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More sneaky Sewing...

Yes, yes...I know...I should be doing so many other things (like Japanese shirt sewing) !   But this morning I just felt like sewing something very fun, very quick, and very easy  :)

This is the "Dots T-shirt" from the new 06/09 Ottobre Design issue, style #29. This one was made from a soft medium weight cotton/lycra knit for my 10-yr old niece, Willow.

Of course, I can never just leave a pattern be without adding or changing something...so...
In order to get as much gathering in the center panel as I wanted, I added an inch to the length of the panel as I was cutting it out. Willow has long arms, but the sleeves on this pattern are very, very long...meant to be worn over the hand. After the shirt was sewn, I realized that Willow, as neat as she is...is still a child :)  So to bring the sleeves up I stitched clear elastic onto the seam allowances stretching it slightly as I sewed.  To finish the neckline, I sewed a folded band to the neck, then stitched the edge for a loose ruffled look.  The hems were also zig-zag stitched, letting the pressure of the foot create soft rippled edges.

I can already envision other ways to make this top...different fabrics...perhaps a woven fabric for the shirred panel, perhaps a sheer knit or lace. Oh I have so many ideas...if only I had as much time !

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Blogger Myra said...

Cute top, love it

2:56 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Very cute.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Love the front panel and the rolled hem edges.

6:57 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

That's a very cute top. Looks better than a designer RTW! Nice job.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Bonnie O. said...

That is very cute. I love the gathering treatment at the end of the sleeves. Very smart!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Vicki W said...

It's a very cute top!

8:26 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

I love that scrunchy sleeve idea - I may do that for myself!

8:26 PM  
Blogger Sharon Sews said...

It's absolutely adorable!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

You were quick with the new issue. It's very cute. I love the fabric.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Barbara Travis said...

This is so cute! The ruffled edge is done with a zigzag and not a serge? Nice!

11:31 AM  
Blogger judy said...

Very cute shirt! I am jealous...I haven't got my Ottobre yet! From the look of yours, I am already putting it on my list!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Goms said...

That is very cute.Yes dots T-shirt.This made by soft medium weight cotton.Cotton shirt really comfortable and this design so good.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Summerset said...

What a fun top! We all need instant gratification project every once in a while.

9:50 AM  

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