Help Me Get Flamingos Into My Life

Help! What do I do with this flamingo fabric? I’m in love with it but I’m afraid I’m going to sew something that will make me look seven years old.


It’s one meter of mid-weight cotton jersey. I’ve photographed it with some leftover modal jersey I used for my Plantain Tee that seems to be a good match…because maybe all-over flamingo would be too much? Maybe colour-blocking is the way to go? The background is a pinkish cream colour (hard to photograph correctly), so finding a solid coordinating colour has been difficult.

Is there a pattern for a top that you think I could pull off with this fabric? The fact that it’s cotton jersey increases the odds that I’ll look like I’m wearing kids’ clothing. I’ve seen some great flamingo-print tops like this one by Lauren of Lladybird, or this one featured on Sweet Shard’s blog, but they’re made of floatier, more sophisticated fabrics.

Should I throw caution to the wind and go for a basic tee, and hope it looks something like this Kate Spade silk-viscose tee below? I suppose it could always be worn as a pyjama top if my unrealistic, high-end-on-a-dollar-budget expectations aren’t met. 🙂

Any suggestions you have would be most appreciated!

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24 thoughts on “Help Me Get Flamingos Into My Life

    • You know, I had been thinking raglan, too. Unfortunately I don’t think I have enough solid fabric for the sleeves…but maybe there’s still some left at the store. So many options now! Thanks for the suggestion.


    • Thanks, Dalia! Both suggestions are really cute, but I absolutely ADORE the Vanessa Pouzet top. (Perhaps I’m blinded by how gorgeous it is on that model, though.) If I don’t make it with this flamingo fabric, I will definitely try it with something else.


  1. I don’t think it’ll make you look like a kid. The T is great and I was also going to suggest the baseball tee. Or you know what? You could look for a slightly dressier knit top pattern. Could be as simple as a neckline switch, maybe a scoop or boatneck? I’m trying to think of a pattern but it isn’t working because I haven’t had my coffee yet…. (And I just realized the T you showed likely has a boatneck and a curved seam. See? Lack of coffee…)

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  2. I’m glad you asked because I have the same fabric and am just as stumped! I am leaning away from color blocking, though. I think that would put it more into the kid’s clothes territory.

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  3. If you haven’t checked out Rhonda’s Creative Life today, there’s a very nice T-shirt at the bottom of the post and the pattern is FREE. I also like Denise’s bra idea. Bra and shorts. Too cute.

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  4. Raglan sleeve top. Body in plain (gorgeous colour!) and sleeves, hem and neck binding in flamingo.

    I made a long sleeve raglan top like this – navy body and sleepy cloud sleeves. I love it. I made my own pattern by pretty much just drawing round a raglan sleeve shop bought top and reading about a hundred tutorials online.

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