Vintage Floral Sleeveless Bruyère Shirt
This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing from the last couple years. I know that may not be evident from my face in some of these photos, but I really do like this garment. I just took way too many photos of different garments in one day, and I was 100% over it.
I used the Deer & Doe Bruyère pattern. I omitted the sleeves, changed the armholes slightly and added bias binding.
I can’t remember what sizes I cut, but (as with all patterns) I cut three different sizes for the bust, waist and hips. I do remember taking the side seams in when I made it, because there was a bit too much ease in some areas for my taste, but that is pretty typical.
The shirt was actually a bit too tight when I made it (I was around 20 lbs heavier), but now it is a bit loose. It still looks fine with a belt though.
I really need to make full bust adjustments to every pattern I use, but when I made this, I was too lazy. Nothing a safety pin along the button band couldn’t solve. :O I know, shame on me. But it has a looser fit now anyway, so I guess it worked out.
When the pattern first came out, I was unsure about the shape. To be honest, it draws a lot of attention to my hips. However, I liked the design too much to pass it up. Besides, the older I get, the more accepting and appreciative of my body I am, so I’m not really self-conscious about it.
I have worn this shirt a lot since making it almost two years ago. So, this fabric gets an A+ for wearability and washability. It looks about the same as the first time I wore it.
The fabric is a vintage floral cotton that I was saving in my stash for years. I saved it for four and a half years, to be exact. I found the fabric on this thrift haul. I still can’t believe I finally allowed myself to use it. Looking back at that thrift haul makes me really miss the thrift stores in Maryland. That’s probably the one and only thing I miss about living there. 😛
The best thing about this shirt is that I can wear it during every season, because it works really well with a cardigan. How can you not love a garment you can where year round?