Pink is the New Black!

This  Pretty in Pink Gingham Check Cotton Shirting caught my eye and my love of classics kicked in.

IMG_0009As much as I love sewing specialty garments, I wholeheartedly believe the key to sewing a successful wardrobe is constructing pieces one will wear over and over again, which begins with the classics. Classic garments are designed to flatter everyone when properly fitted, and of course that’s one of my chief reasons for sewing.

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During my heavy duty Ready To Wear days, I was convinced that I could not wear button down shirts, but I was wrong.

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Not only can I wear a button down shirt, but I LOVE wearing these classic garments. The concept of ‘classic clothing’ is sometimes  misunderstood and translated into uninteresting basics. Not true!


However, I believe after perfecting the fit, it’s important to make the garment work for you.

From my stash I pulled Butterick 5526, a pattern I’ve sewn before, but this time I customized the pattern for a better fit and enhanced visual interest. It’s an easy pattern with no bust darts and a relaxed fit.

ButterickBias cut checks are fun to work with, but my pattern did not have a separate front band. After removing the foldover band from the bodice front pattern piece, I created a separate band which I placed on the bias, along with the cuffs. I love the result.


I added back darts to the shirt to eliminate slack and bulkiness. As you can tell in the photo below, the shirt still has a relaxed fit,


but tucks in nicely 2This beautiful shirting features a very nice smooth finish which remained after the prewash. Although the pattern suggests fusible interfacing, one of  my favorite cotton RTW shirts uses a light-midweight non fusible interfacing. The shirt is several years old and still looks brand new due to the collar retaining its shape. I used the non-fusible interfacing in the collar and  front band, but wish I had used it on all of the interfaced pieces ….. for now it will be my preferred choice on cotton shirting.

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As always, I used Secura Thread for sewing on the buttons. This heat activated thread by Coats & Clark binds to itself, prevents button loss and is available in six colors.

While the gingham is  perfect with summer whites, I’m loving the pattern mixing out there this season and had several pieces just waiting for this classic to come along.

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  1. White RTW Jeans
  2. Fabric Sample
  3. Simplicity Amazing Fit Skirt Pattern
  4. Lilly Pulitzer skort. I bought this last summer…. one of the temptations that put me back on the 2018 RTW Fast
  5. Old RTW Jeans
  6. Patchwork skirt I made during year 1 with Amy Butler Fat Quarters

I’m delighted to have rediscovered Pink is the new Black!

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