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« on: June 09, 2005 01:26:01 PM »

Yesterday I counted the number of bags I have vs. the number of shirts I have that I actually wear (I have tons I don't wear anymore), and I realized that I have more bags than shirts!

So, I made this easy peasy floral wrap shirt to help correct the problem.  Originally, I had envisioned sleeves, but sleeves are HARD, and I gave up after, oh about 3 hours trying to make the sleeves look right.

'tis from my own pattern, and relatively easy to make - the hardest part is the armholes (I hate armholes!)

http://photos14.flickr.com/18401046_65060ae183.jpg?v=0

The shirt is a v-neck and wraps in the back.  I used a $2.00/yard fabric from wal-mart - and used about a yard.   Cheesy

Haven't worn it in public yet, but plan to on my hot date tomorrow.

TUTORIAL
brief sketchy tutorial:

First - I didn't use a stretchy fabric for this shirt - I used a fairly lightweight 100% cotton fabric - which means we have to measure carefully.

We need three pieces to make this - they look like this:



The slant on the two front pieces should go from the shoulder to just underneath your boobs.  I found it helpful to cut rectangles out of newspaper, and draw everything, then trace onto fabric later.  If you're not using a stretchy fabric, (I didn't), err on the side of making everything larger rather than too small - you can always make it smaller later.

Also, non-stretchy fabric is less forgiving on little mistakes, like measurements being not quite right, so be extra careful with measurements, and make sure all three pieces match.

sew all three pieces of fabric together so that it looks like this when opened up (we'll adjust shoulder stuff later).



Leave a small hole in one of the seams in the just-under-the-boob area.  This will allow for the tie to come through.  If you want, you may reinforce this hole with a button-hole stitch (what's the technical name for that?)

Attach ribbon, cord, whatever to the corners of the two front pieces like so:



That is what will hold your wrap-shirt closed.  One of the ties go through the hole you've already made in the seam of your shirt.

I made my own matching tie from the fabric I had - however, you can use any ribbon or string that you like.

Sew the shoulders together so it fits.

Now all you have to do is hem!

Note!:  Curvy girls may want to add darts in the back.
Also, if you can't tell from the picture, I don't have big boobs, so I don't know how well this pattern would work with those who do - it may require a little modification, it may require none.  I would love to hear how well this works for the more well-endowed.

So, that's it.  It's my first tute, so I wouldn't be surprised if it didnt make sense at all, so if you have questions, please ask!
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2005 01:30:29 PM »

CUTE!
cute cute cute.
I love the fabric. Walmart is flipping awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2005 02:35:10 PM »

it fits you so good... loved it...
i think I can follow your tutorial and sew one for me. I just have to find time...
great!
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2005 01:38:42 PM »

yay, and if you have any questions, ask!

I find that if you scoop the back lower, and make the shoulder straps wider, you can achieve a cute off-the-shoulder look.
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2005 12:57:00 PM »

That's really nice. I don't know if I can be bothered with making it though. Lazy, lazy arse, me.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2005 05:39:52 AM »

I LOVE IT  I LOVE - How funny is this. this weekend I was sewing my butt off making skirts and realized I have no tops. I wanted to make some wrap shirts and had no clue how to start. this is cool and love your finished piece.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2005 08:32:46 PM »

i love that so much, thanks so much for the tutorial. I'll post mine once i've made it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2005 12:02:08 AM »

i'm in love with everything that wraps!!! yeah, gimme more! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2005 04:16:33 PM »

That's realy darling...and fun, i like me some
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2006 03:16:39 AM »

thanks for the tut, pal. but i can't see the pic!!
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