I’ve finally finished my seventies shirt, and very seventies it is too! The fabric is a vintage fabric from the era and the pattern I used is Simplicity 5196 from 1972.
I’ve made a shirt before using this pattern, so there weren’t any surprises on the construction front and it all came together well. It took me a while to plod through making all those buttonholes and sewing the buttons on. In fact, after referring to the previous purple shirt, I discovered that I had added more buttons than the pattern calls for on that shirt. I came to the same conclusion and added another button onto the shirt. Of course, I then didn’t have enough buttons, so I had to dash to the haberdashery and secure another button.
I did omit the optional pocket, since I had a limited the amount of fabric. If I am going to be picky, I realised that perhaps I should have changed the construction of the button band, since it is possible to see the inside of the fabric when the shirt is undone, and the inside is a much lighter colour.
The fabric is beautifully warm and I’m really looking forward to this new cosy addition to my wardrobe.
This all brings me to my final dilemma – what should I wear with this shirt? This shirt has a completely wacky blend of colours – a moss green background with brown, purple and bright orange flowers. Yes, everything goes with jeans, but I do want to find a more imaginative pairing for this shirt.
What colours would work? I placed the shirt alongside various fabrics and other clothes. I liked the purple of this shirt, but obviously that is another shirt so I would never wear them together. My main problem is how can evaluate the colour pairings when I’m mostly limited to internet purchases. Or if I go for a more neutral colour, like the moss green, would I need to worry about the colour-matching too much? Or is it a case of trying to find online vendors who do swatches. I’ve tended to resist swatch buying as I feel that it can be expensive. Does anyone know some good online shops which do free swatches, swatch points or where I can offset the purchase of swatches against the final purchase?
All in all, my new shirt looks fine with the flared jeans, as modelled in the photos, although I feel I am almost breaking into 70s-style fancy dress. What other silhouettes would work? What style of skirt would work well with this shirt? I quite like the combination of knee-length skirt with the shirt, as shown on the pattern envelope. However, I fancy a mid-length skirt in wool to go with boots for a winter outfit.