Just can't get enough



Don't be shocked-- I'm not back in IL! These photos are from right before we moved, and I just never got to posting them. I'm not sure why they got placed so far back in the queue, especially because I really like how that top I made ended up looking on me.

If you're a long-time reader, you'll know that I occasionally modify thrifted items or sew a skirt or two. Uhm, I don't use patterns for those projects. I've had the worst luck with sewing with patterns. Most of the time, I have to attack finished garments with a seam ripper because they end up not fitting well. I haven't figured out how or where to place darts or how to properly alter a pattern to make it fit my body yet. And I still haven't gotten a bodyform. But I was getting tired of making so many excuses, so I got myself a simple pattern, read, reread, and then reread again just to make sure I knew what I was doing, then just dove into it and sewed.

Here's my first attempt!The pattern was for a plain tank, and I added the bias tape "collar" because I thought it looked purdy.  I am not a great sew-ist (yet) but practice makes perfect, right? You guyz... sewing is addicting! I already have some muslin cut up for a new dress, and I just bought some adorable fabric to make as a skirt. I've also started following a ton of sewing blogs and Youtube channels because I can't get enough of it.

19 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that top is sooo cute - you did an amazing job! I'm envious of your skills!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  2. I love the collar and print of this top. The bowling pins are so cute! Great job at your first attempt. I am a huge sewing/DIY lover - just not so good at following through.

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  3. I'm in love with your printed top. It's so adorable! yeah, I don't use sewing patterns, I usually make my own patterns. That bag is cute! Have a lovely week! :-)

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  4. Laura, your tank is just too cute doll! I love that print and how fabulous is your dice bag...LOVE!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. I think this looks great!!! Sewing can be so much (not for me haha) and creative. Keep it up!! Hope you are settling into your new place well ^_^

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  6. You are so handy, Laura! That tank top is super cute, especially with the collar.

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  7. I don't really sew either, anything other than a rectangular shape and the results aren't pretty! I used to try and sew something every summer growing up I remember hating darts and collars!

    I think your top turned out cute :)

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  8. Love this top. I'm almost disappointed that I can't get something similar, but so amazed that you put it together. The faux collar is awesome.

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  9. You're so super clever and industrious. I feel so lazy in comparison. All I did today was kill myself shopping at a large mall and I failed to find my primary objectives. If I just took a cue from you and redirected all that energy and effort into making what I need, I'd be a lot better off. Such cute work you turned out there. If you have any great sewing blogs that stand out for you, plz feel free to share. I'm a sewing dummy but I love to learn.

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  10. Love the collar you made! It is purdy!
    You know, I hated sewing. I had to take it as an option in grade 10 and skipped nearly every class. Got in trouble BIG TIME. :P Even now, if something needs to get sewn around here, my hubby does it haha!

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  11. teach me your sewing waaayz! i like but dread sewing. my needle always gets jammed -__-

    also, love your shoes! and i'm glad i'm not the only one who couldn't find thrift stores in seattle! one annon. told me there were TONS around here- where are they mystery person, where?!

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  12. i can't tell you how many times i've bought patterns and material that end up sitting in my sewing boxes and closet! it's hard, yo!! i'd probably do better without a pattern.

    nicely done here. i like the addition of the collar.

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  13. Sewing is addicting until you learn how to dye fabrics and silkscreen on them too. ( I spent so much more time in the fibers dept then my actual undergrad dept of sewing which results in hybridized works.)

    I actually don't use any patterns for my costumes that I sell. I've found techniques that work a lot better and easier to understand that results in a more quickly made product.

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  14. Hey u made that? So amazing laura! I love the contrasting bias tape u added too! And that's a really pretty fabric. Hehe I just got started with my first pattern too. haha, I'm totally stuck at button holes now. Need to stop making excuses too hahah since there are so many good tutorials out there on how to sew button holes.

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  15. This is so cute, love the pattern and the fabric is perfect!! So cool :) x

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  16. Oh wow, that top is adorable and can't believe you made it - such a smart cookie.

    The print is so cute too!

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  17. you rock girl! this tank is awesome :) also, whoa where have i been?! you moved to St. Louis?! yay!!

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  18. I am always impressed with your sewing projects. This is no exception. And, uh, the print you chose for this top? So fun! :)

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  19. That collar is frikkin great!! Good idea with just a outline, it adds fun graphic pop. And that dice purse?! What a statement piece. If I saw you on the street i'd come chat because of all the fun things in your outfit (and I didn't even get to the pattern on your top!)

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