Fairfield Sew-Along: The Parade June 17 2016
Father’s Day sewing plans aside, today I want to show you an inspiring selection of Fairfield Button-up Shirts sewn by you as well as the finished Ikat Fairfield that I sewed during our sew-along.
Matt really loves this print (an Ikat from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabric) and I think the indigo blue looks lovely with his brownish/blue eyes.
I’m really happy with the casual look that the contrast Tagua Nut buttons gave to the shirt. The amber color looks very summery against the blue – like the sun against a blue sky!
I decided to sew the buttons on by forming a cross with my shirt to echo the print of the fabric (usually I sew two horizontal lines when working with four hole buttons…sort of like train tracks). I’m not sure if this echoing of the motif is too subtle that it is virtually unnoticeable. I notice it though!
Matt really likes how the print placement worked out on the back yoke. I’m glad I decided against placing the yoke on the bias. I think the print was just a bit too large in scale for this cutting technique to have been effective. I’m pretty pleased that the print matches along the collar and yoke at center back!
With all the shirt sewing that I’ve been doing lately, Matt’s closet is beginning to look quite fresh and full! I have been choosing his fabrics with a general theme of “blue and bright” since last winter his wardrobe had become almost exclusively dull brown and olive green. The influx of a few bright colored items has made a huge difference! I might do a photo shoot of his new shirt wardrobe soon – all of the prints and colors look really nice together.
Now, the best part of this blog post – it’s time to show off your Fairfield Shirts!
_ym.sews_ achieved beautifully crisp cuffs and excellent print placement for her plaid Fairfield. I love the careful use of contrast fabric for the cuff facing, collar stand and yoke facing!
tiny_needles whipped up this Fairfield so quickly! It was the first Fairfield Button-up that I saw in the wild after our pattern release. Her boyfriend wore this very dapper shirt for their anniversary celebrations.
One of our test sewers, Sarah, sewed this fresh and summery Fairfield for her husband. I like how the sleeve tabs add such versatility to this shirt. With the sleeves full length it looks very dressy but with the sleeves rolled up it takes on an airy and comfortable vibe that could easily work with brightly colored shorts!
After completing her first Fairfield Button-up, Sarah immediately cut out another one – this time for her brother! She had a lot of fun playing around with the stripes (she added a seam down center back) and she added some hidden froggy details. Isn’t the frog peaking out of the front pocket such a great idea?! She added a lining to the pocket to achieve this detail.
These three Fairfields have been sewn by bego_aguilera_caballero, Ana, and sewing_dutch. The whimsical print on Begoña’s shirt is just lovely (especially with those dreamy houseplants as a backdrop). Ana sewed the band collar (available in our Alternate Collars free download) on her green linen shirt. The band collar and linen are a match made in heaven! Lastly, the subtle floral yoke adds such hanger appeal to Becca’s shirt. She also sewed a striped grosgrain ribbon down the right front of her shirt which adds structure (for stronger buttons) and the perfect contrast if the top button is left undone.
And last, here is a great example by scaredstitchless of how much fun you can have when sewing a wearable mock-up! Quilting cottons provide a limitless palette of bold colors and unique prints. I’m impressed that she managed to find perfectly matched orange buttons!
Thank you, everyone, for joining me on the Fairfield Sew-along and for sharing your Fairfield photos by emailing me or by using #fairfieldbuttonup ! It’s been a thrill to see how smart your shirts look. If anyone has wrapped up their shirt to give on Father’s Day, I look forward to hearing about the grand reveal!