Well holy camoley. I posted this in January 2010, and only NOW, October, did I find this image of Drape Drape project #3:http://madamechoup.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/drape-drape-3.jpeg
Apparently I'm not the only one who thought hip-gathers were awesome! Just blows my mind that Miss Hisako Sato did it the EXACT same way!
I'd wanted to try stenciling on a shirt for a long while, so I made my boyfriend a shirt, as seen here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336034.0
He said it was far too silly for him to wear, though
So, being inspired by the many beautiful garments on ModCloth, I refashioned it for my own porpoises. I pondered how to gather in just the hips, did some cutting, some sewing, and redid the shoulder line and armholes. For the sleeves, I just gathered the sleeve cap and used sparkly white elastic around the sleeve hem.
Closer view of the hip gathering:
And from the shoulder, showing off the hilarious quote:
I find the juxtaposition of the the sweet-girl styling and the anime images to be absolutely hilarious
I feel so ready for a shopping trip 'round Tokyo, despite it being thousands of miles away, haha!
I was hemming and hawing about adding a how-to from the start, so here it is:
You need a shirt that fits well or a pattern. You only need from the waist upwards, because the gathers lie at the waist on the final product. Align the pattern pieces with the neckhole of the big shirt, cut away the armholes and sides down to the waist. At the waist, you'll need to draw a straight line from 2 inches in from the "new" sides out to the side seam of the big shirt. Sew up the new side seams FIRST. Then gather the hip-gathers and sew the gathered edge to the free edge of the upper part. Trim the seams off the original sleeves, gather the sleeve hem however you please (I like elastic cuz it's fast and easy), gather the sleeve cap and reattach to the main body of the shirt.
*PLEASE NOTE* I used BurdaStyle's Lydia pattern in size 34 and generally wear size medium. That BARELY worked out for this men's size medium shirt. I would recommend using a men's size large or extra large if your bust is greater than 34 inches.