm my style! Love a good button up shirt!


  • jill

    I’m adding Longmire to my Netflix queue. I don’t even turn my TV on anymore. I just marathon these shows on my laptop. The only downside is that I’ve found it cuts into my sewing time.

  • You had me at Longmire. :o) My pearl snap dress would fit right in with your current mood. It’s basically a loooong pearl snap shirt.

    I clicked over on the Craftsy link, but didn’t purchase the class….yet. I’m trying to figure out if that’s what I really want to delve into right now.


  • Bekki

    Love your Blog. You are too funny and I totally agree with what you said about Pinterest. I got off Facebook for time wasting, Pinterest may be the next to go.

    I watched the first 2 eps of Season 1 of that show and was on the fence but I think you just sold it. I’m going to get it & watch whilst sewing tonight. Going to have a crack at a Colette Negroni for hubby. Regarding Style Vs On trend, that is very true. Pinterest always sending me in the direction of things that do not now, nor will EVER suit me.

    “Pinterest, go to the Naughty Corner for a Time Out”

  • misscrayolacreepy

    I guess I need to check out that show! I need a new Netflix show to get sucked into πŸ™‚

  • I love knowing that other creatives go through the same things I do. I always find inspiration in older movies. They’re my favorite. Right now I’m super inspired by Leslie Caron’s style.

  • Kara

    I just saw the season finale a few days ago, and I almost fainted from the stress! I can’t wait for the next season.
    There is no shame in knowing what you like and what works for you. Sometimes I get tempted by pretty dress patterns, but as a mom I am currently quite happy in my endless parade of Tiny Pocket Tanks!

  • I find that – I am not a dress person. I am more of a button up shirt type! I like the stack of your fabrics. I need to break away from all the plaid. πŸ™‚ So I think that means I am stuck in the 90s. Love you, your blog, and the thoughtful reflection that is so apparent. And as I get older – I care less and less what others are doing, have, or like. I just know me. Have fun.

  • I haven’t seen the show (need to remedy that) but I grew up in Wyoming, and ya, button up shirts are the norm. πŸ˜‰

  • Girl, you’re crackin’ me up.

  • stgilbert

    Phryne Fisher was my sewing epiphany. She definitely has a wardrobe uniform (wide trousers and lovely tops) which really resonated with me. She doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks, which was an important lesson for me to re-remember.

    To thine own self be true!

    Now I have to go check out Longmire…..I love a good mystery. Have you tried Acorn TV? All British shows all the time. Many mysteries, too.

  • You look great in button-up shirts, and yours are in no way dull. I”m glad you’ve realised that it’s important to wear what makes you happy. It is difficult to remember that sometimes…

  • mommylap

    Oh please, if you ever come out with Lucky Lucille t-shirts or buttons, please have one of the slogans be “Wear a damn button-up shirt every day if that’s what you like..”

    • Rochelle

      Haha!! Yeah I should definitely put that on a bumper sticker or something at least.

      • stgilbert

        I’d definitely wear a t-shirt like that!

  • Longmire is just awesome. I absolutely love it. Oh that all men were like Walt! Go with your gut…you look awesome in a button up shirt. And, yours are never boring!

    • Rochelle

      Thank you! And yeah, the world needs more people like Walt.

  • Oh my god!! Longmire is the BEST!!!! And you’re totally right about the season finale. I couldn’t even stand it. And I think your button ups are awesome and you should totally just roll with it.

    • Rochelle

      I know!!!! We bought the season on Amazon and I can’t stop watching it. I’m already speculating about season 4. I can’t freaking wait!! I wonder if the show follows the books…

  • First, yes Pinterest can be used for good, but somehow pulls me into a blackhole of productive death if I don’t limit it’s use.
    Second, I love button up shirts! I started work on filling said gap in my wardrobe last fall until I got pregnant. Now I am looking forward to adding more button up shirts this fall.
    Thirdly, yes totally inspired by something I’ve watched lately with my kids. This is going to sound so weird, but it all started when we checked out Charlotte’s Web with Dakota Fanning from the library. We now own a copy and I want to watch it just for the amazing housedresses, aprons, and cardigans. I think my style inspiration right now is vintage farm wife, lol, and no, I don’t live on a farm.

    • Rochelle

      Aww now I totally want to watch Charlotte’s web! Vintage farm chic sounds super adorable.