The Breton stripe trend of last year kind of passed me by. Right after seeing the movie “Coco Avant Chanel”, I was all prepared to jump on the Breton stripe bandwagon, but it just never happened. Even though I like the look, when I realized how many stores in the mall were carrying these fisherman striped shirts, I just could not bring myself to purchase one.
My Breton stripe breakthrough came a few weeks ago, when Susie Bubble wore this shirt and I said, “I must have it!” Then I read an interview with Susie Bubble in the New York Times style section, and she pointed out that some designers ask her not to publish detail photos because she’s so influential and manufacturers use her blog to decide which knockoffs to produce. And here I am, knocking something off that she wore. Oh, well.
I went to my trusty computer and came up with a nice design that I sent off to Spoonflower. It is so much fun to get fabric printed out that my Spoonflower habit could well become a line item on the monthly budget. The fabric is a blue horizontal and vertical stripe with small reddish-purple dots, and some white bits to keep the whole thing from looking too frenzied. The organic cotton knit from Spoonflower feels fantastic. Thick and spongy and soft. It is for sale here. On the computer screen, the stripes look solid blue. If you are interested in buying it, please look at the closeup photo below to get an idea of what color the stripes are. They are not solid blue. They have small reddish-purple dots.
My initial iteration had the front piece all striped, but when I hung it on my form, it just looked like too much. I should have taken a photo. Then I un-picked the seams and re-cut the front piece with a bit of white at the top. I like it so much better.