Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tie Up Your Sleeves

      I buy fabric based on three things, how it feels, how it drapes, and the color. Most of the time, I don't know what I'm going to use it for when I buy it. Occasionally though, a fabric will just jump out at me, and I'll know exactly what it wants to be. The print and colors on this fabric reminded me of an Arizona sunset, and I just knew it needed to be a flowy, relaxed top of some sort. I went a little different, and used crochet trim to accent it, rather than just more of the same fabric. It just felt like it needed crochet on it.

      I used the general concept as what I showed you in this post to cut out the shirt. Because this fabric is not stretchy, I made sure to add an extra inch to the width.

     I also cut a short slit in the tops of the sleeves. If I were to do it again though, I would make the slits slightly more to the front of the sleeve.

     I hemmed the slits first, before doing anything to the sleeve edge. Don't mind the bunching, this was pre-ironing.

     Next, I serged  on the crochet trim, making sure to leave "tails" to be able it tie it. I just went very carefully with the serger, and made sure to not cut the trim.

     At this point, it wants to flip up, like this.

      Top stitching takes care of that just nicely.

     It adds just a nice little something different to a common style.

      Hmmm, and now that I've blogged about it, maybe I'll even go iron the thing. I think I need to hire someone to come do all my ironing for me...and cleaning my floors. My 10 month old has decided her full time job is to eat absolutely every crumb, bug, or piece of trash that she can possible find...which unfortunately, she seems to be rather good at finding. So, back to the topic... what about you? Do you always have a plan in mind when you go buy fabric?

Colossians 4:6   Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.


  1. I love this shirt! So stinking cute!!~mev

  2. Ohh I like that.. You are so talented.

  3. Wonderful! You have a great body too.
    I'm keeping follow your blog.
    Carmen from Italy.

  4. Love this one! Wish I were there to occupy the grand babies!!