Happiness is a Peanuts Shirt – PART 1
Greetings, readers, from my home quarantine to yours!
Two weeks ago I purchased three yards of this Peanuts quilting cotton. It’s called “The Gang’s All Here Toss” — toss referring to the fact that the beloved Peanuts characters are scrambled all over the fabric in a seemingly random pattern. It’s by Springs Creative and can be found online pretty easily (it’s originally from 2019). I was particularly drawn to it since teal is a good color for me, and, of course, I love all the Peanuts characters, who were a big part of my childhood. I even played Snoopy in my high school production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
|Somebody left out an apostrophe, but what can you do?
Since it’s kind of an overwhelming pattern, I thought I might use a contrast solid for the inside collar and cuffs. Also on eBay, I found someone selling a fabric lot of polka dot scraps in many different colors, which I purchased. I could see a lot of the colors working with the fabric but in the end I narrowed it down to the black (second from the left, bottom row) and the brown (upper row, far right).
I started on the collar to see how it would look with the contrast fabrics. I ended up choosing the black (which after laundering, actually turned out to be a very, very deep brown).
|The brown with the larger polka dots.
|The black (which laundered to a very, very dark brown) next to the original brown.
This also made the choice of topstitching thread easier: I chose black from among the many possibilities in my thread stash.
Here’s the finished collar. I know, it looks like it’s cut upside down but this is how the characters landed in the toss. I was going to recut it until I realized that on the finished shirt, with all the characters scrambled every which way, it’s going to look just fine (you’ll see).
Next I made my cuffs, also with the black(ish) polka dot contrast fabric and the black topstitching thread.
Next, I worked on my sleeve plackets. Normally I’m not a huge fan of black topstitching (it’s very unforgiving) but it looks fine here; there’s a lot of black in the print.
I managed to get most of the shirt done today. I still have to make buttonholes, add buttons, and hem and I may add a breast pocket. That’s for tomorrow.
And that’s it! This shirt is very cheerful looking and cheerful is what we can use a lot of these days. Maybe I can even convince Michael to do an outdoor photoshoot. Dare I whip up a matching mask?
Have a great day, everybody, and stay healthy!