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‘So, Zo…’: Denim Shirt Anthea Shirt


I am so excited to lastly share this challenge with you as a result of extra went into it than most of my tasks. Extra time and extra methods, and much more thought. This was an idea-itch that I needed to scratch, and I used to be extra invested in manifesting my concept than the precise end result. Nonetheless, I do love the end result additionally!

This secondhand denim shirt has been in my stash for a shameful ten years! I really feel unhealthy about that as a result of it is potential that another person may have been throughout that point. Anyhow, I used to be holding it out of landfill at the very least! I’ve at all times liked these pearly snaps and knew that they needed to be included in no matter it was to change into.

I might had my eye on the Anthea shirt sample by Anna Allen (pictured beneath) as quickly as I clapped eyes on it. I’ve adored each single model I’ve seen on Instagram. And it has been a very fashionable sample so there are a TON of variations to behold! 

The issue was that I did not have any items of cloth in my stash appropriate for the sample, and I could not justify shopping for a brand new sample AND new material once I already personal quite a lot of each. I am not precisely certain the place the concept got here from to make use of the denim shirt, however I have been having so many inspiring conversations with attention-grabbing individuals currently for my podcast, Test Your Thread, that my thoughts is type of completely in this sort of zone as of late. 

I eliminated the entrance pockets so I may match the Anthea entrance sample items on, and I like how a shadow of the pockets stay. I reapplied the pocket flap on one facet to reference the eliminated pockets, and stitched it into place with random sashiko type stitching. For this I used some ‘correct’ sashiko thread that I purchased on eBay a few years in the past however had but to strive. That spot on the sleeve is a gap that I coated with satin sew to cease it getting any larger.

As you may most likely think about, this challenge was not with out it is challenges, however I like how the challenges decided the aesthetic in some circumstances. For instance, the sample items for the physique have been wider on the hem than the unique shirt. So I ended up piecing collectively the facet seams with sections of the unique collar (see above). I then determined to spotlight the be a part of with one other row of sashiko-style stitching, which is a theme that I continued all through the challenge.

The sleeve sample items on the Anthea are fairly large, far bigger than the unique shirt’s sleeves. So to kind a adequate space of cloth, I needed to piece collectively items of the unique sleeves with plenty of different items harvested from the unique clothes. I did not give it some thought an excessive amount of, simply joined the sides with my overlocker, then ‘topstitched’ down the seam by hand utilizing a mixtures of sewing types that I used to be completely winging. 

I actually just like the hints of shading and differing colors that current within the unique shirt. Nonetheless, I attempted to minimize the patchwork vibe slightly, I am undecided if I fairly hit the precise steadiness. 

I made binding from some scraps of light-weight washed denim from my stash. That was used to complete the neckline and the sleeve hems. I do not actually just like the bias for the sleeve hems and I feel the opening is a bit extensive. I feel I will return sooner or later and make cuff bands as a substitute. 

What’s extremely pleasing is the little pile of scraps that stay from this challenge. I actually want that I might weighted the unique shirt, after which weighed the scraps to see if I beat the business common of 15% of cloth wasted throughout the slicing course of.  

The shortage of accessible material meant that I could not actually overthink the location of varied components on this garment. That felt fairly liberating really, and I simply have to just accept the end result and discover components to get pleasure from. 

I have not owned a correct denim shirt since I used to be a teen, so I used to be very shocked by how heat it really is. Pictured beneath is how I’ve loved carrying it essentially the most since I completed it: layered with an extended sleeved thermal prime beneath and dungarees on prime.  

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