21 March 2007

poofy shirt



Simplicity 3887. This pattern is suh-weet. Amy made one. Mary made one. I made mine with a crazy Amy Butler print on the collar. I think this is my favorite way to use Amy Butler prints. A little Amy Butler goes a long way, is my thinking. I'm not so sure about these elastic-gathered sleeves. It's a little...ummm...poofy. I'm hoping when I wash it the gray cotton will relax a little. [no, i do not pre-wash my fabrics. I definitely should. One day it's going to bite me in the ass. Once that happens, I will probably begin pre-washing. Or once I get a washer/dryer in the house. Whichever comes first.]



Tonight a friend and I went to a talk given by a group of NYC photobloggers. Sartorialist was there looking extremely dapper. Also a couple new-to-me bloggers. Raul Gutierrez's photography is breathtaking. Matthew Powell of MDPNY gave a really inspiring presentation about his photography. He takes candid street shots mostly around Times Square and he talked about how he first began photographing the area as a way to overcome his dislike for all the noise and bustle, which I definitely sympathize with. He captures some amazing moments, from the intimate to the absurd. I love how his photography feels so alive with people. Really really great.

And now I feel all inspired to continue with the project I started last fall in which I was going to use my camera to get chummy with NYC. You know, that project that petered out after one installment. sigh. It got cold? That is a lame excuse. But it will, at least in theory, be getting warm in NYC sometime soon, so I am resolving to recommence with the getting chummy. Wait for it.

Thanks for all the nice comments about the book cover, yall know how to make a girl feel all warm inside. Wishing you equal warmth, both literally and figuratively. Oh and happy spring equinox!

37 comments:

Alicia A. said...

Julie- you have a great sense of design with these clothes you've been making. I've loved every single one!

Alison said...

Ditto what alicia said! Plus I'm thinking this top would be especially good for a girl who wanted to hide a bit of tummy. (See, I have this, uh, friend... yeah.)

Mrs. Fabrice Penot said...

that shirt is KILLER!

Courtney said...

That is really fab. I totally agree about the Amy Butler thing, and this is just perfect. That may be a good post-baby garment for me, but man, that's a lot of gathering. Is that part hard (says a non-garment sewer)?

sally said...

I love the fabric combination! This top is TOO cute. Love the poofy sleeves. I'm with you on the AB-less-is-more thing.

Can't wait to see more Julieree NYC photographs.

melissa f. said...

all of this post's content = good

angela said...

I agree with Alicia. I only just recently discovered your blog and have been inspired by the clothes you have made. After seeing the great button down shirts you have made, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sew U in the mail.

kay susan said...

Love the shirt, you did a good job!

Jess (fushmush) said...

very cute! The trim is perfect and really sets off the top :D

kate said...

Beautiful color combination! Great job, I like the band on the bottom. I love that pattern, I just made that from seeing Amy and Mary too.

Sandrine (alias Didine ♥ ) said...

Coucou !!! Pleins de gros bisous à toi jolie julie ! J'aime beacoup ta blouse elle est magnifique ! Je pense à toi ! Sandrine

UNIFORM Studio said...

love it. the color combination is great, and I LIKE the puffy sleeves!

OldRound said...

Puffy sleeves don't look puffy on you. Look perfect. Love your fabric choices.

sulu-design said...

Perfect color combo and use of Amy Butler fabric! And you can carry off the puffy thing. It looks great on!

molly said...

i really like the idea of using two different fabrics for this pattern. i made it for myself in a larger size (for maternity) and i just love it-- despite a little difficulty with some gathering. your shirt looks great, though! beauuutiful!

hannah said...

ok, so sending you a yard of fabric in hopes that one of these shows up on my doorstep later! ;)

love the puffy sleeves and the band at the bottom. so good julie! and yes, please more NYC, my midwestern roots are obsessed with big cities.

amisha said...

i love this fabric combination! you are amazingly productive, chica. this is so cute and springy.
and thanks for the nyc photoblog links... looking forward to exploring more, and seeing more of your project!

ginny said...

its hard to be original after so many others have said what i think... beautiful shirt!!! i bout this pattern a few months ago to give me something to look forward to in my post maternity wardrobe. i just love your blog julie! so inspiring.. keep up the good work!

Jen said...

Oh, I adore that Amy Butler print, but agree that you've got just the right amount of it in use here.

Hope it all softens up just the way you like it in the wash.

Oiyi said...

Love the puffy sleeves! It's not too poofy. Great shirt.

erin said...

i think it'a all been said: great fabrics, sleeves not too puffy, more nyc please.

i just bought that amy butler print yesterday...i love the way you used it.

pip said...

yes yes. nice shirt. i want to see more quirky details, though. you know, those fortuitous accidents. the julieree signatures.

oh - and you're missing out on the nyc-exploration thing by not coming to Jack Spade this evening - i mean, an art opening in SoHo? we could've had Kati Roll again. oh well... another time.

good day. goooood day.

emily said...

the first thing i thought of when i read the title was Senfield, but your poofy shirt definitely doesn't make you look like a pirate! ;) Quite the opposite! I love the little bit of bright Amy Butler fabric. It's just right.

I've been lurking for a while, but love reading your blog. Talk with you again!!

Alicia P. said...

Oh! I love it!

And I love the idea of delving into something to hopefully change one's mind about it. I hadn't thought about it that way before. Perhaps it's time for me to re-discover cleaning. Attitude adjustment.

Mary said...

oh, the shirt looks fantastic! love the fabric choices.

Nichola said...

CUTE! I love the grey/red Amy combo, nice!

Amy said...

Thanks for the photo links - that would have been an interesting meeting. I do love his photos of people - very interesting and something I never have the guts to do -- photograph strangers, that is.

View on Amy Butler fabric echoed here. But Kaffe fabric which is equally busy looks best to me all together in a big jumbled heap. Why is that? Hmmmm.

Lovely shirt, of course. Sleeves do not look that puffy on you.

molly said...

somehow the other molly who comments on your blog is getting confused with me, I think...today I got a response from you, though i hadn't posted yet. But she's preggers, too, so I can see how easy it would be to get confused!

I love the poofy shirts. These shirts are getting me really excited to sew for a non-pregnant belly this summer. There's nothing I hate more than my summer wardrobe full of boring one-colored tees. These are making me believe I might actually like wearing short-sleeves again.

shari said...

hi julie.
i'll echo all of the comments above. i love your style. your new shirt is seriously cute. :) i enjoyed the nyc photo links too. thanks! shari

jenny said...

that color combination is awesome. looks cute on you. i agree that big bright amy butler prints should be used, but sparingly. lucky you getting to see the sartorialist speak!

Connie said...

wow, yeah, what a great pattern, i love your use of color

Kristin said...

I think it is fabulous!

Danielle said...

This is the shirt I've been wanting to make for so long. It looks really great. Thanks for including the pattern number. Sometimes it's so hard for me to translate the photo on the front of the pattern with what I want to make. Great!

Carol said...

oh! i made that shirt, but with long sleeves. I really love the short sleeved version MUCH more- the long sleeves are just really billowy and makes me feel like I am wearing a choir robe.

very cool to see someone else using the same pattern.

Vanessa said...

oh this is so cute!! i've been looking for a similar pattern and i think i finally found the winner. :)

Knitterella said...

That top is fab! Thanks for the pattern info - I've seen the pattern before and passed it by, but now seeing it in your style it looks great.

It's now on my to sew list!
Jill

liz said...

ok - i realize this is an old post, but i just followed the links on the reviews of the simplicity pattern 3887. just have to say that your version is definitely my favorite.