Sandie goes ultra-rural

Sandie shirt with ruffles and zip

This week I’ve got some fun variations of the Sandie shirt to show you.

Sandie is a new minimal waste pattern and it’s in my shop now. Please enjoy 25% off during May.

But first, remember last week I told you about the real Sandie? Here’s a photo of her when she was young. I didn’t know her then; she was much older with grown-up children when we met.

Sandie Davies

Sandie with ruffles

Sandie shirt with ruffles

The Sandie shirt has instructions for adding ruffles to the yokes and changing the collar to a short stand collar.

Sandie with ruffles and chicken
Sandie with ruffles front closeup
I used elastic button looping (often used on bridal gowns) for the front 21 buttons, and extended the button shield all the way up to the neck.
Sandie with ruffles and even closer closeup

This fabric was a gift from the stash of my late neighbour, years ago. It’s finally found the right garment!

Sandie with ruffles seated pose
Here’s a seated pose.
Did I overdo the ruffles? Maybe. I’ve never worn a shirt like this in my life, not even in the 1970s, but I really like it!

Sandie with a zip

The Sandie shirt can have a front zip rather than buttons and loops. It can also have straight, cuffless sleeves but I cut this one with regular cuffs.

Sandie shirt with zip sketch

When Mr Haywood tried it on, I mentioned that I believe this is what’s known as a “shacket”, a cross between a jacket and a shirt. His reply will go unrecorded.

Sandie shirt with zip and chicken

The shirt pattern has notes on modifying it to fit a man better. For this shirt, I went up one size (but could have gone up two) and did the changes for the sleeves.

This fabric is brushed cotton twill, very stable and easy to sew with. I had some spare fabric so I cut some large patch pockets for the front. Although the body is cut on the bias and the pockets are on the straight, the fabric is stable enough to support them. I had the shirt hanging up for a couple of weeks but the bias didn’t drop.

Sandie shirt with zip front closeup
Sandie shirt with zip back view

This was one of the most entertaining photo shoots! Our 10 year old took the photos and handled the chicken.

I wondered what our neighbours thought as they drove past our front paddock – they gave us friendly toots!

Sandie shirt with ruffles and zip serious pose
Sandie with ruffles and zip fashion pose
Sandie shirt with ruffles and zip laughing



  1. Barkat on May 19, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Classic Sandie shirt. Great looking look. I like design.

    • lizhaywood on May 19, 2021 at 9:57 pm

      Many thanks, Barkat 🙂

  2. Michelle Cahill on May 19, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    These pictures are terrific. The chicken is a scene stealer! A Shacket would be an excellent spring/fall wardrobe addition.

    • lizhaywood on May 20, 2021 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Michelle! I predict chickens are going to be the new must-have accessory 🙂

  3. Elaine on May 21, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I love me some ruffles!! :O) I am a late 70s / early 80s teen and my mum and I shopped a lot at what was Paddy’s Market in Brisbane. I had many, many shirts with ruffles. Not sure I would wear them now but I loved them at the time and they were my “Sunday” clothes, which later became my work clothes.

    Elaine in Brisbane

    • lizhaywood on May 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks for the reminisce Elaine 🙂
      I’m partial to a ruffle too but I think I missed out on them by about half a decade, being an 80s teen, although Hollie Hobbie was big on ruffles.

      • Elaine on May 23, 2021 at 9:40 am

        Gosh Hollie Hobbie, that takes me back too. I loved her. Funnily enough I just found some old birthday cards that I have cut up and re-made into new greeting cards for a charity. It was an absolute delight. You just don’t get that kind of innocence anymore.


      • lizhaywood on May 23, 2021 at 3:15 pm

        Hi Elaine, I hadn’t thought of Holly Hobbie for years until that last comment.
        We almost never saw her face, did we? It was always hidden by her huge bonnet.

  4. Elaine on May 24, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Liz

    Yes, the bonnet was always huge from the images I remember and if you did happen to see her face, I remember a very fine line drawn face with lots of curly hair, red I think. I will have to have another look at some of my much loved old books that I passed along for my great-niece.

    Have a great day and thanks for the memories. I have been reading your blog for a little while now and I am truly inspired by what you are doing with the zero waste. I love seeing the garments that you make.


    • lizhaywood on May 24, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      Cheers Elaine!

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