04 February 2007

stripey sleeveless shirt



I got this wonderful, soft striped fabric at Purl last weekend with plans to make a shirt out of it. Twin wrinkled her nose and said she thought I would look like a prison inmate in those gray and white stripes. Well, I don't think apparel for prison inmates runs quite this cutesy. I can't decide if I look 5 years old or pregnant. Maybe both.



Actually I do really like it. I used Simplicity #3875, which is a dress pattern, but I shortened it to tunic length. I also made the bands at the neckline and midriff narrower as I thought they looked a little chunky. I like the contrast of the different directions that the stripes run.

These (left) are the sleeves that got nixed. Bad sleeves. Now, I know, you're thinking they're kind of cute. Well, they're kind of cute on Maude (the lovely blue lady modeling it), but they looked baaaad on me. Trust me. I had used the cap sleeves from view C which were less like cap sleeves and more like big ugly wings. I tried shortening them but that really didn't help matters. Then they looked like little ugly wings.



So I tore out the darn sleeves entirely and went with bias binding. I think it's ok now. I think I can like the shirt now. It was touch and go for a while there.

26 comments:

amandajean said...

lovely!

Alicia A. said...

Neither five nor pregnant- just cute! I love the length.

sally said...

You're killing me with all your cute handmade clothing! Love this tunic. And although you don't look pregnant, this top will come in handy when you become pregnant. ;)

Nadia said...

Super cute! I love the soft, flowiness of the gathers.

Kristy said...

Very cute!

hannah said...

prison stripes, pshaw! this makes me pin for summer weather to come even sooner.

caroline said...

I love the fabric - and the design. I concur with the others you neither look 5 or pregnant. I prefer your narrower bands as they make it look more elegant.

beth said...

I love tops like this -- I must pick up this pattern!
Great Job!

Alison said...

I love this! The different directions of the stripes are a nice detail. Very, very cute.

Sarah said...

Wow, good job on matching up those stripes on the neckline, looks great.

Jen said...

Talk about mad skills... This is fantastic. I love the way the stripes miter perfectly at the neck binding. Amazing!

Also--it's very flattering on. You don't look five or pregnant. :)

molly said...

this is too cute! i think it looks like it would be really flattering, too...of course, I would love it as a maternity top pour moi, but, but, I'm not saying YOU look would pregnant in it...please!

tangelled angel said...

Oh that is so nice! I wish I could sew!!

jennifer | creatingfromscratch said...

Very flattering! Pretty pretty pretty.

rebecca said...

Lovely job - looks great, certainly not prisoner or pregnant!

christine said...

wow, amazing job matching the stripes at the neckline... and the bias binding looks really great at the arms too!

sulu-design said...

Pregnant? Five? I think not! This is SO flattering on you - very enhancing of the feminine shape, if you know what I mean. I'm blown away by your attention to detail on this one.

Kelli said...

really just beautiful. simple, clean, nice lines. Carry on! (As Mr. Gunn would say.)

amy h said...

So cute! No, you don't look pregnant. That nice little gather wouldn't drape so nicely if you were, believe me. :)

Dacia said...

def. not prison inmate, five, or pregnant. it looks best with your tweaks, too!

jenny said...

this top looks so lovely on you. i love how long, loose tops are in style right now. we won't have to buy a new wardrobe if we ever get pregnant!

monica said...

oh no! beautiful. Tunics like that are all the rage in England right now!

lily's rooster said...

beautiful!

muz said...

Lovely !

rfg said...

Extremely cool top - it looks fantastic! Love your edits to the pattern.

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This won't truly have success, I think this way.