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Topic: 2 Button down shirts revamped into sexy cinchers {major pic juicy} feedback plz  (Read 5660 times)
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« on: November 20, 2008 06:56:10 PM »

greetings all
here are a couple of reconstructed button down blouses.
the first one i really liked, but the second one didn't really do it for me.....they both have a top stitched casing for a ribbon "cincher". it makes for a feminine effect.


this top started as a really fitted women's top

i added panels along the side sleeve seams. and a band along the bottom hem

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this top started as a men's button down that was huge! with a cut and a snip and a stitch

i did raglan style sleeves

the neckline and sleeves have elastic

i finished the hem with a wee ruffle. i even reused the original pocket from the shirt.


so here is my question for all of you....do you think the cincher should have been higher on the plaid shirt? or maybe no puffy elastic sleeves? i don't know what detail about this top that doesn't look right to me....what do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008 07:00:59 PM »

I'm thinking it might be the buttons (or the triangle detail at the top of the button band).  I've seen peasant blouses with the puffy sleeves before and I think it works, and the band looks like it shouldn't be higher than it is.

That's just my opinion though. They look pretty good to me.  Any problems with the bands riding up, or are they tight enough to keep everything in place? (I tried an elastic band placed around that level, and it would ride up and I'd have to pull it down. Never wore that attempt out of the house.)  Smiley

I like the snood in the first set of pictures too!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008 07:32:53 PM »

The blouses are lovely, but what is that awesome thing on your head?! Is there a pattern for that online somewhere?
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008 07:45:57 PM »

I'm gonna agree with Muria.  The plaid top is lovely, and I think the issue you're having is in the neckline.  You might want to try closing the top of it, so the triangle disappears.  And I also wonder if the neckline might sit a little high, as well.  Fer real, though, I would also wear it as is, because as I said before, it's lovely!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2008 08:14:54 PM »

I have to agree with the other comments about the triangle detailing.  The puffy peasant sleeves seem to go well with your 'wee ruffle'  Smiley.  And I also agree that nothing is too 'off' that you couldn't wear it as is.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2008 09:41:20 PM »

I like the lower cincher on the second shirt.  It gives it a more casual, but still feminine, look.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2008 09:52:54 PM »

I actually like the 2nd one the best, but agree with above poster that what you might not like about it is the top edge triange thing - it would look better if the neckline was even.

I also think the placement of the band on the second to is better also and that it is more feminine and makes you look more endowed.  The first one highlights you chest area, but because of the placement makes you look less endowed.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008 06:29:29 AM »

I very much like the second one, especially the little ruffle hem.


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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008 07:34:10 AM »

Nice work!
I like the puffy sleeve, but I do think the cincer could be more flattering on you if it were higher, but it dosen't look bad as is.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008 09:16:21 AM »

thanks everyone for your comments and love

first of all i can not take credit for the crochet tam/snood. PM me if you want the website of the sweet lady that made it for me......

Muria: i did not have any problems with the cincher riding up. I actually did not use elastic here at all. I used either ribbon or seam binding that looks like a ribbon. i prevented them from raveling with some fray check on the ends.

i see what you mean by the 'triangle' effect. it actually happened because the casing i created need to be anchored. the fabric was bulkier here because of the button & button hole facing. so!

i think i have a few option in terms of changing the second style for better.


1. perhaps i could add an inner button & loop closure to keep the ends of the elastic casing together.

2. i could eliminate the elastic neckline all together. maybe could do a simple snoop neck or feminine square neckline. if i did this i would have to eliminate the raglan style sleeves......

3.  the waist band will stay at the natural waist. you all have convinced me it works!

i will probably try both options 1 & 2 and share soon

thanks again for all of your comments and suggestions.  Grin
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