Once upon a time there was a big fabric sale and this gingham knit caught the eye of a seamstress, although she was unsure what the outcome of their encounter would be. The resulting product has won the girl’s heart, despite looking like a picnic blanket.

 It makes me so happy… I have no idea why. 

 Maybe because it’s super light, cool, and comfortabbbble. Soft. Flattering. And doesn’t need a tank top underneath.

 And it took all of 25 minutes to make. I have enough fabric left for another, so I’ll try to do a tutorial… no promises though. πŸ™‚

 Shirt and Skirt made by me, Earrings from Walmart. Hat from Target. 
What I love about printed tops is that they are such a fantastic way to beef up the style points. High contrast prints such as stripes or gingham in knit have a modern edge to them that says you ain’t afraid of no spunk, doll. Yet, they stay classic and endearing. πŸ™‚

 When I did errands in town this afternoon I threw on a cowgirl hat. Because I could. I think I get more respect with it on. Right? of course right.

What are your favorite prints? What about them is fun or classy? Are you mostly a printed or a solid shirt kind of girl?

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51 thoughts on “Picnic Time!”

  1. That shirt is awesome! I love looking at print clothing on other people, but mostly tend to wear solid colour, knit shirts myself. Especially if they have ruffles or other detail on them.
    My sister and I were wondering, is your new e-book coming out in July?

    1. It would be really awesome if I could get it done by then, but I'm just not finding the time to work on it right now. :-/ I reallllly hope to get it done this summer, though maybe not in July. Sorry I can't give a definite answer! πŸ™‚

  2. I like the shirt. I have a question though. For those of us who don't know how to sew, would you consider making shirts/skirts and selling them?

    -Keri

    1. O.K. I think I'll ask my mom to teach me. The co-op that I'm going to this fall was offering a sewing class but we were too late to sign me up for it.

      -Keri

  3. ok this is way more beautiful then it looked on my phone. I love it! I think I need to make one now. πŸ˜‰ (hint hint I think you have a little mail to send my way ;))
    I tend to wear more solid detailed tops unless its stripes which are my favorite print and I could wear them everyday! πŸ™‚

  4. This is adorable. No really, I love this. Alright, I know I said that brown looked good on you, but blue does too. And the cowgirl hat added the perfect touch =D

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

  5. I love prints. And a length of pink gingham (about the size of yours) has caught my eye at Jo-Ann's now for awhile. I picture it in a full circle skirt. It would be adorbs! But my family's tendency to also think "picnic" has kept me from making the fabric my own. I may just have to take the plunge. I love how your shirt turned out!

  6. That is SO Adorable!! And it looks SO super comfy. I love clothes that are fashionable, look good, feminine, and COMFORTABLE! That is such a must with me. And I have to feel comfortable in it. If I'm constantly having to adjust to make sure my shirt doesn't slip down or whatever, then the day ends up being miserable.
    I don't think you look like a picnic basket, but you look like you're ready to go on a picnic. πŸ™‚
    Can't wait to see the tutorial!!!!!

  7. Ooh!! That is gorgeous!! Can I have one?? My birthday is coming up soon… πŸ™‚ I have a dress that is made of red and white plaid, so I look even MORE like a picnic table! I like to look like I'm going on a picnic… πŸ™‚

  8. I love the outfit! But my fav piece of the outfit is definitely the hat. I live in the city, but I love the western look. And I agree about getting more respect with the hat on. Whenever I wear mine to Walmart, I seem to get a lot more looks, and end up in more conversations with strangers. O by the way, I did an "Awkward and Awesome" post on my blog, and credited you for the idea. Just wanted to let you know! πŸ™‚

    http://trueelegance92.blogspot.com/2012/06/awkward-and-awesome.html

  9. Yes yes yes, please do a tutorial….I looooove that shirt! πŸ™‚

    I've just been kind of lurking on your blog for a couple months now, but I love it! You do such a great job of being totally dedicated to God and modesty while making it seem so….doable, I guess! It's inspiring πŸ™‚ And you and your outfits are always adorable!

  10. How darling!! I love your shirt, and it looks perfect with the cowgirl hat:)
    I generally wear solid colored knit shirts, although I have a few floral and striped ones. For blouses, I prefer retro floral prints, gingham and polka dots.:)

  11. I never comment, even though I *looooove* your site and check it just about a gazillion times a day, but this time I just HAD to (or in other words, I'm begging). I would LOOOOOOOOVE a tutorial!!! *hint hint hint* This shirt is so me (in fact, the whole outfit is), and if I were smart (or in other words, if I wasn't lazy) I'd try to duplicate it on my own. Problem is, any and every time I've tried making a knit shirt it always ends in disaster. I've decided the knit fabric I have on hand is too stretchy and limp- ugh. I'd go buy fabric tonight if I knew how to make this shirt though…

    (….tutorial for the grey butterfly would be lovely-est, too….just another *hint hint hint*!)

    Anyhow, perhaps I won't make myself such a stranger in the comment box from now on. πŸ™‚ Love your style, but even moreso how you live out your faith. I've been watching for years, and you've never compromised your standards for fashion- I really, really appreciate that. Keep on dressing to shine God's light!

    Blessings to you, sistah!
    Toria

  12. That's a cute outfit!! I like to wear solids more as opposed to prints though (in terms of me actually wearing them), but I'll wear plaid shirts. πŸ™‚

  13. That looks SO good on you! Very flattering!:)
    Are you wearing that skirt AGAIN!;p..jk It's cute, I understand why.
    You rock with that Cowgirl hat!

  14. Lovely outfit! I really like prints but I don't wear them that often, so I probably tend to be more of a "solid shirt" girl….
    I think that a tutorial on how to make the shirt is a great idea πŸ™‚

  15. That top is absolutely lovely! πŸ˜€ I love how it's fitted, but modest, and when you bend over- yeah, you don't need a tank top underneath! πŸ˜‰ I cannot wait to start sewing this summer. πŸ˜€

    -Grace
    -thatsmilingblog.blogspot.com

  16. Yes, please, pLEASE to a tutorial!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I absolutely love that outfit – and the cowgirl hat is awesome with it. πŸ˜€

  17. oh PRETTY PRETTY PLEASEEEEEEEE do a tutorial!!!!! I LOVE that shirt and would LOVE to make for yours truly!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

    I LOVE the cowgirl hat!!!! you look great!!!! πŸ™‚ (I think i have the same one — except i think it might be a little more cream color– i love it!!)

    -Laura

  18. I am in love with that shirt!!! I love gingham! I have a red gingham skirt, and I love it…gingham is the perfect amount of country, fun, and feminine mix.

  19. Just love the shirt. OH YES PLEASE do a tutorial:) But I know that you are a very busy person.But it be awesome if you could.
    Much Love
    Betsy

  20. This looks seriously SO NICE!! That shirt is great! PLEASE do a tutorial!!! πŸ™‚
    The hat really tops the whole thing off – totally my style!
    You and your blog has really been a blessing to me, thankyou for making this great effort to inspire your sisters in Christ!
    Keep looking to JESUS!
    Love,
    Emily

  21. I am with Emily Grace, PLEASE do a tutorial. How did you pull off so many yes's and get such a beautiful outcome? Yes on the high neck, yes to the amount of sleeve length, good shirt and length, and the cut is so fashionable. What I am liking is the all of 25 minutes it took to make, and it is certain that you look just like a doll, but one the Lord has approved too. Throw on the cow girl hat girl because you can and it looks great with it all…and that might be the one point I disagree with, heck I know you feel this way too "dressing outside the box but inside his book"…the respect of others isn't always how to measure, but when we respect the Lord we do respect others too. πŸ˜‰ I am a print girl myself when it comes right down to it. Seems like solids are more in fashion over all, but I am just no escaping it. A print girl. This jean skirt is so charming, so if you are in a real bind for time…I'd say keep working on your skirts ebook that thing will be a treasure to have. Your blog says…skirts were meant for females, no question about it. I love the picnic blanket look on you, its a wow with that blue too. Wish I could stumble across some myself. And I do have a swim shirt to show off I made with your tabbie design I will have to blog about soon, when I do I'll send you a linky. It turned out simply adorable!!! A big thanks to your swim ebook, design idea and pointers about the top construction in a comment.

  22. Olivia…I LOVE this outfit sooooooo much!!!!!! The skirt is gorgeous with the gingham print shirt! By the way…You are Gorgeous!!!!!

    Blessings,
    Mylena

    1. alrighty thanks πŸ™‚ I can't wait to make one! I just found your blog the other day, I am so inspired by all the outfits! I don't really wear skirts very much but I am going to wear more now, usually I'm confused as to what tops to pair with them but the outfits you put together are so cute and fashionable that I have to try! I'm also a homeschooled Jesus-loving country girl teen and I think your blog is just so so so awesome πŸ™‚ Keep up the fabulous work!!!!! πŸ™‚

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