Completed: Advance 8511 in Gingham

19 Jun

In an attempt to catch up on all the stuff I’ve finished that I haven’t posted yet (I just counted and there are 8… yikes), here’s a gingham top I made using Advance 8511, which is a vintage pattern.


Gingham Top

I also forgot to mention that the pictures are REALLY bad; this is what happens when you don’t wait for it to finish raining (hence, me standing on the porch) and then position yourself so that the sunlight is directly behind you, and then try to lighten the pictures and when they turn out grainy and grey, you say, “Eh, fuck it.” and post them anyway.

Not that I know anything about that.

Anyway, I’m sorry.

Gingham Top

This was a fun little pattern to make! It would have gone together a lot more quickly if I didn’t have so many fit issues. I don’t think the fit of the pattern was too bad – the size was a little big, but nothing too tragic – but rather, my fabric was a terrible choice for this pattern. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

This pattern only has 4 pieces – a front, a back, a back neck facing (the front facing is all attached to the front as one piece) and the collar (no undercollar). The armholes are bound with self-made bias tape and it only uses 4 buttons. So economical!

Gingham Top

The fabric, again, is from Mood Fabrics in New York. It’s really lovely stuff – a cotton gingham seersucker with lots of texture and LOTS of stretch – but that damn stretch was nearly my undoing. I kept taking in the side seams over and over to get this shirt to fit (I know slightly-loose button-ups can look good, but not this shape/style with a woven stretch. Just… no), and I think I ended up removing a good 2″ from each side, possibly more. I don’t think stretch wovens are inherently bad (take a look at my fabric stash if you don’t believe me), but they really should not be used for a pattern that is already a little big to start.

Gingham Top

You can’t see too well (because the pictures are so bad, again, SORRY), but there are tucks at the front and back waist, and soft pleats at the neckline under the collar. I had to extend the front tucks to be longer (originally they were only about 1″ long) because they ended up giving me this weird fullness in an area where it wasn’t needed. I don’t know how I feel about the neckline pleats – they are beautiful in theory, but in this fabric I think it kind of looks like I messed something up and hid it under the collar. Oh well.

Gingham Top

Hey look, Dolly went on a diet and now she can actually model my clothes again! And they BUTTON UP. Holy shit!

Gingham Top

Gingham Top

I had to add a pleat to the center back because it was MASSIVE compared to the collar. Seriously, the width of that pleat is how much bigger the back was than the collar. I double checked my pattern pieces and they don’t match either, so I’m assuming someone was hitting the bottle hard at the Advance pattern drafting headquarters that day.

Gingham Top

Despite the fitting issues, I do love my little shirt! Navy gingham goes with everything, surprisingly.

By the way… check out my new back porch!

Back Porch

I wish you could have seen what it looked like before (if you think it looks trashy now, let me tell you… this is an improvement). The previous renters laid this horrible fake hardwood all over the porch – you know, the kind that is supposed to go INSIDE a house – and didn’t even cover the whole flooring area. There were bare spots of concrete by the stairs. It was just drab and ugly and sad and we mostly ignored it for the past year. A couple weekends ago, we tore up the flooring (yes, we are renters, but I’m pretty sure my landlord dgaf), bought and painted the screen door, as well as hung the curtains and that tapestry. Now I am on the lurk for a tiny bistro table to fit back there.

Back Porch

Here’s another view – and there’s the old shed! I reckon you can guess where at least one of those chairs went 😉

Back Porch

Now we are actually inclined to hang on the back porch, IMAGINE THAT. If only I could figure out a way to permanently fend off the ‘skeeters…


34 Responses to “Completed: Advance 8511 in Gingham”

  1. Chris Butler June 19, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Despite you worrying about the quality of the photos, I think it’s lovely and suits your perfect petite frame – well done

  2. Handmade Jane June 19, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    LOVE IT!! But then that’s no surprise! x

  3. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! June 19, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Cute cute blouse! And now you (kind of) match your blog background. 😉 It’s a very flattering shape on you. I’ve had a couple of patterns with collar issues like.. maybe even more! Maybe I’m just collar-challenged.

    Yay for a place to sit on your back porch, cute! We were out the other evening and I was literally sitting next to the citronella candle. 😛

  4. Colleen June 19, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I love it and I especially love the pleat in the back. Sometimes, last minute fixes are the best.

  5. CGCouture June 19, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Perfect, as per usual! I hate you 🙂 (Not really.) We used to use vanilla extract (not imitation, you have to use the real stuff) to keep mosquitoes away, you just soak a paper towel and rub it on your skin. It’s not as long lasting as the commercial sprays, but it smells a whole lot better and might be better for sensitive skin. Worth a try.

    • LLADYBIRD June 19, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Ha! Fixed 🙂 Good tip on the vanilla… I’ll have to try that. I don’t have sensitive skin, but the idea of spraying chemicals on it just skeeves me out so much. Also, vanilla smells DELISH.

      • CGCouture June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am #

        Thanks! And yes, vanilla does smell way better than any freaky chemicals. 🙂

  6. Kelly June 19, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    It sure turned out great! You are developing such a fantastic summer wardrobe. I feel like those blouses with tucks ending relatively low are meant to be tucked in. Extending them upward certainly makes for a more modern, versatile look!

  7. Lori June 19, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I think it turned out great, Lauren, gingham and summer just go together. For the poorly lit photos, go to there are some effects that will do amazing things. Enjoy your porch – oh, I read on pinterest – equal parts pinesol and water on all surfaces outdoors will help with flies and bugs.

  8. Rochelle New June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    I love when you wash decent gingham and it scrunches up like that. Such an awesome texture. So cute! p.s. I’m totally surprised you’re hanging that tapestry and not wearing it because it’s a super rad print! 😉

  9. mreesy June 19, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Love the blouse great job , love vintage patterns

  10. June June 19, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    I like the neckline pleats. In the darker photos, they cast interesting shadows and play with the light off the gingham. Sort of sunburst-y coming out from under the collar. You did a great job.

  11. ClaireE June 19, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I love it! I think all of the pleats work, the neckline ones give it a modern edge.

  12. walldruggie June 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    You might get a gallon of flooring paint in a cool color and paint that slab if you are so inclined. Love the top, btw . . . I’m always a sucker for gingham and the vintage pattern is a perfect match.

  13. Dorien June 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Your posts make me happy. You know what else makes me happy? I got a bike for my birthday! It’s a salmon pink Julie by Achielle (check it out!) and now I want to know where you got your bikebag. I’m already browsing for sewing patterns to make one, but so far all I’ve found is a kids basket and some weird simplicity pattern for a bag to hang over an old people stroller. Biking and sewing, so much fun!

    • LLADYBIRD June 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Ooooh, it’s GORGEOUS!! Yay for pretty new bikes!!! My bag is actually from Po Campo – it’s the Logan tote. It’s pretty freakin awesome because the straps connect to the rear rack, and it’s waterproof (and yes.. I’ve tested it, ha). It also makes for a really cute purse 😉

    • hashigal June 20, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      Burda had a neat one in their 4/210 magazine…it was Bicycle bag 143.

    • hashigal June 20, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      Ok, so that last reply was meant to read:
      Burda had a neat one in their 4/2013 magazine – Bicycle bag 143. It’s a bit 1940’s bicycle boy.

      • Dorien June 21, 2013 at 9:23 am #

        Thank you! I’m so checking it out this weekend 🙂

  14. Nat @ made in home June 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    That top looks great on you! Really accentuate your frame.i suppose it is better that it was too big than too small… Is it a usual problem with vintage patterns or is it down to the fabric?

    • LLADYBIRD June 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      The stretch in the fabric definitely played a factor, but this pattern was a little big to begin with. I find that, even though I have a 34″ bust, 32 bust and even sometimes 30 bust patterns tend to fit me much better. Vintage or not, there is usually too much ease in them!

  15. Lisa June 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Cuuuute gingham top and I am totally loving the back porch up date. Just the place for sweet tea and lazy magazine reading in front of a fan! The kind of porch that says, BRING IT, SUMMER. 🙂

  16. Ami June 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Ahh this is soooo cute! Perfect fit on you and I think the neck tucks look amazing! I always end up lengthening those tucks on vintage blouses and dresses too- that poofy thing you get going on otherwise is not a great look! Ha!
    Cute porch too 🙂

  17. Mary M June 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    i bet you could totally enclose the porch area with screening for not too much money. Just some screen yardage from hardware store and a staple gun. It would kill the open air vibe to some extent but not totally – and mosquitoes suck (literally!) 😉

  18. kkegeland June 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    love the top!

  19. Carolyn June 20, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    I actually like your pictures as well as the shirt since they provide a 40s noir-ish look to them! But can I tell you that I really like what you did to your back porch!? It’s so pretty!

  20. hashigal June 20, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Love the top (vintage pattern envy), but this is a skeeta oriented comment. If you can find a product called the Raid Misting System (Raid is the brand), they do an outdoor version. It’s basically an aerosol that mists citronella into the air (deadly to mozzies). I keep an indoor version inside all summer…keeps the flies AND the skeetas at bay for a pleasant summer season 🙂

  21. Cassie Stephens June 20, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Adorableness!! I am in love with this top. I cannot even imagine how tough that fab fabric had to be to work with. But you did it and it looks amazing on you, congrats!

  22. Leslie June 20, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Cuteness as always. As for the nibbling little bastards, how about mosquito net curtains:

    Stay away from permetherin, though. It is safe for puppies, but it will make your kitty very, very sick.

  23. Mom of 5 - Just Stitching Along June 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on juststitchingalong.

  24. missjoiedevivre July 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I’m really hankering for some sweet collared vintage blouses right now, but amazingly I don’t have a lot of those in my huge pattern stash. This has made the hankering much much worse. Of course, I realise that’s in part due to the misguided feeling that if I make something that looks like what you’ve made, I’ll look like you but that ain’t gonna happen! This blouse is absolutely beautiful though so the yearning continues.

  25. hdbooth July 28, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    I have just discovered your website and wanted to tell you and your clothes are adorable. Thanks!


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