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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

White Plaid Spring Top #1

It's time for Made By Rae's Spring Top Week 2010!  I looked through the 2009 Flickr pool and was amazed by the lovely tops made last year.  I agree that I need to do more "selfish" sewing, so why not make a few new spring tops?

For this top, I started with one of Andy's dress shirts that he has NEVER worn.  I admit - this was one I picked for him, but I guess it wasn't his style.  Score for me!  I believe every girl needs a peasant top pattern.  They are so easy and comfortable and fun to customize.  For my pattern, I used Whimsy Couture's Ladies Peasant Top. Starting with your dress shirt, simply cut off the sleeves along the shoulder seams, lay out the shirt and cut out the pattern pieces from your dress shirt front/back/sleeves.  I wanted to keep the bottom hem with cute triangle insets, so I tapered it out at the bottom to keep the insets.  Using the extra fabric I trimmed from the shirt sides, I made a tuxedo ruffle and added an extra button at the top.  I also removed the breast pocket and moved it down to the lower right side.  The shirt was a little too big around the middle, so I added about 6" of shirring across the middle back.  I'm happy with the result and will definitely be wearing this shirt when the weather warms up!

Andy was all too happy to take a picture of the ruffle :)  No, I don't usually wear bows, but wanted to dress up my tired hair & makeup.  Notice that long Jerry-curl wisp of bangs?  I need to go trim that right now...This is why I prefer no face shots :)

Linking up at these fun sites:
Made By Rae's 2010 Spring Top Flickr Pool
My Frugal Family: Talented Tuesday
Skip To My Lou: Made By You Monday
Today's Creative Blog: Get Your Craft On
Sumo's Sweet Stuff: Market Yourself Monday
A Silly Little Sparrow: Toot Your Horn Tuesday
Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wednesday
Treasures For Tots: Thursdays Treasures 
Little Helping Hands: Hand-Me-Down Rehab


Jen said...

What a great idea! I have a few men's shirts in my stash that I was going to use to make kids dresses, but I think I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Kara said...

So cute! Love what you did and its fairly simple too. My favorite type of project (yet I still gravitate towards the complicated ones, must be something wrong with me when there are cute ideas like this out there).

Becky said...

So darn cute! And the shirt is too ;)

I have a few shirts tucked away to alter for me but just haven't yet. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

Leah said...

Wow, your bow is stunning! Love you shirt idea!! I have a sewing machine, but don't know how to use it! :( Thanks for playing Toot Your Horn Tuesday! You Rock!

B @ Sweet Limes said...

Love the tuxedo ruffle and scrunching in the back of the shirt.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Very cute! I love doing refashions, always looking for new ones to do with men's shirts. I did a skirt recently! http://adventuresindressmaking.blogspot.com/2010/05/great-use-for-hankies-peter-pan-collar.html

whimsy*couture*sewing*tutorials said...

Hey, wanted to say "great job" on the upcycle! I love what you did with your hubby's shirt!