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Topic: **Edited: Pockets added** Built by Wendy paisley top  (Read 2608 times)
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seams-all-together
« on: June 03, 2007 07:54:16 PM »

Hello!
This weekend I made a couple of tops from a Simplicity Built by Wendy pattern (3835.) The first one has been photographed, and I'm ready to share.



The material for the front and back is a $1.50 remnant of cotton paisley that I found at Hobby Lobby. It is not a print that I would normally use for a top, because it is so big  ... But I said "what the heck" and made it anyway. 
The sleeves are made out of some sort of sac I found at Goodwill for 49 cents. The material of the sac is a gauze-like cotton of some sort, which I like a lot.



The pattern calls for elastic in the sleeves, but I did not do that. This gives the sleeves a great deal of airy-ness, which is necessary during hot&humid Kansas summers.

Have a look at the sac from which the sleeves are made ... pretty thrifty, huh?
I wonder if it was used to hold ballets during elections?



Thanks for looking.  Comments are appreciated:-)
Drea

**Edited** I'm Back with a new pic b/c I wanted to show you the pockets I added...



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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007 08:06:44 PM »

Very cute.  Love the paisley!
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007 08:11:08 PM »

I find it very simple and pretty. I like the sleeves, they have great drape!
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2007 09:27:34 PM »

Thank you:-)
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2007 08:23:42 AM »

Where do you shop for your fabric?  I also really liked the one you used for your lotus skirt a lot.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2007 08:33:14 AM »

Looks like a very comfy summer top, I can't wait to try some of these bbw tops. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2007 08:48:27 AM »

I have this pattern too, I can't wait to try it out!
I think the pockets are a great addition!
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007 09:37:35 AM »

very cute! I love this pattern, simple but that's what makes it great! and the pockets are a great addition.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007 10:38:19 PM »

Your shirt looks great. One question - how did you get the casing around the neck to turn out so even? I tried a similar shirt and the pattern said to roll, stitch, then roll and stitch again, making a pocket. Well, on a round neck I had problems - how to ease in the "extra" . . . Bias tape? If so, how??
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seams-all-together
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2007 05:13:36 PM »

Hey everyone.  Here is an answer to the question above from Lisa...
Getting the casing even takes a few steps.  I didn't use any bias tape.  All you do is fold and pin approx. 5/8" of the neckline over to the wrong side ... do this around the entire neckline.  Then press w/ iron (very important.)  Next take the pins out and fold the raw edge of the 1st fold over about 1/4" and pin.  Then sew close to the fold and press.  There didn't really seam to be much "extra" to ease in.  You do the same for the casing on the sleeves.  If you fold over the same amount the all the way around ... then it should come out even. 
Happy sewing,
Drea
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