Hello dear friends,
I’m back today to chat about white shirts. Yes, white shirts, which at first seem so boring. However, with their wide range of styles, they are anything but and can open up many a new style adventure. A few months ago, I published the Baker’s Dozen of Closet Necessities. First on that list was, yes, the white shirt.
Over the years, I’ve had more than my share of white shirts; bought a few and made a few. This last one I stitched up is just an eye-catcher and will be on my “wear a lot” list for quite a while. So far, I’ve worn it to artsy events but can’t wait to try it out with some jeans for something a little more casual. It’s easily a three-season worker so there will be plenty of chances to experiment.
First of all, I think this particular shirt is a hybrid between a shirt and a swing jacket. It definitely has to be worn “as is”, no adding a belt, vest etc. Not much is needed with a piece like this because it’s a statement all its own and that is what drew me to this pattern; just an easy piece to throw on, go and look fabulous.
I finished this piece sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. By the time I finally decided what to do with my pattern (it always takes me a very long time to make these decisions), the thing had been discontinued! Once upon a time, Vogue Patterns carried Vogue 9089 by Marcy Tilton. I probably bought this pattern in 2015 but now you can’t find it anywhere. It’s a shame because it’s quite a shirt and a classic design (IMO) that could have been worn in 2015 and still wearable in 2025!
The pattern line art gives you a chance to see the lines and details this shirt has. I made View A with View B’s sleeves. I wanted every detail I could get. The collar has a pin tuck to set it off and I definitely wanted that notch in the turn up cuffs. The extra panel in the back adds a real swing to the thing!
The fabric is a white on white pinstriped cotton by Rag and Bone purchased almost two years ago from Mood Fabrics in New York. Mood Fabric has quite a bit of designer deadstock. For me, it makes a project a little more special if I use some fabric that someone like Calvin Klein or Carolina Herrera has used. It’s not necessary but I have to admit that I get just a little excited putting it in my shopping cart!
Have you ever watched Project Runway? Mood Fabrics is where the designers all run madly around for a few minutes picking the fabrics for their designs. I don’t madly run around, I just order mine online in peace of my living room.
The look today is all black and white (with a bit of gold and blue), which is a timeless classic.
Everything but my shoes (Marc Fisher) is homegrown. I made my stretch bamboo pants a couple of years ago. My hat with the gold tassel is by KC hat designer Amina Marie Millinery.
As far as jewelry, it’s the same thing. The large blue ring is Cheryl Eve Acosta; pendent by Gorgina Hererra and bangle by Jennifer of Janesko. I guess after hanging out with these ladies for a few years, I have managed to add a few of their pieces to my collection and end up wearing them quite a bit.
I decided to double up here and add my newest knitting work because it goes perfectly with this whole look I have going today. It’s all black and a highly textured Rows of Many Colors shawl that I just finished. I know, there isn’t any color in this particular piece, but usually there is.
I developed this technique about a dozen years ago, to help alleviate the rather large pile of yarn that I was collecting (didn’t work). I’m not going to elaborate about the “Rows of Many Colors” technique, because I’ve done a full blog post about it HERE.
The First Time
My shirt made its first debut in Joplin at an art gallery where daughter Rachelle was showing some of her drawings. Style wise, I changed a few things here, mainly adding my crazy conspicuous pearl bowed tapestry slides by John Madden. They take up so much visual space; I have to be careful with what I pick to accompany them.
What kind of Mom would I be if I didn’t show off my Hummingbird earrings? I’d been after daughter Rachelle for a while to create some lace earrings for me and she did these for my last birthday. She designed Hummingbirds and it’s to bad we couldn’t show both earrings because each bird is doing something different. I thought they were a perfect with the flowers on my slides.
Finally, a word about my hair for that night… this is Jon Renau’s “Heat” in Palm Springs Blond. Sometimes it’s just fun to go blond and I’m all about the hair adventure!
A close up of those pearl bows.
Do you ever go with the classic black and white look? There are probably some who just love color so much they would never cross over to the B/W side. It seems I’m the opposite. I love my black and white and like adding a bit of color for a little contrast. Are you yea, nay or just in the middle?
A Bit of Sewing-My Heart Sings for French Seams
I love French Seams. Nothing makes a garment more finished (unless lined) than a French Seam. Sewn in a two part process, they are easy and gives your garment professionally finished look. I don’t have a good way to do videos found a good instructional one on YouTube by Jeniffer of Work Room Social.
I’ve reached the end of my story today. That’s what I’ve been up to: sewing, knitting, going to art shows, teaching a bit and a little bit of Instagram and just trying to be creative in general.
Take care, everyone and until next time…stay creative.
I would be remiss if I didn’t list my friends’ online sites for their art: