Fleamarket fancy


Sharing my latest make, hot off the sewing machine! I found this fabric in the fleamarket a few months ago and thought it would be perfect for a shirt. It is a green cotton with a black and white embroidered grid detail. I used the Classic Shirt pattern from the Modern Sewing Company. This is my second make from that pattern (see my last post for my first version).




I really enjoyed playing around with the pattern placement on the fabric to decide where I wanted the stripe detailing to sit, and I'm really happy with how it looks on the collar and the continuation across the front onto the arms.


Sewing the sleeve plackets was a nice adventure and I had not done anything like that in a while so it was a good challenge. The instructions advise you to interface the whole placket piece, next time I will just interface the 'middle' part and not the whole piece as I think it is a bit bulky.


On the front button stand I used green buttons (which came from my neighbour's secret attic button stash - no joke - I found out he has a lifetime's supply of buttons and thread in the attic, which have unfortunately since been given away to a friend of his, but I did get to stock up a bit first before the boxes were taken away!). I didn't have enough of the green buttons so I used white ones on the cuffs.


I like that it feels oversized and comfy but it still feels like it fits me. As you can see in the pictures, it looks quite different whether tucked in or out. Can't wait to wear it out and about!







Bonus shot of the burrito method mid-construction! IMG_4766


A classic shirt to cleanse the sewing palate


I didn’t get round to posting about sewing in 2022, and now it's 2023! It's hard to believe that it will soon be a decade since I started this little blog and that I've been feeding my corner of the internet with posts read mostly by my Mum ever since. Blogging is pretty retro these days, and it's easy to be nostalgic for the early days of the 'blogosphere' and lament the way social media killed it off, but nothing stays the same forever! It makes me happy to look back at the early posts on my blog and see how excited younger me was about sewing and writing about it. It's nice to have an archive of sewing projects that remind you both of the project itself as well as what was happening in your life at that time, both good and bad.

But, regardons vers l'avenir ! It's time to catch up on some recent projects, starting with this shirt I made at the end of 2022. I recently discovered the Modern Sewing Company and I was immediately drawn to their patterns, in particular the Classic Shirt pattern as I had been in the market for a new shirt pattern for a while. 10 years ago if you were sewing and active on the internet then you probably knew all the main indie pattern companies. Nowadays I’m always discovering an endless amount of new (to me) companies and I think it would be impossible to sew your way through everything on offer! It’s amazing to see how the home sewing industry has grown over the last decade. 


And the Classic Shirt pattern didn’t disappoint! I made a cropped version with short sleeves to test out the fit and I love wearing it so much, looking forward to warmer days to get more wear out of it.

The grey fabric is the last of some fabric I’ve used a lot over the years, and the sleeves, back, and collar are cut from a piece of fabric that I think was a small table cloth or tea towel, found in the fleamarket. I love the way the two fabrics look together, and eeking out the pattern pieces from these fabric scraps was a nice challenge.

I’ve made several shirts before, both from patterns I've bought and some self-drafted attempts, but it was really nice to just start from scratch and follow the well-written instructions for a new pattern. The fit is really great and I can’t wait to make more versions.