Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gingham screams summer to me

I jumped on the gingham bandwagon with this wonderful cotton, lycra blend from  I used my altered Jalie 3130 as the pattern. 

I love this pattern, everything is well drafted and fits together perfectly.  The yoke combined with no stand, make the inside as nice as the outside.  I have included pictures the pattern facing alteration and the yoke inside and out.

Here is an excerpt from my review at Pattern Review

Fabric Used: A stretch cotton gingham from  96%cotton, 4% lycra.  Washed up like a dream and a breeze to sew.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I have altered the original body of the pattern by taking a 1/2 tuck down the front of the pattern.  I also have done a forward shoulder alteration and a square shoulder alteration.  With those changes, it is my TNT button up shirt pattern.   I can then make the 3130 as designed.  Or I can continue with changes which is what I did with this shirt.  It is similar in design to the chambray Fossil I did a knock off of last time.  I changed the collar to a fold over collar by altering the collar piece and omitting the stand. I extended the center front and drafted it into a self facing.  I omitted the sleeve tabs and shortened the sleeves and inserted a 3" split at hem side seams.  I also omitted the pocket tabs. I cut the front pockets and the yokes on the bias for pattern contrast.

Front Pattern with cut on facing                                 shortened sleeve

Altered Collar

Inside yoke with collar straight up, no unsightly seams!

Cut on facing from inside

3" Split at side hem

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have sewn it many times now. I am sure come fall, I will be needing some more longer sleeved shirts, so this Jalie will be one of my go to's, no matter what the season.Conclusion: I love this gingham, it is light purple and white.  I made it especially to go with a a white denim pencil skirt I made last summer.   I Love it.


  1. Nice blouse. You have perfected the fit, looks really nice on.

  2. Beautiful construction on your top. It looks great.

  3. Ok, what's the secret to not having any inside seams show up on the collar or the even the facing at the shoulder seams. I am trying to figure out the construction order of the collar, yoke and facing of your shirt and I'm just not getting it. I'm about to sew a blouse that has a collar stand and I was also thinking about getting rid of it but my skills are coming a little short. Any ideas on where to get instructions?


  4. Thank you Kelly for the clear instructions on how to make this shirt without collar stand!!!! Ann in Belgium