Readers, did you know this was even a thing?
Apparently Aloha shirts -- also known as Hawaiian shirts -- are often made with the printed side (what we sewers call the right side) on the inside. More muted in appearance, they are often worn for business wear. (You can read more about reverse-print Aloha shirts here).
I was only familiar with them because Michael, whose family lived in Hawaii for a few years when he was in elementary school, owned a reverse-print Aloha shirt, and he only recently gave it away. Alas, I never thought to photograph it.
Here's a pic of one I found on Etsy:
Now let's get back to tractor prints. I had found this vibrant tractor-print quilting cotton at Fabrics For Less a few weeks ago for just $1.99 a yard. I loved the kitschy quality of the print but, if truth be told, I didn't think the colors really suited me -- forget the subject matter. All that gold, rust, and mossy green were better suited to an autumn, Color Me Beautiful-wise. (I'm a summer.)
But then I noticed that the wrong side of the fabric looked completely different: it had a vintage-y, faded look with lots of pink and gray, colors that flatter me. Notice how, in the photo below, the right side of the fabric (on the left) makes me look ruddy, while the wrong side makes me look tan with healthy pink tones. Could I actually make a shirt with the wrong side out?
That's just what I did!
I was going to make a convertible collar shirt using vintage McCalls 3995, but then at the last minute decided this would look nicer with a standard collar and collar stand. I used red gingham for the inside collar stand and I think the combo really works well both aesthetically and thematically.
The shirt came together quickly and without a hitch. And I love it: it's preppy with a twist and right up my alley or, in this case, cow path.
|Thank you, Kelli, for the perfect sea-green vintage plastic buttons!|
Coincidentally, this shirt looks great with the gray linen shorts I just posted the other day as well as my pale raspberry pants from last summer.
The colors of this shirt actually remind me of one of those faded medieval tapestries. Do you know what I mean?
Now just between you and me, I happen to know that Queen of the quilting cotton dress, Dolly Clacket, purchased the same tractor-print fabric on her recent visit to NYC. Let's see which side of the tractor print she uses.
Have you ever sewn with the wrong side out?
Have a great day, everybody!