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« on: April 21, 2005 08:46:34 PM »

I'm not exactly sure what to call this, but my inspiration was this thread:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31477.0

I came home from school today early and spent the next seven hours working on this shirt. There's so much technically wrong with it, and the gathering at the top was only because I didn't feel like taking it all apart and making it smaller. It's only a mock-up, though. I'm making the real thing out of purple velvet with red satin in the middle. I showed my drawing to a girl and she wanted one, sight unseen. The two things that REALLY bother me are the tabs showing at the top in the back and how BIG it is. I can barely sit down without flashing anyone! Oh, and the front of the "skirt" part is slight off.

Anyway, this fabric used to be curtains in my room. It's retro-inspired purple stripes. I love it how all the stripes wound up off-kilter. It makes it less dressy.

^^ My mom laced it and tied the bow. I retied it and now it's way, way prettier.

^^The pearl and bow are to hide the gather. The top wound up WAY too big, and I didn't want to reconstruct the entire bodice part, so I gathered it while wearing it. :-P

I'm ignoring my horrifying bad self-esteem and wearing it to school tomorrow.

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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2005 12:37:59 AM »

wow, that must have been a lot of work... I really like it!
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2005 12:45:44 AM »

i looks cute! one thing i do with shirts that have gaping chests, is i get the teeniest little safty pins, and just take up a thread or two in the middle of the top of the shirt and pin it down to the middle of my bra. that way i can lean down without flashing everyone while still wearing big comfy shirts - perfect for summer! or get some of that no iron hem tape, and do it around the top edge of the shirt to stick it down all the way around  if you don't wear a bra with it.

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2005 06:42:32 AM »

:-) Thank you both! It was a lot of hard work, and my second major sewing project. I specialize in purses, so they aren't major. And it's SO COOL when a pattern you make turns out to work! I'm just going to quit giving myself inch seam allowances when I know I'm only going to use like a quarter-inch.

And I'm wearing a strapless bra with the shirt. Since it's gathered, I won't flash anyone, but that's a REALLY good idea for the future.

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2005 04:25:41 PM »

hey I have those same rubber ducky towels in my bathroom! rock on!
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2005 08:27:07 PM »

wonderful fabric!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2005 04:44:16 PM »

I love love love love it!! I love the fabric choice, the design, the everything.  Might I be the first to demand a tute?  Wink

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