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« on: May 17, 2007 02:26:32 PM »

I'm so proud to have finished a sewing project for once that I had to show off.

Several months ago I picked up this (cheesy? Wonderful?) home decor fabric from a thrift store. I liked the Asian brushstroke thing, and the little parrot.

For many months I wondered how to use it. Cushions? curtains? Tapestry?

About a week ago I decided I wanted to make a dress for a wedding next month. I bought a pattern and a silk remnant. While I was hemming and hawing about cutting into the silk and wanting something to practice on, it hit me... the best way to decorate with the parrot fabric was to hang it on my closit door.

 I folded the skirt-part of the pattern up short to make a top. The hardest part was getting all the images where I wanted them. I managed to squeeze the best motif onto the front and cut the waistband and shoulder straps from the borders. The whole piece, including the lining, fit onto the ... oh... yard and a quarter of fabric.

(Update:) Okay, I think this is the non-blurry one. There's this thing called a flash on my camera. I'm still learning how to use it.

The back view:

On me: (That's my other kitty, Magellan, in my armpit there)

Now I have something to wear to Florida next month. Next project: to make a coordinating pair of capri's from my husband's old work pants!
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2007 02:30:12 PM »

aw that's really pretty!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2007 02:33:07 PM »

Very nice!  What pattern did you use?

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2007 02:49:55 PM »

Yes!  great positioning with the fabric
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2007 03:07:33 PM »


The pattern is Simplicity 4119, with half the skirt cut off. Also, I had to use three little darts in the bust because the fabric was too heavy to gather a double thickness. It left this huge bubble between the fabric and the lining that pulled the top out of shape. They apparently intended it to be made with something lighter.

Simplicity patterns 3956 and 4127 are true top patterns in similar style - but not quite the same.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2007 03:09:21 PM »

Glorious! That is amazing, in every sense. Looks good, looks well made, and the fabric positioning is genius.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2007 03:35:25 PM »

Great top and really great fabric choice.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2007 04:28:37 PM »

I love how you used the border print to delineate the top band. Have fun in Florida...here's hoping we're not still on fire when you arrive.
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2007 10:19:30 PM »

Really great precision there! The overall look is just precious Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007 12:05:29 AM »

that turned out great .. and cool way to use such a small peice of fabric in a really interesting way

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