Light Gray Gingham Shirt

light gray gingham shirt

I’ve been holding on to this piece of shirting fabric for nearly a year and finally got around to using it. The pattern and fit is nearly identical to the last shirt I finished, which was made from a light blue oxford cloth. This fabric is a small check white and gray gingham that is tightly woven and very crisp. The weight is a little heavier than I would prefer (I find that I like lighter and lighter weight shirtings regardless of season), but I’m sure it will soften with repeated washings.

The only pattern adjustment I made was to the length of the collar. I actually need to trim it a little more because it is overlapping just a little too much at center front. The only time this would be a problem is if I want to wear a tie, which happens once, maybe twice a year.


light gray gingham shirt

So I could have posed in my living room for a proper fit picture, but I tend to like candid shots better even if they are blurry, grainy, low light iPhone pictures. This is me hanging out in between giant pallets of beer at Good People Brewing in Birmingham, AL. If you are ever in the Birmingham area and like beer, definitely make a stop at Good People. I highly recommend the Snake Handler double IPA.


Speaking of beer, I happen to do a little brewing from time to time. I’ve decided to create a section on the blog for all of my brewing adventures. This is mostly a way for me to keep track of my brew sessions, recipes, and tasting notes, but for anyone who is interested in small batch all-grain brewing, there is a link in top menu. I realize that a lot of people have zero interest in beer on a sewing/clothing blog, so I’ll try to keep the beer related posts on this separate page.

Cheers, happy sewing!

11 Responses to “Light Gray Gingham Shirt”

  1. Ginger — February 11, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous! This fits you beautifully and looks so crisp! Well done!

  2. Andrew — February 11, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    It looks as though your pocket is ever slightly on the bias along the top edge. Is the pocket slanted, or is that just a slight mis-fold?

    As for brewing and sewing, I’m a big fan, and I’m sure Drunk Tailor ( ) supports it as well. πŸ™‚

  3. Taylor — February 11, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Thanks Ginger!

  4. Taylor — February 11, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    That would be a slight mis-fold, or slight shift when I stitched down the inside edge of the pocket. One disadvantage of checks or stripes is that mistakes like this one are more apparent.

  5. Sarah — February 14, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    I disagree! Beer and sewing go perfectly together! I’d love to hear about your sewing AND beer making πŸ™‚

  6. mainelydad — February 14, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Very nice collar shape. Enjoy wearing your new shirt!

  7. Drew — February 16, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Nicely done!
    What machine are you using to do the buttonholes? Is it a standard home-model do-everything machine?

  8. Taylor — February 16, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Thanks Drew! I’m actually using an attachment for my industrial machine. It moves the fabric back and forth to create a “zig zag” stitch. I’ll do a post about it at some point.


  9. Drew — February 16, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    re: the pattern not matching up on the pocket — so what. I think it adds a lot.

  10. Jay — March 14, 2013 @ 2:42 am

    Looks awesome! I recently make a blue gingham shirt that is my current favorite and I would gladly make another – although sewing the stuff made me think I was going blind…

  11. Turina — August 7, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    Love blog, love your sewing, so professional and neat! I also second the beer and sewing posts hehe.

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