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  • Houndstooth & Olive Green T-shirt

    Posted on 14/05/2014 by David in My Handmade Closet.


    Damn that pasty white complexion of mine on those pre-holiday snaps! It could have been a lot worse though…at night…using a flash…would I come out as Casper the Friendly Ghost or as Freddy Krueger? Your guess is as good as mine.

    All moaning aside, have you spotted anything familiar in those pictures? I’ll give you a clue: seen that fabric somewhere before?


    Of course, I’m not one to condone fabric wastage…


    I self-drafted that T-shirt from my shirt pattern, only enlarging the neckline – a bit too much to my taste actually. I made a decent attempt at opening the front and used olive green Ponte de Roma fabric for the sleeve bands and around the neckline as lining. The effect is subtle in that area so here is a closeup.


    I sewed with the lining on top and gently ironed out to make the olive fabric slightly visible on the right side of the garment. I had to sew by hand the lining onto the fabric so that it stays in place. Oh and I’ve also made pockets in contrast green! I completely forgot to show them during the shoot so here is another closeup.


    As I was running out of time and thought folding the hem would create a bulk, I simply overlocked the bottom of the T-shirt with black thread (a lame excuse implying a hint of laziness but it’s a casual make and that’ll do just fine for summer).

    Finally you may have noticed I’m not blogging/sewing as regularly as I did over the first three months of the year. I’ve recently started an exciting part-time course – not sewing related – and tried to get my head around a long-term project and work and blah blah blah, excuses, excuses, excuses but I’m not going anywhere, just slowing down blogging to once a week for the time being!

    Have a great week everybody!



12 Responses so far.

  1. French Seams says:

    As soon as I saw this picture I recognised the Coco fabric. Looks great.

  2. Delgado says:

    Le pied-de-poule je m’en rappelais bien évidemment ainsi tu n’as fait aucun gaspillage de tissu et tu as gagné un tee-shirt qui met en valeur ton teint très pâle !
    PS Est-ce la voiture de Lee ? (ou la tienne).

    • David says:

      Heureusement que j’ai pris des couleurs pendant les vacances, et j’ai garde la barbe aussi. Non, je ne conduis pas, c’est la voiture de Lee. Elle est sympa, non?

  3. Wil says:

    European look to the max! You would be quite the show stopper in the states with that shirt. Excellent design and stitchery as always!

  4. Love this! The olive trim looks great on the sleeves and the neckline is so smoothly finished; looks like a great shirt.

  5. oonaballoona says:

    jealousy always produces the best stitching!!

    i love that green– the neckline is gorgeous. i think coco might get jealous of you now.

  6. SunGold says:

    Your stitching is immaculate. I only wish I could sew as beautifully as you…and I love the houndstooth-olive green combination.

    • David says:

      Thanks! I’m no stitching expert, trust me but this is a cool fabric combo I think and very comfy to wear too

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