Remember the red gingham shirt and all of the great advice you gave me? I very much appreciated our conversation about that, and all of the suggestions you had. In the end, though, I decided that I wasn’t feeling experimental enough to implement any of them. (Not now, anyway. I may revisit them!)
I really just wanted a red gingham top with 1/2-inch checks, that would be lightweight and flowy, and that I could wear easily under sweaters.
In the end, I decided to leave the flannel top as-is. It is wearable, even if it doesn’t evoke the feelings I had originally wanted it to evoke. Instead, I decided a trip to the fabric store would solve the problem. My local shop has very lightweight gingham for less than $4/yard!
Unfortunately, they didn’t have any 1/2-inch checks at all. The choices were 1/8, 1/4, and 1 inch. I already have tops in red 1/8″ checks and navy blue 1-inch checks, so it seemed like my best choice would be some other color in the 1/4″ size. I chose black, although I would have definitely gone for orange if they’d had it.
This new shirt falls right back into my comfort zone, with the elbow-length sleeves I’ve done before, and the same lightweight fabric I’ve used in the past. It sits on me just as I’d hoped the original red flannel one would have.
It’s perfect, if you don’t count the fact that it’s the wrong color or the wrong size checks
I’ve put away the sewing machine now, so unless I happen to stumble upon the perfect lightweight 1/2-inch orange gingham fabric in my travels, consider this itch scratched!
By the way, check out my new scarf. Look at the size of this thing! It’s 24″ x 108″, which is a fabulous size. I can wrap it around three times and still have enough left dangling. I love it.
I feel like I’m a little late to the Scarfshop party. I saw so many blog friends buying them a few years ago, but I never managed to buy one myself, until now. They come in so many beautiful colors, that I am a little bit surprised with myself for getting a gray one. If I ever buy another one, though, it’s totally going to be “mint.”
And, oh, now I wish I hadn’t looked at the website, because I see they are on sale. At full price it was easy to say that I wouldn’t buy another one this season, but now? Very very tempting…
A mint scarf would be really cool with an orange gingham top. Uh oh. I feel an online shopping trip coming on!