A Chambray Popover for Fall
Hello Mood Sewing Network! Well, it’s finally pants weather here in Texas (but not quite jacket weather!) and I’ve been craving some wardrobe basics to flesh out my closet. Transitional seasons do that to me. And when it comes to clothes I have no willpower. What the heart wants, it gets!
I’ve wanted a chambray popover for… oh eons now. Well at least a few years. They just feel like the perfect thing to throw on and go – no matter what the situation. I love a classic button-up shirt for this reason too, but the popover brings just a tad bit more of a laid-back vibe that works well with my daily life. Unfortunately, finding a good chambray fabric is no easy feat! Too heavy and you’re leaning more towards denim territory, the wrong color blue and it can feel a bit cheap… It’s definitely a fabric I always keep my eyes peeled for, just in case a good one crosses my path.
When I saw this Blue Denim-Like Cotton Chambray on the Mood Fabrics website a few weeks back I thought I may have finally stumbled across a nice chambray for my dream popover shirt! It’s a pretty classic, medium toned blue chambray, woven with blue and white threads. It’s a nice shirting weight, slightly on the heavier side of shirting weight fabrics I’d say, and, contrary to the description, totally opaque. Overall I’m really pleased with it! If it looks a bit rumply in these photos that’s because, well, I’ve been wearing it quite a bit! I grabbed it out of the dryer for these photos without ironing it first, which, honestly, is just the way I like it. I find that ironing it gives it a stiffer, almost starched look that I’m not a fan of. So I’ll be wearing my chambray popover just as you see it here – wrinkled and care-free!
Here you can see the color and weave of the fabric more accurately. For the pattern I altered my Grainline Archer pattern – cutting the front on the fold and inserting a partial placket. For some reason I was having a hard time finding an online tutorial for a placket I liked and I’m just not the sort of sewist who keeps reference books around, so I kind of made up the placket insertion as I went along. Overall I’m pretty pleased with how it looks, although some of the stitching could be a bit more concealed towards the point. One of my favorite touches are the little royal blue button holes and bartacks on the pocket. Little bits of contrast stitching like that make me super happy!
All in all a great, classic addition to my fall wardrobe! The jeans in these photos are also a new make, but I’ll be talking about those over on my own blog later this week. And of course I have to give a shout out to my pals in these photos! I took these pictures at work and these are our work cats, The Ghost and The Darkness. They’re brothers, and really stinking cute!
Well that’s all from me! Hope everyone had a great Halloween and is having a wonderful fall or spring depending on your hemisphere!