A New Kind of Gingham

This is one of those shirts that looked a lot better on me in the fitting room than it did after I got it home. It had some inner pockets that I felt made my hips look big and the large black on white gingham was a little too harsh a print for me. So it sat in my closet taking up space for about two years.

I do that. I hold on to an article of clothing forever because I spent money on it and haven’t really worn it and don’t want to get rid of it. My current goal is to not have a single item in my closet that I don’t wear. If I am not wearing it, I won’t miss it when I screw up on it.

My Inspiration

I had this in the “do something with it pile” for a while. One day, as I was watching Gilmore Girls, I was inspired by something Lane wears. It was a green plaid shirt that looked like the shoulders had been chopped off and lace had been put there. It was without sleeves so I could not copy it exactly, but I don’t have to be able to if it properly inspires me.

The plan Click to Maximize

I bought a quarter yard of black lace on sale for $4.98 and I already had some black cotton and a box of green dye that I got on sale for $1.25 months earlier.

Click to Maximized

After dying the shirt Green, I got to work with the seem ripper. I took out the side pockets, the waist tie, and took off the collar then sewed the seems closed again. I carefully removed the sleeves. I needed to keep the sleeve in tact as I wanted to use them as a pattern when cutting the replacement sleeves.

Carefully following the outline of the shoulders, I cut the black lace and sewed it onto the shoulders.

The sleeves were the hardest part to get right. I used the sleeves I removed as a pattern and backed the lace with black cotton. I did 7 sessions of pinning, trying on and re-pinning and one session of sewing it trying it on and pulling it out again before I got it how I wanted it.

I have been very pleased with the results. The green really softened the whole thing and the lace gave it a completely different style. I love this piece now.

More on Sewing.  More On Color.  More Sewing Projects.  More Color Projects.

Final Product

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5 Responses to A New Kind of Gingham

  1. Maureen Fedail says:

    Very cute!

  2. Marie Black says:

    You are very very talented!! I love it!

  3. Tanya says:

    I love this too so cute!!

  4. Beth says:

    Natalie, this is positively inspiring. It’s darling!

  5. Suzanne Tatro says:

    I like how you explained what you did step by step. And the extrea picturs helped a lot. Great job!

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