Long Sleeves Make A Comeback

I keep waiting for my shirt sewing fixation to abate, but rather than wane, my enthusiasm is continues to wax.

Making shirts is so much fun...they are small enough that they are not huge projects and attending to details is fun rather than frustrating. This one, another pattern from Brensan Studios, is extremely versatile. I make mine without the optional princess seams. This shirt is made from quilting cotton designed by Alison Glass. The fabric will wrinkle, but it's eminently useable. I prefer rayon, but suitable prints (unless you love abstract florals) are hard to come by. I am quite happy with the results and it will, go with a lot of my t-shirts when I use it as an overshirt rather than wearing it on its own as I will in warmer weather.


I have found another reason to,love my Janome 8900...their fool proof buttonholer! I love it. Another sewing room fear myth has been busted!


Next up? More shirts and a pair of flannel PJ's to welcome the cool Fall nights with.

The buttons come from a great on-line shop in Germany, Buttons Boutique. I ordered less from here than I wanted thinking that an order from Germany might take some time to arrive. Therefore I also ordered some buttons from a place in the USA, Pacific Trimmings (which is actually in NYC) at the same time (July 25). As it turns out, the German order arrived within a week and I am still waiting in the USA order ....how in the heck does that work? Erhhhhhh....or not work that is! You can guess where I will order my buttons from! Button Boutique offers an amazing selection of unique (as well as 'usual') buttons. I do recommend them! Selection and fast shipping! What a concept!




  1. i like that latest shirt. i love yellow! i like the classic style of the camp shirt, mostly without sleeves most of the year.Now you have inspired me to start on some drawstring pants, long and short. day and night . a great way to use the up the cottons,well washed and not used in quilts,ever. About the only use of commercial cottons are for me making pillow inserts. Love your button finds, too.

  2. you have bitten us all with 'clothing'.


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