25 October 2006

dotty shirt



Another shirt made with the pattern from the Built By Wendy book. Same pattern as the Liberty shirt. I went a little crazy: long sleeves, pintucks, ruffled collar, lengthened hem.



Since the previous shirt I made from this pattern was a bit loose across the chest (me being a bear of very little bosom), I didn't add any width to accommodate the pintucks. I think this would have worked fine if I hadn't also decided it was necessary to make the back piece narrower as well. Bad logic or fuzzy math, not sure which. But it's a leeeeeetle tight across the shoulders. When you put it on, you can't first put one arm in the shirt, then the other. No, you have to put both arms in, then shimmy the shirt up to your shoulders. I love it. Getting dressed should involve more acrobatics.



I have a new love. Cuffs. They sound difficult but actually aren't. All the raw edges tuck so ingeniously into the body of the cuff. The buttons go sideways. What's not to love? If only I hadn't put the buttons on one of them backwards. Whoopsy. A friend said it could be my trademark, always having both cuffs opening in the same direction. Hmmmmm....

This shirt makes me so happy. I wore it to work today and it made me smile all day long. I've always been fairly indifferent about the clothes I wear. Growing up, clothes seemed to be a reflection not of the person wearing them, but instead of how much money their parents made, or which brand name they had pledged their allegiance to. It always seemed like the clothes were defining the person, and not the other way around.

Now, as I grow older, my sense of self is a little more sure, and not prey to other people's assumptions and expectations. And as I grow as a designer and a crafter, I focus more closely on the textures, patterns, lines, and colors I choose to surround me. So I guess I'm trying to say I love all the little decisions that went into this shirt. I love the soft dotty fabric, the ebayed buttons, the backwards cuff. There's a story behind it, a story I wrote. And I'm proud of that.

11 comments:

erin said...

Great work Julie! I love, love, love the fabric. I picked up some shirting material at mood to make my version of this blouse - I am glad to hear that it is fairly easy...

abbyjane said...

you've got great attention to detail. i like what you said about there being a story that you wrote behind your creation. i feel the same way about soft toys - each one has a story behind it and that is what makes something that is handmade so so so much better than something mass-produced.

hannah said...

wow julie. this is awesome! i am so in awe... love everything about it, the pintucks, the ruffles the fabric. oh my the fabric...

Courtney said...

so cute!! Love the cuffs just as they are...

Pip said...

Yes yes yes. I love the cuff. I dub it your signature. I was thinking about it and a flurry of little signatures came to mind - yes, many are the subtle branding mechanisms of large, mass-producing corporations (Margiela's four-stitches, Gucci's three-band ribbon, Paul Smith's colorful linings), but methinks you should start branding things "JULIEREE" or "Zemo," whichever you prefer.
That way, when someone walks down the street with a cuff that buttons the "wrong" way, another uber-cool, in-the-know person will stop them and say: "Is that a Julieree?? OMG!" :) Well done.

Anonymous said...

Love that shirt! You really did a beautiful job. The cuffs are cute the way they are. I also really love the pintucks and the ruffle collar. Quite impressive!

sally said...

Julie...you are stinkin' amazing. Really! I love this shirt and the the little details. I am a bearer of little bosom as well, so pintucks and ruffles are my friends. =)

African Kelli said...

Seriously cannot believe you made that shirt! Your sewing skills are awesome. And the fact that you can do it yourself and make it your own is so darn cool.

sulu-design said...

Julie, I am SO impressed - both by the gorgeous shirt you made and your new approach to looking at clothing. You constantly amaze me with the beautiful little details you workinto your pieces. The shirt is beautiful, and it looks fabulous on you.

cynic the lamb said...

Wow! You did an amazing job there. The shirt came out beautifully. It looks fantastic!

My Happy Turtle said...

Fantastic shirt! I wish I could sew like that. Someday, perhaps....