Saturday, December 7, 2013

Grunge Revisited: Butterick 5924 and Ottobre 02/2007-3

When the Sewcialists started tweeting about the Grunge Sew Along last month, I knew there was no way I could miss that.
Grunge was my daily uniform all through high school and some of college. Of course, that means that I had to find a way to make the look work for me now. As a grown up.
I'm not sure I was fully successful, but I'm feeling pretty nostalgic, and I'm loving it!
Phase one (once I had my jeans) was a tee shirt. Back in the day, I wore a lot of oversized, man shaped concert and band tees, often layering several at a time.
As a nod to those layered tees, I decided to make a fitted tee with contrast sleeve and neckbands in a muted cornflower blue.
I added the iconic "Nevermind" from Nirvana's album. I thought it would be a recognizable, but not totally obvious logo.
The pattern I used is Ottobre 02/2007-3. I shortened the sleeve to cap length and added a hem band. I used a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint to make the logo. The fabric is a soft rayon jersey from FabricMart.
Of course, no proper grunge outfit was complete without a flannel shirt. Most of mine came from the thrift store back in the day. For my look, I wanted something with some shape, and maybe an interesting detail to set it apart from the lumberjack flannels I once wore.
I chose Butterick 5924 for the cool bias panels on the lower half of the shirt, and also for the bust dart, which adds a bit of shape. I love the chevron in back. The fabric is a cotton flannel from FabricMart.
I used brushed nickel snaps as the closure. I never buttoned up a flannel shirt, and I don't expect I will this one, so I like the flash of metal the snaps provide on both sides.
I think I managed recognizably grunge without the unfortunate two sizes two big look I sported as a teen. I am actually having a lot of fun wearing this today, and the flannel shirt is totally cozy as I watch more snow fall.

14 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! I love all the pics and you look like 18 in these pictures again. I've watched you work on this on Instagram and wondered about the pattern. It's a good one that you should use again!

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  2. Cute! I love it! Now, for some doc martens . .

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  3. Thanks! I wasn't sure about the pattern when I started, but it really is a good one. I'm starting to see the benefit to having TNTs. You inspire me, lady!

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  4. I very much love this! I was very grunge back in the day myself. The whole ensemble looks great together. You know, I miss all my pearl jam and Metallica tees...

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  5. Very cute look. I like your shirt and the theme.

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  6. I was getting really nostalgic for my old tees as I was sewing this too!

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  7. You look about 20 years younger than you are! I'm impressed that you posed for pix in short sleeves IN THE SNOW.

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  8. The hair! The JEANS! Everything about this is really awesome. And as I said elsewhere, you're channeling a bit of Alanis.

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  9. Love! I adore the flannel shirt, I'll have to look at that pattern.

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  10. Love this outfit! Based on the pattern envelop, I never would have given this shirt a second look, but you're right that the details really make the difference.

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  11. I love your grunge look! I especially love your hair down- hot mama!!!!

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  12. Just started the muslin last night. Thanks for sharing you look fab!

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