Today’s piece was inspired by a napkin. Yes, a napkin. This napkin to be exact…
The colors and shapes in the pattern of this napkin made the wheels in my head start turning. It was pretty late at night, but I had to go sit and look at my fabrics and recycled materials for a while. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve let ideas slip away because I haven’t pursued them or drawn them out as soon as they came to mind.
The sailboats on the napkins made me envision a colorblock top, and I also wanted to give it a geometric look.
I used recycled and new materials for this top. The first component was this shirt from the thrift store.
There was a spot where the lace is ripped, and separated from the rest of the shirt. I will use the lace for another project, but decided to take the lace off, and separate the sleeves from the shirt.
I began ripping the seams.
I was impatient, so I just chopped off the lace portion along the seam.
The next components of the shirt were the top of a recycled blue shirt (I used part of it for another project), some yellow fabric, and a peachy orange color fabric. I didn’t have the exact shades in the napkin, so I improvised.
I cut the ribbed band at the neckline of the blue shirt, and cut off the armhole bands to use around the sleeves, and a skinny little block for the middle of the top.
Next, I used both the top of the ivory shirt (the lace portion), and the top of the blue shirt to measure and cut out the top pieces of the new top (adding seam allowances). I cut the blue shirt apart at the shoulder seam, and used it for the upper back portion of the shirt.
I then cut the rest of the ivory shirt so that it would be straight, rather than rounded at the top.
I used the rest of the ivory shirt to measure and cut the other blocks for the shirt, in the shapes that I wanted. For each section, I made sure to add seam allowances where needed.
I cut the bottom off of the sleeves, and trimmed the blue ribbing to fit.
I then sewed all of the different pieces together.
The next step was to add the sleeves, sleeve bands and neckline accent. I added a little button at the neckline because I love my buttons.
So, here’s the “Let’s Go Sailing” top. I’m going to add a yellow hem band around the bottom to give it a bit more length.
It’s not a style that appeals to everyone, but I love it!
Here’s a pic from the side (there are actually two white pieces in the back, and they’re asymmetrical).
I had to take a picture with the napkin that started it all, which I used at dinner earlier. 😉