Friday, July 17, 2020

Camp Shirt # 3 - Sleevless version!

I couldn’t stop at 2!! This time I used up some more of my lovely Liberty tana lawn and made a sleeveless version. I am always a glass half full person, so my 'silver lining' to the pandemic is that I have more time to sew. And not just to sew but to slow down and think about sewing and exploring ideas more fully. I am very lucky to still be working full time and have been fairly busy with work. However, not getting on an airplane every week has given much more leisure time. Especially since I am still being very careful with socializing. Enough on that and more on this great new shirt!!

I made no fit changes from shirt number 2

Change back pleat to gathers.


Design changes

-     Left off the sleeves

-     Changed the back pleat to gathers

-     Color blocked the back panel

-     I added a front chest pocket. A pocket that I won’t really use but wanted to play with the option.

Single chest pocket


-     Yellow and Pink Liberty lawn purchased front the Liberty of London store when I visited there December of 2018.

-     The bias armhole facings were made from 1 ½ inch wide bias cut strips from a white cotton batiste.


-     The Sewing Workshop Japanese Ultra sheer fusible.

-     I interfaced the front facings and BOTH upper and under collar pieces.

-     I did NOT use the stitch flip and fuse method. I wanted to do it the ‘regular’ way and see if the finishing on the long edge bothered me.

-     It did not… I used a 3 thread narrow overlock hem stitch and while this finish is slightly more noticeable it is still quite fine and does not show through to the front. Just another option!!

Nice shot of the inside showing the front facing going up into the clean finished shoulder and the bias armhole facing.


-     Free buttons from an ASG Chicago event. They caught my eye with the pink outer and white inner and it echoes some of the prints in the fabric.


-     Used narrow bias facings to finish the armholes.

-     Sewn on with a ½ SA. I start sewing near underarm seam leaving a tail sew all the way around and stop a couple inches away.

-     Remove from machine and sew the bias strip together to finish and trim.

-     Complete sewing of last few inches.

-     Press seam, turn bias under and press.

-     Edgestitch along edge of bias facing to attach. Alternatively, can attach with hand stitches.

Seams, seam finishes and hems all the same as the previous 2 shirts except for the bias facing on the armholes. See these 2 blog posts- Camp Shirt 1 and Camp Shirt 2

This shirt has the You Are Loved label in it. We can all use that reminder these days!

I am super happy with this shirt! I wore it with these RTW shorts on a 3 plus mile walk and it was so cool and comfortable!


Once again I made a matching mask :)

The rising pandemic numbers across the US are quite alarming. So I am making masks again. I recently made a batch of 62 for donation to a Black Lives Matter Food and Goods drive. Many Chicago neighborhoods are in need and I’m glad it was something I could do.

A friendly reminder from The Lyric Opera House Chicago to wear your mask!

Happy Sewing!

The Princess and I spent 4th of July together! We booked tickets to the Shedd Aquarium and as it was only the second day they were open it was very quiet. V finally touched a stingray in the outdoor Stingray touch exhibit. The smile on her face and her palpable excitement was such a joy!

We took a picnic lunch to the park and had so much fun together!


  1. I love the collar on your shirt. Camp shirt goes elegant. Whole new category


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