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« on: October 17, 2004 07:33:25 PM »

Heres 2 shirts that ive made recently. let me know what you think!

this one is made of squares of fabric that i got from my friends grandma--grandmas are aweosome for stuff like this! [the strips are uneven at the bottom on purpose] the straps are black with ribbon sewn on top.

back view of the same shirt. please ignore the bra straps and bad swimmers tan  Grin

made from random scraps i had laying around. planning on putting lace across front so it doesnt show as much (boy do i just love dress codes!)

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You need:    patterned fabric
   solid colored fabric
   Ribbon to match colors in patterned fabric
   Extra solid fabric for straps

1. Cut squares out of patterned fabric. All of the patterned strips will end up being the same length. (I used 5 X 5 squares)

2. Cut strips of the solid colored fabric. Make sure all of the strips are different lengths and make sure theyre not the same length as your patterned strips either.

3. Measure around yourself (at the widest spot), and make enough strips so that it fits w/ about 1 or so extra for attaching the zipper.


- Dont forget to subtract inch from the height of each square for seams. So if you have 5 squares that are 5 tall, expect your strip to be about 22 inches tall.
- If your patterned strips are 20, then make your solid ones vary from 18 to 22, increasing by , skipping 20.

4. Layer squares on top of each other and sew together (1 overlaps 2, 2 overlaps 3, etc.) Zigzag stitch where they overlap so that you can see the stitching. You could always make the seams nice and proper on the inside, but I thought it looked more fun this way. Also, sew a line along the bottom to keep it from unraveling. Don worry about hemming the top yet.

5.  Lay out all the strips in the order you want them to go.  **make sure strips that are going to be next to each other are at least 1 different in length. ** Overlap them just like the squares, only this time left over right. Sew them together, leaving an opening in the back center for the zipper. Dont forget to sew a line along the bottom of those too!

6. Hem along the top of the strip you just made.

7. Size the zipper so its as long as the shortest of the 2 sides in the back.

8. Fold under the sides and sew in the zipper.

9. Figure out how long the straps need to be and cut solid material that long plus 1.

10. Cut ribbon strips that are that long. Sew the ribbon (zigzag stitch) onto the material strips.

11. Attach straps

12. Try on the shirt and shape it by taking it in on the sides just like simple resizing or reconstruction.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2004 07:45:05 PM »

(first post ever...i will eventually get some pics of some of my stuff but whatever...) omg i love those both! there so awesome... i love how u mixed those different pieces, great job, love them both! (and yes grandmas are great for that type of thing, ive gotten so much stuff from mine!)
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2004 08:01:29 PM »

I really like the second one, its so cute. I like your bracelets too!

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2004 08:47:25 PM »

Ah!  Very cute!  I love them both, but especially the second one.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2004 09:27:38 PM »

im liking the purple/pink one, great job!
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2004 11:20:28 PM »

The first one is my favorite. How long did it take to whip up?

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2004 11:34:34 PM »

I love both, but how did you make the second one??? Smiley I totally want a tutorial if you can make one....


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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2004 06:50:01 AM »

 Grin i love the first one. kool in the extreme
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2004 07:20:33 AM »

i love love love love LOVE the staps on the first one. tut??

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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2004 02:18:01 PM »

The first shirt is so hall-closet in a house full of kids! It's a shirt that has so much color in it that anyone could get it to match whatever they were wearing.

The second is so pretty, I want to make one for myself! Tute would be super-nice of you Smiley

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