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Topic: First Day of School Shirt!  (Read 1951 times)
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« on: September 08, 2009 03:03:38 PM »

Happy first day of school to students and teachers everywhere. I must admit I went back to work and let go of summer kicking and screaming, but making this top for the first day of school helped ease the pain:

This is actually taken after the day is over and I survived, but barely. I wanted to take one in the morning before I left, but it was TOO DARK outside. Gross.

This pattern (Simplicity 2703) is the most tailored one I've ever attempted, and I'm really pleased with the results. Plus, the sizing seemed pretty accurate.

One of my favorite parts is the pleats in the bust:

There are also darts, but they're long darts in the torso and back of the garment. Often when I make bust darts they look pointy, but this looks pretty natural to me.

I'm also really pleased with the zipper. I tried a brand new technique of following the directions. Not the directions on the pattern, but on the zipper package. Best zipper yet!

Here is the back (a little wrinkled after a day with high school students):

And here is a closer (darkish) shot of the fabric:

It was from my late grandma's stash and I only had one yard. I was thrilled to be able to stretch it into a whole top plus lining! This was a great pattern to use. Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009 03:12:50 PM »

great top

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009 03:19:50 PM »

Totally cute. I'm diggin' the vintage fabric, Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009 03:33:14 PM »

Wow awesome top!  I love the pleating, too.

I used a dress pattern a few years ago that gave a recommendation for avoiding pointy darts and it works pretty well...
Sew along the dart line like normal (from edge of fabric to folded edge of dart), but don't sew to the very edge and back stitch like normal.  Instead right before you get to the folded edge of the dart turn a little and sew along the fold for a couple of stitches.  When you stop stitching don't back stitch; cut your thread long and tie it off, then cut close to the fabric. 


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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009 04:03:14 PM »

very cute! I'll have to try that pattern sometime Smiley

My sister is also a high school teacher and i helped her make her first dress for the first day of school Smiley 
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009 01:57:21 PM »

Love the top. So cute.

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