A Chambray Popover for Fall

Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover

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!

Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover

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.

Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover

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!

Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover

Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover

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!

Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover
Mood Fabrics | Chambray Popover

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!

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  • Nique
    November 3, 2015

    Such a lovely make.

    • sallie
      November 3, 2015

      Thank you Nique! It’s definitely one that has already seen a lot of wear, so that’s a success in my book!

  • Peter
    November 3, 2015

    Excellent shirt! I love the white topstitching on the chambray and the contrast blue on the pockets and buttonholes. Beautiful fit too!

    • sallie
      November 3, 2015

      Thank you Peter! I love a good shirt!

  • Amy
    November 3, 2015

    Great shirt! I’ve had a chambray top on my to-sew list for eons, too. And, would you believe that I was just plotting out how to do the exact same modification to my Grainline Archer pattern? My plotting included an ivory silk crepe, not chambray, but now you’ve got me plotting all over again!

    • sallie
      November 6, 2015

      Well now you’ve got ME thinking about an ivory silk crepe popover! That sounds luscious!

  • Amanda S.
    November 3, 2015

    I almost didn’t recognize you with your Pantene hair flowing down your shoulder. It’s so pretty!!! Oh, we’re here about the top. It’s lovely and I totally get the search for the perfect chambray. I’m checking this one out!

    • sallie
      November 6, 2015

      Ha!! Thank you Amanda! (About the hair AND the shirt)

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 5, 2015

    Meticulous work on your popover, Sallie! Love this 🙂

    • sallie
      November 6, 2015

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Cennetta
    November 5, 2015

    Great looking shirt, Sallie. Sign me up for a few popover shirt. I Echo, Amanda on your hair. It’s is beautiful. And your work pals are super cute too.

  • sallie
    November 6, 2015

    Aw thank you Cennetta, I’ll tell the boys you think they’re cute 😉

  • Fiona
    November 8, 2015

    Ah man I wish we had weather like yours over here! I could do with some no jacket temperatures!
    You can’t beat a classic chambray garment and you’ve done a beautiful job here

  • Abbey
    November 11, 2015

    Oh this is nice!!! Such a versatile version of the Archer that you can dress up or dress down.

  • drew
    November 11, 2015

    What a great shirt! This fabric was absolutely the perfect choice, and I’m completely jealous. Congratulations on a fabulous make, and doing an on-the-fly placket?? My Hero.

  • kristin
    November 14, 2015

    i have totally been meaning to make a popover archer! so glad to see it works, it looks awesome on you. those jeans too! :*