Iím showing this cute skirt I made (shown below) in a fashion show this week.
I found the fabric at a thrift store but was finding that itís a challenge to find a shirt to go with it. So I bought a 2 for $10 tank top from Old Navy and used some non-woven fusible interfacing and left over fabric to make a matching top. And here it is. Iím sure most of you talented folks know how to do this at home, but just in case, here is a tutorial. (sorry about the fuzziness, my digital camera sucks!)
1) Non woven fusible interfacing. (A good use for that awful Pellon you may have lying around.)
2) A tank top
3) Patterned fabric (Mine was left over scraps from the skirt)
5) An iron
6) A needle
5) Thread that matches the pattern fabric as to blend in properly
6) Small beads (If you so wish. I used the beads as the center of the flowers.)
You can do this one of two ways. If the flowers (Or whatever youíre putting on your shirt) on your fabric are close together, you can fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric according to the directions that come with fusible interfacing and then cut out the flowers as you so desire.
The flowers on my fabric where quite spread out. So first I cut out the flower bunches from the fabric scraps and laid them on the interfacing, using the cutouts as a kind of stencil. Then I fused the flowers to their interfacing. (The interfacing provides some structure to the cut outs and also keeps woven fabrics from unraveling beyond recognition)
Next I laid out the flowers on my shirt to see how I wanted them to look. Then I laid this pattern out on the table in front of me so I would know which piece to put where and when. I sewed each piece on with a few small stitches in the center of each flower and added a bead but threading the bead over the needle and passing a few stitches.
Continue until youíre satisfied with your shirt and youíre done! Ta da!
Thanks for looking!