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« on: April 10, 2005 04:08:16 PM »

Hey, crafty people!  I was sitting around my house on Friday thinking about how badly I wanted a new summer top, so I bought Simplicity pattern #5016 (one of the "It's so easy it's Simplicity" variety.  I grabbed some white cotton (at least I think it is; it may be a bit of a blend) and stitched up the top, which is the first clothing item I've made from "scratch" for something like 6 months.  Then I headed to wal-mart for some RIT, in Golden Yellow and Sunshine Orange.  Dyed yellow first, then orange, dipping it deeper every 7 minutes or so.  I also dyed some extra fabric for the flowers I envisioned on the neck.  Made the flowers at work, beaded them, then attached them to the top!  Total time spent on cute summer halter/wearable art: 7 hours.  Whew!

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2005 04:17:09 PM »

Wow! That is incredibly pretty! And might I add, I am totally enamored of the flowers. Excellent job.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2005 04:23:52 PM »

Thank you very much!  I love the flowers too!  Winging it is so much more my thing than planning too closely!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2005 04:34:35 PM »

Holy crap, that is sooo freakin cute!
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2005 06:00:19 PM »

You get to be my first post ever - but I just couldn't resist. (I'm a lurker by nature hehe)

I was at Meier & Frank (Robinson, Mays for you EC ppl) yesterday and saw halters somewhat similar that were $80.

Yours is unique and gorgeous.

Truly an inspiration!  Grin

How did you make those flowers though? Curious...
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2005 06:24:39 PM »

You get to be my first post ever - but I just couldn't resist. (I'm a lurker by nature hehe)

I was at Meier & Frank (Robinson, Mays for you EC ppl) yesterday and saw halters somewhat similar that were $80.

Yours is unique and gorgeous.

Truly an inspiration!  Grin

How did you make those flowers though? Curious...

I am honored to be the recipient of your first post!  Thanks for the compliments!  Maybe I'm in the wrong business as an English major if I could be asking even half that for a shirt!  Smiley  The flowers are just gathered triangle-shaped fabric.  Super simple.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2005 09:01:22 PM »

that's beautiful, really beautiful. the flowers really add to it.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2005 09:35:14 PM »

i have had that pattern sitting here for nearly a month now, waiting on the perfect fabric.  now i see i can makle it myself. thank you. really. thank you  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2005 11:47:34 PM »

This looks great!

I especially like the beading on the flowers. It's the little attention to detail that make garments special  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2005 04:57:43 AM »

i have had that pattern sitting here for nearly a month now, waiting on the perfect fabric.  now i see i can makle it myself. thank you. really. thank you  Smiley

It really is a pretty no-nonsense pattern.  I don't have a ton of experience with doing things from scratch on my own (my mom used to help me with EVERYTHING I wanted to make), and I did fine at it.  No big problems at all!  Good luck on yours, and have fun!  Smiley
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