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Topic: Two Liberty tops - aka Get Off My Lawn!  (Read 1890 times)
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« on: July 20, 2016 07:01:11 AM »

I have a wedding to go to this weekend and a complete loathing of clothes shopping (I am both tall *and* podgy, a lose-lose combo when it comes to off-the-peg clothes), so I decided to make something instead!  *Two* somethings!  Same pattern (by Simplicity), different Liberty Lawn prints, both from stash when I discovered that I had by chance bought exactly enough of each of these for the pattern.  I adore both of these prints and bought them thinking they'd become patchwork, but this works too!  (And there's still scraps left, lol!)

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I'm not a dressmaker, I'm a quilter, and now I remember why!  I don't much like cutting out clothing patterns and I don't like having to cope with not-flat things!  Also, I hadn't really altered the pattern enough so I ended up having to lose a pretty substantial amount of fabric from the two back seams, which was a challenge.  Still, it's wearable now!

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This one went much more smoothly and swiftly - I adjusted the pattern to better suit my figure and it shows.  I think this'll be the one I wear on the day.

The ribbon tie around the back isn't in the original pattern, but I liked that it helps give me a little more shape and it balances the colour of the front ribbons too.
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2016 08:03:03 AM »

Your shirts look great, and you are so lucky you are able to make your own clothes.

Just as an FYI and sympathizing with you...I'm 5'2" and 200 lbs. and have the same issues as you with finding nice clothes that fit well.  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2016 08:33:18 AM »

Thank you!  I'm not really a dressmaker, these are the first clothes I've made in literally years!  Fortunately, it's a pretty straightforward pattern, despite "Simplicity"'s best efforts to the contrary...
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2016 03:30:34 AM »

This pattern really does suit you. I like the darker one and the red ribbon looks fab with it as well. I'm envious of anyone that has the patience to make clothing. Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2016 12:24:59 PM »

Thank you!  Smiley  I wore both of them this weekend, and was pleased with how both of them wore during a very hot weekend!  I think they're going to feature regularly in my daily wardrobe.
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I'm not a dressmaker, I'm a quilter

Looking at your blouses, there's no reason for you not to be both. Now that you have altered your pattern to suit your requirements it can be called a TNT (tried and true) and you can use it to make variations of that first garment.

If you are interested in making yourself more garments you might like to read Carolyn's blog http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.com.au/

I've learned a lot from Carolyn as she describes her processes and procedures so well.

Best wishes for both your quilting and your dressmaking adventures.

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2016 02:49:22 PM »

Thanks, StitchWench!  I'll certainly take a look at the blog - I have a couple of other patterns I bought at the same time that I might have a go at too (although then I would have to convince myself to wear dresses, lol!)  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017 11:35:06 AM »

Ooh, I love the ribbon addition.  Great work!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2017 12:13:18 AM »

Those are really cute!


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