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Jun 30, 2016

Sewing On the Wrong Side: My Reverse-Print Tractor Shirt!



Readers, did you know this was even a thing?

Apparently Aloha shirts -- also known as Hawaiian shirts -- are often made with the printed side (what we sewers call the right side) on the inside.  More muted in appearance, they are often worn for business wear.  (You can read more about reverse-print Aloha shirts here).

I was only familiar with them because Michael, whose family lived in Hawaii for a few years when he was in elementary school, owned a reverse-print Aloha shirt, and he only recently gave it away.  Alas, I never thought to photograph it.

Here's a pic of one I found on Etsy:

Outside

Inside

Now let's get back to tractor prints.  I had found this vibrant tractor-print quilting cotton at Fabrics For Less a few weeks ago for just $1.99 a yard.   I loved the kitschy quality of the print but, if truth be told, I didn't think the colors really suited me -- forget the subject matter.  All that gold, rust, and mossy green were better suited to an autumn, Color Me Beautiful-wise.  (I'm a summer.)





But then I noticed that the wrong side of the fabric looked completely different: it had a vintage-y, faded look with lots of pink and gray, colors that flatter me.  Notice how, in the photo below, the right side of the fabric (on the left) makes me look ruddy, while the wrong side makes me look tan with healthy pink tones.  Could I actually make a shirt with the wrong side out?



That's just what I did!



I was going to make a convertible collar shirt using vintage McCalls 3995, but then at the last minute decided this would look nicer with a standard collar and collar stand.  I used red gingham for the inside collar stand and I think the combo really works well both aesthetically and thematically.



The shirt came together quickly and without a hitch.  And I love it: it's preppy with a twist and right up my alley or, in this case, cow path.

Thank you, Kelli, for the perfect sea-green vintage plastic buttons!

Coincidentally, this shirt looks great with the gray linen shorts I just posted the other day as well as my pale raspberry pants from last summer.



The colors of this shirt actually remind me of one of those faded medieval tapestries.  Do you know what I mean?











Now just between you and me, I happen to know that Queen of the quilting cotton dress, Dolly Clacket, purchased the same tractor-print fabric on her recent visit to NYC.  Let's see which side of the tractor print she uses.

Have you ever sewn with the wrong side out?

Have a great day, everybody!

Jun 28, 2016

New Summer Separates: Geometric Print Shirt + Linen Shorts!



Isn't that the coolest print shirting you've ever seen?

Readers, you can see me modeling my new summer outfit right this very minute by simply clicking here!

Jun 24, 2016

Final Project for Draping Class: THE BIG REVEAL



I'm done with my final class project!

Jun 17, 2016

Beginning of the End: Draping Class Week 4 (of 5)



Readers, it's hard to believe it but I have only one more week (and a day) of draping class!

Jun 13, 2016

Draping Class -- What I Learned in Week 3



Three weeks down, two weeks (and a day) to go!

Jun 9, 2016

Wouldn't You Have Bought This Fabric Too?



Readers, I was fabric shopping earlier in the week with an old friend -- more about her in a bit -- when I saw this sign at Fabrics For Less on 39th St. (now combined with Chic Fabrics).  Behind it was a cute vintage tractor-print -- quilting cotton really -- for just $1.99 a yard.  It took a few days for me to make up my mind, but I was back there this morning and grabbed, alas, the last four yards.

Jun 6, 2016

MPB DAY 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!



Wait! Wasn't it August just, like, a month ago?

Seems that way, but my calendar tells me that it's already time to announce our Sixth Annual MPB Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 13th, 2016!

Jun 3, 2016

Draping Round-Up: WEEK 2!



Readers, I'm two weeks into my five week draping class and wow, are we moving along!

Jun 1, 2016

NAME THAT PATTERN -- Finally It's June Edition!



June is here at last -- a glorious sun-shiny day here in NYC -- and it's time to play!

May 27, 2016

Draping Class -- Week 1 Wrap-up!



Yesterday I completed the first week of my intensive Draping I class (4 nights a week for 5 weeks) at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  It was thrilling -- and intense.

May 26, 2016

The Crop Top for Men (and Women) -- YEA or NAY?



Readers, it has come to this.

May 24, 2016

Sewing With Stripes -- Do You Do It?



My draping class started last night and so far, so good.

May 20, 2016

Mom Models the Eyelet Birthday Blouse!



Readers, my mom, Sonia, is modeling once again and, yes, I did dress her up in oversized sunglasses and hat she would never have worn herself -- stylist's prerogative.

You can see the results of our photo shoot here.

May 19, 2016

A Very Special Embroidered Eyelet Project



There are so many things you can make with embroidered eyelet, even a chihuahua fascinator!

Seriously, I've decided what to sew next and it's not zebra-print pants.  Instead, I'm making someone in my household an embroidered eyelet blouse.

May 17, 2016

What to Sew Next or "Would You Wear Zebra-Print Pants?"



Readers, would you wear zebra-print pants?
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