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« on: July 11, 2007 04:02:45 PM »

my MIL gave me a thrifted button shirt to recon into a dress, but it turned out to have a big rip right along the placket (that's fancy for "the part of the shirt with the buttons/buttonholes." just learned that. who knew?). anywho, so i thought i'd make a top. and then this happened...

i was thinkin' i'd do the pleats in a solid color, and as i stifled a yawn, the unused Walmart Elvises (Elvi?) were like, "hey baby..." so i took a chance. i consider myself to be pattern-mixing challenged, so hopefully this doesn't look like crazy clown outfit i live in fear of.

the pleats open up when she walks. hee.

the top edge and one strap are edged in the Elvis fabric. the other strap is pure King. there is even a little Elvis head on top of her right shoulder. they are that way due to my indecisiveness, but i'm gonna try and pull it off as creative flair. shhhhhhhhh, don't tell!

the straps angle in on the back to make up for the fact that i really wanted to do criss-cross straps, but i didn't end up making my straps long enough. if you look closely, you can see my pink zigzags over my criss-cross attempt mishap - had the straps safety pinned on and was trying to wrangle the girl out of the dress when it ripped. ouch. i was thinking of sewing a little olive green ribbon bow over it. too much? also, if you look really closely, you can see the yellow Ralph Lauren polo player logo. ha ha.

and finally... as modeled by my patchy lawn...

thanks for looking! questions/comments/thoughts always welcome.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2007 04:08:50 PM »

I have that same Elvis fabric! Isn't it great? It looks adorable with the plaid.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007 04:13:29 PM »

This is so sweet- I love it!

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007 04:17:50 PM »

Well who wouldn't want a little Elvis on their shoulder?HuhHuh I think it looks very very cute and you did a great job with the pleats

« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2007 04:56:48 PM »

Very cute!

« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2007 05:02:59 PM »

Wow, LOVE IT.  and cute kiddo photos too.  I will be on the lookout for some retro fabrics for some clothes.  great job.

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007 05:25:52 PM »

NO WAY!! NO CLOWNS HERE!!! I love it!!!! You has great taste!!! You should post more!!! I love all your stuff!

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007 05:56:49 PM »

that rocks - isn't it fun when things don't go according to plan?  That's when all the good stuff happens  Smiley

« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2007 06:27:16 PM »

Elvis would be proud!
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2007 09:00:43 PM »

thanks everybody! Smiley

I have that same Elvis fabric! Isn't it great? It looks adorable with the plaid.
it's really fab. i have a bunch of it and a couple other Elvis ones as well. i haven't quite figured out what to do with it, but expect to see more!

You should post more!!! I love all your stuff!
sadly, i HAVE posted all my stuff. did i mention how slooooooow i am? i have no idea how y'all crank this stuff out! i've been accusing people of having otherworldly minions to do their sewing at night, and i'm beginning to have my suspicions about you too, missymiss. Wink

that rocks - isn't it fun when things don't go according to plan?  That's when all the good stuff happens  Smiley
absolutely! there's nothin' like holes, stains, and whatnot for inspiring creativity.
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