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"Twisted Shoulder" Tattoo Tank Top

This fun and funky top was made for my niece Bella, age 8.
Sadly, she has out-grown ruffles...sigh...

Bella's twisted-shoulder Top

I started by using one of the iron-on transfers from the book "Tattoo Tees" (see post below for book details).

After the "Tattoo" was set, I cut out Ottobre Design Pattern #13, from the 04/07 issue. It is just a flared T-shirt top. I decided to omit the sleeves, and to add a little twist detail to one shoulder:

To allow for the twist, I added 1/2" in length to one front shoulder as I was cutting it out. Next I sewed the UN-twisted front shoulder seam to its matching back shoulder...then finished the armholes, neckline and hem with the serger because I wanted a very casual look for this top. The other front shoulder was twisted once (maybe twice...I just twisted it until it looked "right"). The remaining shoulder seams were then sewn as usual, Right Sides Together.

This top was fun and fast to sew...about 45 minutes from start to finish!

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Blogger Amy Johnston said...

CUTE! I'm amazed at the creative details you come up with!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Faye Lewis said...

I love your cute twisted top. I know I will steal this idea. A reminder of it is going in my inspiration book right now. Thanks for sharing it!

6:13 PM  
Blogger Trudy said...

I know. It's so sad when they outgrow the ruffles. The top turned out really cute.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Mpressive Threadz said...

This top is TOO CUTE!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Darling and so creative!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

You are so creative! i love this idea! And 45 minutes? Wow!

8:54 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

Very cute! Love those tats!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Pam, this is precious! I wish *I* could get away with that style!

12:41 AM  
Blogger mizoal said...

the twisted shoulder is a great idee!

nice shirt!


4:11 AM  
Blogger Sew Lind said...

How original, looks fun and summery! Love the tattoo :-)

8:24 AM  
Blogger judy said...

Great top! I love the tattoo transfers. You always make everything look so professional and you have great ideas!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Soooo cute! May have to steal this idea for my niece.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

How clever is that? Adorable results. But be fair. Tell Bella's mother what you did so she doesn't take it out of the dryer and spend 20 minutes trying to figure out how to straighten out that top. ;-)

7:19 PM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

LOL Karla !

C'mon...that's how I show my sister that I love her!

But seriously, I took a few hidden "stab stitches" through the twist...so it *should* stay that way....:)

7:32 PM  
Blogger Ann Made Studio said...

Very very cute!

8:01 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

WOW - this is SO GREAT Pam! I love the Pop Art effect of the Warholian transfer on top of the stripes - and the serged finsih is just the right kind of edgey look for a little girl.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous stacy said...

I just love your tattoo shirts! This one is especially cool looking - those stripes and the serged edges look fantastic!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Judy Ross said...

That twisted shoulder is such a great detail. I am definitely pinching that for my nine year old daughter when the weather heats up! I love the tattoos too.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Linda T said...

I'm going to use this technique on a shirt for DGD. Thanks so much for sharing!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

This is BRILLIANT!! Such a simple addition and such a cool effect! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:



10:46 PM  
Blogger Sew-4-Fun said...

Great tee and I love the twist. Another kewl idea.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Jans said...

I love the shadow effect of the transfer. I haven't had much luck with those print your own iron on transfers, but I might give it a go again.

3:45 PM  

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