Sewing for spring: chambray shirt #SewFrugal22

I’m sewing a lot, and not posting on the blog as much as I’d like. A few life updates are keeping me busy and an incoming move approach. Knowing this, I tried to sew as much as possible and not buying new fabric. 99% of my spring sewing plan is to sew with fabric in my stash, and I’m quite pleased with the progress. Also my fabric stash was surprisingly cohesive in colors: navy, light blue, pink and light pink, white, cream and beige.

The third project (check out my floral top and gingham dress on my Instagram!) on this “spring capsule” is what I made for #SewFrugal2022, a light blue chambray shirt. A classic cut, that I know I’ll wear a lot and will match what I already have. These pictures were all in my pinterest board for spring, there is definitely a theme here 🙂

I got the fabric last October when Core Fabrics had their thanksgiving sales, it’s not available anymore in the color medium blue, but the light color is currently on sale! This fabric is perfect for a shirt, it drapes and move beautifully and it feels almost like silk. I really love it.

For the pattern I went for the Noa Shirt by the Fabrics-Store, and also in this case I highly recommend it. My experience with their free patterns is very positive. I made at least 5 and they all fit well on me and they come with clear instructions. I made a size 4/6 (my measures are 35-29-39.5”) with only one alteration: I finished the hem with bias binding, and the inside seams are french seams. I opted for these finishes to have a shirt that is nice both inside and outside (with an extra touch of color inside the garment). The fit is slightly oversized, which works very well combined with the tencel chambray. I love making shirts and all the details that come with it so for me it was quite a relaxing project.

And these are a few outfits ideas, pairing it with my existing wardrobe.


Here’s a cost breakdown for this project:

  • Fabric: 1.5 yards of Lightweight Tencel™Chambray – Medium Denim (57” wide) from Core Fabrics $26.40 (I got it on sale).
  • Notions: buttons from my grandma’s stash
  • Pattern: free pattern

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