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Topic: Pink polka dot polyester: a recon ten years in the making  (Read 1361 times)
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MissJessica
« on: April 16, 2009 04:47:27 PM »

So, my mom had this really cool shirt, only it wasn't so cool yet. It had elastic wrists and a way too high elastic waistband. It also had long saggy sleeves. But I knew it had the potential to be something more along the lines of this:


Now, even though I had the vision when I stole it from my mom's closet when I was in high school, I did not yet have the skills to make it happen. I cut the seams and even pinned the new armholes down, but I just could not sew the material. It kept bunching, tearing, twisting, and basically ruining my life. But I could not give up on the cool pink polka dots. I tried several attempts over the years, but kept bungling it and getting more frustrated. So it went into my "to finish" pile and remained dormant. Until now.

I am proud of my younger self for believing that one day I would have the skills necessary to complete this project. And now I do! Figuring out the whole ball point needle for knits was crucial. When I happened upon this shirt with the pins still in it from all those years ago I swooned with nostalgia.

This shirt was handmade to start with, and when I cut it open it still had notches from the original seamstress/seamster(?). That was pretty cool. Handmade rules! I have no idea who made it; my mom doesn't sew and it didn't look like my grandma's style.

I used the long sleeves to make a new waistband. I wish it were a liiiiiittle bit bigger (or that I was a little bit smaller Smiley so it would sit lower on my hips.


Here are a few ways to wear the neck, or, me being silly:


Today I wore it over the long sleeve pink tee, but pretty soon I hope to be rocking it like this:


Word. Thanks for looking, and to all the new sewers out there: don't stop believing.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009 07:08:35 PM »

Word. Thanks for looking, and to all the new sewers out there: don't stop believing.

Lol, yesssss! Great recon too!
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ninjanator
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009 08:01:52 PM »

heh love the collar pics XD and yes knits are deadly, I have yet to buy a ball-point needle >__<
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eleniel
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2009 11:55:37 AM »

Aw, what an inspiring story! (Not being sarcastic, either, lol.)  And what a great result.  It's adorable! Well done and rock on =D
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