Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tangerine Dream


I wrote a couple of months ago about the mother of one of my daughters friends and her beautiful pink shirt that brightened up a dull winter day.  Ever since, I have had this fixation about bright shirts.  I tend towards dull colours in skirts and pants so a bright shirt provides the perfect antidote to my sometimes dull work clothes.  When I visited the end of winter fabric sale at Cotura Fashions, this fabric just about jumped off the shelf at me.  It is a lovely crushed georgette with the most stunning mottled orange, black, yellow, beige and pink design.  It is a lovely weight and I knew the moment I saw it that it would be a dream to sew.  I wasn't wrong.



Once again my pattern of choice was New Look 6050 because of its gentle shaping and v neck collar detail.  Like the last version I chose to lengthen the sleeve and add cuffs and a placket, something that would have scared the heck out of me a while back.  Phssh....they don't bother me now!  I can whip one of these things out in no time which is probably why so many shirts are suddenly appearing in my wardrobe.  That, and the dire need of air conditioning friendly office attire, given my last job was from home.  




My sewing efforts these days seem to be broken into one hour slots and I try to slot in an hour each day.  I say try, because sometimes it just doesn't work out but doing this I can produce an item a week. This shirt was made from go to whoa in about three days because it was such a dream to sew.  The only problem I did have with the fabric was because of the crushed nature of the fabric, I couldn't really iron it.  This has mean't my back pleat sits stubbornly crooked.  I am loathe to touch it with the iron though, so I will just have to live with it!  Fortunately when I am wearing it, I can't see it anyway.




18 comments:

  1. Love the shirt! I try to add brighter colours too to keep everything from looking dull

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    1. Thank you! I am not a fan if dull colours and know since having my colours done as a teenager, that they are not a fan if me either.

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  2. Gorgeous fabric and great color on you. Your shirt looks perfect, back pleat and all ... because no one's going to notice it the way you do. :-) It certainly looks fine in your pic.

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    1. Thank you! I think I am sometimes too picky with my sewing. I may get brave yet and carefully iron it.

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  3. This is a very lovely blouse! A wonderful addition to your wardrobe!

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    1. Thank you! I am sure it will get worn a lot.

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  4. Bright colours certainly cheer up the day! Love the shirt - great sewing ... J

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  5. That looks fabulous!! I love bright colours and that fabric appeals to me sooo much. It looks wonderful on you. Cheers, Karen

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by!

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  6. What a lovely fun shirt, so pretty. You've done such a great job with the construction on what isn't an easy fabric to sew. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you. Beautiful fabric certainly helps!

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  7. Your blouse looks great! so cheerful and bright.

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    1. Thank you! I seem to be drawn to bright and cheerful.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm honoured...you make such lovely things including this blouse.

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    1. Thank you Gail! I am enjoying the progress on your formal dress.

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  9. This is a great looking shirt - love the colours, and it looks terrific on you. With a pattern that works so well, no wonder you've made a few! BTW no one is going to notice any problem in the pleats either :), the back of the shirt looks absolutely fine.

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle. Fortunately the wrinkly nature of the fabric is quite forgiving.

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