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Play on Pinstripes – The Best Fabric Finds and Sewing Inspiration

Spring 2017 is the time to have a play with pinstripes. This classic, masculine fabric has been given a wonderfully new feminine edge, with catwalk designers and high street brands changing up shirt silhouettes and embracing a more subtle stripe.


There are so many exciting new shapes and ways to work the pinstripe trend and use it in your own home-sewn wardrobe. Here are our tops shape ideas from the high street.

The workwear shirt has been given a touch of elegance by adding a feminine, floral embroidery. This could be either hand sewn or you could use a ready made embroidered motif.


Shirt from Long Tall Sally

Here, cuts are taken in a new direction with tie-front details and added panelling.


Shirt from Oliver Bonas

Pinstripes are also used on the continuing exposed-shoulder trend, giving this fabric an altogether new folksy charm.


Shirt by Very

For a simple-yet-staple shape, you could stick with a fluted-sleeve tunic. Add an embroidered motif to keep the look feminine and to introduce a pop of colour.


Shirt from Simply Be

We just couldn’t resist sharing this with you! Here’s a novel way to work an old mens shirt!

For some helpful hints on sewing with pinstripe we found Sewaholic’s blog post to be really useful too.

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Image from Sewaholic

Our top three shirt patterns to make in pnstripe are: Mccalls M7546, the oversized shirt by The Makers Atelier and the shirt with three collars by Louis Antoinette – all available through The Foldline website.

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For great fabrics see our Pinterest board, we have also added some helpful tutorials on embroidery in there too.

Our favourite pinstripe fabrics can be found at Truro, Acorn Fabrics and Minerva Crafts

We would love to hear your comments on this post and as always please send in your DIY makes either via our Facebook page or Instagram

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