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« on: March 12, 2013 10:53:23 AM »


The colorful giraffe fabric is a quilting cotton I picked up at Joann last year. The fabric has absolutely no drape, and the pattern was rather shapeless. I added the bust darts immediately, and after some hemming and hawing about changing the vintage silhouette, I put in another dart at the center back.

Although I eventually deviated a lot from the pattern, I used Simplicity 7608 from 1976.


I love a single back dart, especially when Im fitting a garment on myself. No worries about getting two darts even, and so easy to make adjustments.

All seams and edges are bound in this yellow bias tape. It was my first time successfully using a bias tape maker, and like everyone else I am smitten. I had to resist the urge to run to the store to buy one in every size!


I love these big nickel-plated buttons! The back wraps around the shoulders, and although this is one of the patterns features it doesnt work so great on a directional print. I added the yellow band at the shoulder seam to make this overlap look more intentional.

I had been planning on adding the sleeves and Nehru collar, but once I pinned them on I felt overwhelmed by all the giraffes. Perhaps this pattern would work better with a less ostentatious print, in a fabric with more drape. In any case, I feel like this sleeveless top will be perfect with shorts at the beach.




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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013 12:31:11 PM »

Another winning production from julibooli  Grin Grin Grin
Love the colourful giraffes & think the top itself looks great with your shorts.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2013 02:55:14 PM »

That fabric is so cute!! Cheesy The top is awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013 03:21:25 PM »

That's really cute!  I can't imagine it w/o the darts or with sleeves; I think you made all the right choices.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013 07:49:10 PM »

This is seriously so good in every way.  I love the fabric, the shape, the buttons, your haircut, etc. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013 10:03:15 AM »

Thanks everybody! It's a little outside of my normal style, but I'm very happy with it!
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2013 12:14:32 PM »

This is seriously so good in every way.  I love the fabric, the shape, the buttons, your haircut, etc. 

My stylist is so talented, and I trade him mending work for haircuts!
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013 01:31:57 PM »

This is great! Very vintage feel, with the fabric choice, yellow binding, and buttons. I've been smitten by 70s smock tops lately. And this is such a great adaptation of one (they tend not to be very fitted on the whole, but you've done just enough altering here, I think). Sleeveless was a good choice. Very in keeping with the style of it, I think. Nice work!
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2013 10:04:45 AM »

 I love how cheerful it looks.  Beautiful and springy. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2013 06:18:33 PM »

The is so Bright & Fun! I Love your choice of print & pattern.....Very Cute!
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