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« on: February 14, 2008 12:15:11 AM »

i'm so in love with this shirt pattern, i can't stop making them!

i've seen some shirts made like this, but they're always made in eensy weensy sizes, and i'd been wanting to develop my own pattern for them so that i could make them in MY size! so i finally got around to it, starting with a basic top pattern and altering it to add the yoke instead.

however, i still haven't made myself one, i just keep making them for everyone else!

i made one with black jersey interlock and owls for a personal swap




and with vintage yellow star print jersey and black, for the same swap



i did TRY to make myself one with the owl fabric, but it ended up too big in boobs (story of my life), so i gave it to my little sister, cause boobs weren't very fairly divided in my family Wink, and it definitely fit her! one day i'll get around to making myself one though, i swear!

valentine hooded top with stripes and red trim - and little red heart buttons!
i made this one for the love/hate valentine's swap. my swap partner likes shirts that are darker, so that she won't ruin them in art class, she likes shirts with hoods, and i knew i didn't want to make her something that screamed valentine's day that she could only wear in february, so this is what i came up with!


i'm still not quite sure i like the hoody on it... it worked out okay, though the hood is pleated at the back. in order to make a hood big enough to actually fit over her head, it needed to be bigger than the neckline could fit.

the red trim is actually red lingerie elastic, so the little loops on the top of it poke out cutely!

i put the red trim along the bust line, along the sleeve cuffs, and along the hood. i love the little pop of colour it gives!

i was starting to obsess about these buttons. i decided the top needed a bit of detail in the middle and i really WANTED red heart buttons for it, to make it a little more "valentiney", but the only place close by where i could get any buttons is walmart, but their quality is crap, but i couldn't figure out how i'd have time to go to the city and get red buttons before the send date, etc, etc, so i was stressing out. and then it occurred to me to actually check my button stash. aha! i had a whole bunch of them! and they're way nicer than the plain red hearts i was going to have to buy atwalmart, they're all shiny and kinda pearlescent! i was so happy with how this top turned out.

and a prego tunic based on the same design
i made this top last week for the fabulous taloola, who's going to have a baby next summer. she liked the other shirts i made, and wanted something that was really comfy casual to wear like it, that would have enough room for "speck" (as the aforementioned baby is currently known!)

this is basically the same pattern as i usually use, though i made it longer so that she could wear it with tights as a dress, and i put gathering in the front, to allow for speck, especially as they grow.




i knew the colour would be lovely on her.... it's a very warm pumpkin, but slightly heathered, so it's more like a creamy pumpkin soup.


and i'm also quite in love with this dress . i've made three now, though i still haven't gotten around to taking pictures of the black one i made myself!

the dress was slightly based on mccalls 5535. i decided to make a dress for myself, and i hadn't actually followed a pattern in probably years, and i was so proud of myself for following directions for once, and then i put it on and honest to god, it looked like a tent. it was WAY too big, extremely wide around my waist, and the shoulder seams were half way to my elbows! i even followed the size it said i should be, not the size my instincts said to make!

so i altered the pattern quite drastically, fitting it to me properly, and then when i decided to make the same dress for other people, i just downsized it for them from my version rather than attempting to mccalls version again! pretty much the only thing that stayed was the neckline, though i vetoed the facing on the subsequent dresses (facing on a jersey dress is pretty stupid).

vintage green and blue polyester plaid, the same fabric, just different colours, that i made my plaid hoodies out of


(you can totally see my dressform's white bra under the spandex cover! sorry!)


and in a fuscia cotton knit, heavier than usual jersey, so it hangs beautifully.



what do you think? opinions? suggestions? i hope you like them!
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008 12:27:10 AM »

I've been lusting after that green dress on your blog since you posted it. If you can give pointers,pattern, or tutorial it would be appreciated.

Your work is always great!!! It always looks so professional.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 12:33:05 AM »

That owl fabric is really cool.  I was trying to figure out if it was owls or cats, then i thought "hmmmm maybe it would help if actually read the post..." hehe.

And the green dress, wow, gorgeous.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 01:13:15 AM »

wow! someone reads my blog! that's awesome! Grin

thanks you guys! as i said, the dresses are very very loosely based on mccalls 5535. it's 5 pieces total, the upper back, the two front pieces, and the skirt front and back. if you had a shirt that fits you, you could probably copy it for the top, and then add the skirt pieces. the front top is made in two pieces that are sewn only for about 3 or 4 inches, ten the edges are turned under and hemmed. and there's gathering at the top shoulder seams, the front pieces are cut wider than the back pieces and then gathered when you sew the front to the back. this gives you some boob room!

does that help at all? i'm totally happy to answer questions, i'm just not good at figuring out how to explain it in the first place!


i LOVE the owl fabric! i have a bunch of it, but i'm so scared to use it, cause i'll never find it again! i found it in the bottom of a bin of knits at the clearance fabric store, and i had to buy the entire piece, because i couldn't resist it! i keep thinking i should dye some of it, so i could have owls on different coloured backgrounds.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 01:17:52 AM »

Your work seems so precise!  I especially love the yellow star shirt; that style is wonderful.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 01:23:14 AM »

thank you!

i am, admittedly, kinda anal about my sewing.... Tongue i'm a perfectionist! i really love the star shirt too - if it had been any colour other than yellow, i'd have squirreled it away for myself, i adore stars! i found the fabric in a little thrift store in manitoba, i think i paid $0.25 for it, and it was JUST enough for the shirt! i also like the neckline on that one better too, i think. it's a bit more of a boat neckline, which appeals to me because i hate collars that are actually around my neck!
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008 04:00:28 AM »

I really like the first shirt and the one with the hoodie. and your work seems really good quality too! very nice. Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2008 10:26:53 AM »

thank you!
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008 02:38:04 PM »

Those are all adorable.  I especially love the green & black dress and owl shirt.  Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2008 01:49:07 AM »

thanks!

i've got some red and black argyle that i think i'm going to make the dress out of next... i'm trying to add more colour to my wardrobe!
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