F is for Flamingos and My Favorite New Shirt

Would it be weird if I wore the same shirt all summer? I mean, I’d take it off to wash it, of course.

I’m only partially kidding. I LOVE this shirt. It’s comfortable and cool and breezy and everything I want in a summer shirt. I noticed my wardrobe was lacking in casual summer shirts, so I thought it only right that I immediately take steps to remedy the situation.

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

As soon as I saw Simplicity #8601, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. I specifically liked view A, with the three-quarter flowy sleeves and tie waist. We all know how I feel about ruffles and a lot of extra frilly things, so views B and D were definitely out of the question.

The pattern recommends a lightweight or silky fabric, and It took a bit of searching before I found just the right fabric. I wanted to use a print, but believe me when I tell you, I had no idea bright pink flamingos were going to be any part of the right fabric. But, here we are. I found this fabric on Mood.com, and something about it just spoke to me. It’s a bit kitschy, but if you can’t rock a print like this in the summer, when can you?

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

The fabric is a viscose batiste, and it is seriously some of the most amazing fabric I’ve found in a while. It has a beautiful drape and is so soft to the touch. If you’re interested in this fabric, it’s also available with a green background. Mood also has some other viscose batiste fabrics in different prints, and I’m seriously thinking about picking up some more for a dress or another shirt.

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

This pattern went together quickly and easily, and the fabric was a dream to sew. I finished all the seam allowances with my serger and used a small pearl for the back closure. I didn’t need to make any size adjustments – yay – but I did make a couple small construction changes. Ties on these types of patterns are never long enough. I like to actually see the ties and not have them all tied up in a tiny little knot on my stomach. To fix this, I added 1.25” to the length of the ties.

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

The other adjustment I made was sewing the center seam 3” farther down than marked on the pattern. After getting the bodice together, I did a quick fitting. Everything fit great, except, oh hello there navel…didn’t know I invited you to the party. The slit was a bit high for my taste, and by a bit high, I mean my entire navel was on display even when tied. Having a center front seam made fixing this a breeze. I simply extended the seam the 3” I mentioned above, and it was buh-bye, navel.

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

I really can’t say enough good things about this pattern or fabric. I would recommend both to anyone. The day I took these photographs, the temperature was around 80°, and I was cool as a cucumber the entire time.

In my previous post, I mentioned doing a few mini-collections this summer. This is the first piece of the second one. I have several linens in shades of teal and pink that I’m planning to turn into a shirt, blazer and possibly a dress. I’m still thinking this mini-collection over, and I have a couple more blue and white garments from the other mini-collection to blog. I just couldn’t wait to share my flamingo shirt!

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

I’m planning to make another version of this shirt, most likely in a solid. I may even make it sleeveless, because it’s only going to get hotter around here…yikes!

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

Tie Waist Flamingo Shirt by Sartorial Seamstress

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