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?

  1. zilredloh

    July 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Ohhh what a great version of the Bruyere for summer! That floral fabric really is lovely.

  2. stephaniehandy

    July 14, 2016 at 6:58 am

    As a Marylander, what were your favorite thrift shops to hit?

    1. Becca

      July 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I was in Southern Maryland, so I frequented some of the smaller, privately-owned thrift stores & thrift stores owned by non-profits other than Goodwill. There are quite a few around Southern Maryland (Lexington Park, Leonardtown, Solomons, Charlotte Hall, La Plata, Waldorf, etc). I also went to the several Vintage Values & Hooks and Hangers stores (both of those are exclusive to Maryland). Another favorite was Smile, which was run by a church in Solomons, MD (In fact, I believe that was where I found the vintage floral fabric I used for this shirt), as well as The Spot in St. Leonard, which was run by a Southern Maryland Spay & Neuter. One of my favorite thrift stores where I found the most fabric was in Waldorf: Waldorf Family Thrift Store. The best part about thrifting in Southern Maryland was that there were a lot of privately-owned thrift stores and thrift stores run by charities/non-profits other than Goodwill. Don’t get me wrong, i still frequent Goodwill stores, but it’s nice to have more variety.

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