A New Top and A New Rule

I have a new rule for separates. When I add a new make to my wardrobe, it must coordinate with two or more of my other me-mades.




Ha! Take that, all you orphans in my closet! I have too many tops and bottoms in my closet that have no friends. When you live in an older home with very few closets, this is a crisis. And friends, I’m counting on you all to keep me honest 🙂 Either that, or I’m going to have to move, LOL!! Anyway, the inspiration for this make is that I need more tops to go with my poppy culottes and my ruffled denim skirt.


Enter NewLook 6212.6212

I am always surprised at how much I enjoy sewing with New Look patterns. For some reason, I only reach for the New Look book after perusing the other pattern companies offerings first. I think it’s because their illustrations are pretty simple, maybe a bit boring? But more and more, I’m finding interesting designs when I look carefully.


This shirt is no exception. New Look 6212 includes some interesting details that give you lots of opportunity to embellish.  I love the collar variations, the length variations and the pockets, the option to cut out the back. It even has a fun version with tucks across the front. Although I was really interested in the tuck detail, I realized the pattern of my linen would hide those lovely tucks. So I chose view C, a simple straight hem version with a standup collar, cap sleeves and two pockets.


The instructions were great, and I love how the inside of the sleeves are finished with binding. It looks so neat and tidy!

IMG_0154 I find New Look patterns to be generously sized but on this one, I didn’t have any issues and I cut my usual size. I put the two pockets on, although they’re almost lost in the print of the linen. Linen (purchased at Joann’s) is the perfect fabric for this shirt because it has a bit of body. I can also imagine it from Rayon or silk, or cotton shirting. It’s a great shirt for summer, that I’ll wear a lot with shorts, my ruffled skirt and jeans.IMG_0073What do you think of my new rule? Yes, it’s a bit hilarious given my interest in sewing without a plan. Time will tell if I can stick with it!!

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!

11 thoughts on “A New Top and A New Rule

  1. Love the new rule. I am finding I mutter through JA “I am only buying my colors, I don’t care that fabric is cute and a great price” it has greatly reduced the cuts I bring home, and I am finding the pain is short lived. Hasn’t been my habit long enough to tell if it makes getting dressed easier but my fingers are crossed. I do plan to allow a little wiggle room…sometimes I think I will need to buy a new fabric to try a technique (wink wink)! Good luck with filling out the parts of your wardrobe that you decide need something, without losing the joy of the hunt or making.

    1. I love the idea of buying new fabric to try a new technique, perfect! Yes, that’s the key isn’t it! I love your thought that rules are only good if they support the joy we get from creating!

    1. Thank-you! It’s nice when some of my coordinates actually work together! I’ve worn the wrap skirt a lot the last few days because it’s been humid and hot, and that skirt is so cool and comfortable. There may be another one in my future.

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