classic gingham shirt : : #ginghamalong : : Simplicity 2339

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Tape Measure Bangle – a gift from my friend
Suzanne Carillo – Adventurous Style for the Uncommon 40+ Woman


Whew! We made it.  I’ll tell ya…the moments before hitting publish on my last post were a bit comical….Do It…Don’t Do It…DO IT. And yes. Yes I did.

I hope we’ve got it right and that I showed up in your feed a single time and not eleventy hundred times or something equally odd. We are still working out a few little things with the feed…we did as much as we could in test mode but at a certain point you kinda have to just jump in.  If you’ve a few moments to spare, please look at my home page and the categories etc. I value your feedback…if anything is confusing, missing, annoying, or otherwise head scratching, please let me know.

Okey-dokey…I was planning on posting my second pair of harem pants, but as I’m participating in #ginghamalong, the mastermind of Karen from Did You Make That, I had to squeeze this post in first. Tomorrow, we’ll all be linking our gingham makes in the comments section of Karen’s blog.

This is my much loved Simplicity 2339 with now tried and true changes. I made the collar a camp style collar, omitting the waist darts. I cuffed the short sleeves. I made the pocket pointed and added a similar cuff to it as well. When I was cutting out the pattern, I made an error and didn’t shorten the shirt front pieces. I ended up keeping the front longer, and it’s okay. I can tuck in the front and leave the back out. Weird I know…but it works. I chose simple white shirt buttons, sewn on with red thread. The fabric…gingham from my stash. This shirt….very basic, but very loved.

I made my skirt last January. You can see it here and here. It’s the same good quality 100% cotton as my shirt…but machine quilted.  It’s really a cool weather skirt…awesome with leggings and boots. I’m showing it here to give you an idea of how I will be wearing it with my shirt. I have several sweaters that will work.

September is one of the prettiest months here in the Vancouver. Today’s photos were taken at the most magical Redwood Park, seen here and here.

All righty…keeping this short because all this learning is tiring. Yep…September and I’m back in school…learning my way around the wordpress dashboard.

Please be sure to check out Did You Make That: Ginghamalong Goes Live! Karen…thanks so much for gathering the gingham lovers together!

My Other Simplicity 2339 makes:

My Bowl of Cherries Dress  My 99 Pink Balloons Dress  My Blooms and Blue Gingham Shirt


  • Reply Melanie September 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    SUE, HURRAH – maybe I’m the first to comment at your NEW blog…? It looks smashing!! Scary, yesh, but well done on all this hard work. You’re such a superstar. I love your gingham top and your photo location. No time to go through every now and the link but I shall. Congratulations.

    • Reply Sue September 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Melanie! I’m tired and I want pie. NOW. hahahaha.

      All the while we were taking photos…we were fondly remembering The Yellow Skirt photos. We were also remembering that it was FREEZING…like mind numbingly COLD!

      Still some things to work out….like the little gravatar pictures!

  • Reply Colette Godfrey September 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    love the shirt – Your post showed up in my bloglovin feed just as it should ;o)

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Thank you Colette. And thank you for letting me know that the post showed up in your bloglovin’ feed. The switch has been a bit daunting and knowing that I haven’t lost all my readers is a relief!

  • Reply Lori September 13, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Love your shirt and the scenery. Your blog showed right up in my feedly

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 3:24 am

      Thanks so much Lori. I don’t use feedly myself so I really appreciate hearing that my blog showed up in your blog roll! Whew!

  • Reply Margo September 13, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I love a good gingham shirt and yours is a great one! Love the blogs new look as well!!!

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Hey Margo! Thanks for stopping by and saying Hi. I’ve been planning the move to wordpress, probably since you switched, LOL.

  • Reply Vix September 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Yay! Happy new blog! It updated in my feed and everything.
    Love gingham and adore your makes. The backdrop is pretty spectacular, too! xxx

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Yes…YAY! Happy to hear it’s in your feed and lookin’ okay. Good gingham clothing can be hard to find while thrifting…I think people just wear them ’til they fall apart.

  • Reply Val S September 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Congratulations on your new abode! Here, I brought you some virtual flowers and champagne (I’m keeping the real stuff for myself). The site looks good – so clean and bright and, today, ginghamy. It all suits you to a T. And you have a team?!?! You’re going big-time now, my dear. Keep up the good work!

    PS – Just noticed your copyright on the bottom ribbon says 2015.

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Why…thank you Val…or should I say Diolch. That is Welsh for thank you, yes? And virtual flowers and champagne…how very thoughtful.

      And well, looky dat….I wonder if that’s in a bottom footer? I will check it out, thank you for noticing! It is possible that the 2015 refers to Themesart too…

  • Reply No Fear of Fsshion September 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Got the email feed. Opening your blog post on cell phone works perfectly. Will check rest later.

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      OH YAY! Appreciate that you popped in quickly!

      • Reply No Fear of Fashion September 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        Everything seems to work fine. Found one thing: I was in “Meet the team” (cannot wait to learn what that entails) and from there I went to Home… and found myself in “test.acolourfulcanvas.com” instead of in your live blog.
        It looks really bloody good. I am a bit disappointed in myself. Yours is so much better…

        • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

          OOOOOH…thank you so very much for pointing that out Greetje! Got it fixed! Yes…the Meet the Team is not yet finished. Hard enough writing about me, let alone my ‘team’, LOL.

          Greetje, your blog is great. It’s inviting and user friendly. That being said, if you do decide to change it up one day…I recommend Themesart.com. Marcus sells his themes on Etsy and I believe he is also in The Netherlands. Now my move was BIG. It wasn’t a simple matter of installing a new theme. It was moving everything from blogger over to a self hosted wordpress site. That being said, the theme itself was easy to install and there are almost endless ways to make it uniquely yours.

  • Reply Flo September 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    The blog looks great! It is always a bit scary when you switch to a different platform, they all have their good and bad points.

    Love the shirt too, there is nothing quite like a classic gingham print.

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Flo! I think the biggest fear was losing everything, LOL. But, things are looking pretty good now!

  • Reply Fran young September 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Liking everything! You have done a good job M

    • Reply Sue September 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      THANK YOU! I just realized that I haven’t changed the clock to Pacific Time Zone, LOL…

  • Reply Kirsty September 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Your shirt looks great and very professional. I’m in awe of anyone who can sew a shirt. I am looking forward to the day I feel confident enough to try it!

    • Reply Sue September 14, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Kirsty! I’ve looked at your blog and you have some beautiful makes! You’ll definitely be sewing yourself shirts before too long.

  • Reply Suzanne September 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Love this gingham look. I had to do a double take realizing it was in fact a skirt and shirt combo. Clever!

    How fun seeing you wearing the bracelet! It looks great!

    Everything on the blog is looking darn good to me, although I too cannot wait to read about your team members…I’m sure that may include one feline.

    PS I could have sent to avocado brownies instead of pie to celebrate but I’m worried they might melt in the mail.


    • Reply Sue September 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Thanks again for the bracelet! It’s a fun addition to my collection.

      You do realize that the next time you’re out visiting, Mel and I will be demanding avocado brownies, yes?

  • Reply Lynn September 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

    The new website is lovely. Just one thing, and I apologize if I’m being too nit-picky. It’s probably just me because something like 90% of the blogs out there are the same but the text is way too light. It’s difficult to read.

    • Reply Sue September 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thanks so much Lynn! Not nit-picky at all. I was actually wondering the same thing and also wondering about the size of the font. I have changed the text to black but I don’t see an option to make the font bigger. {It’s probably in there somewhere LOL.}

      I’m also trying to figure out how to allow blogspot bloggers to have their gravatars showing beside their names.

  • Reply regina September 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful shirt. I love your pocket!

    • Reply Sue September 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much Regina!

  • Reply Heather September 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I love your new blog and nothing went wonky in my feed! You shirt looks great – very classic!

    • Reply Sue September 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Oh Yeah! I think I’m over the jitters now, LOL.

  • Reply Rhonda September 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

    That quilted skirt is so versatile and looks fabulous with the gingham shirt.

    • Reply Sue September 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Rhonda! Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to wearing this skirt more often with fall around the corner.

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