A minor sewing injury and several new shirts

I’ve been busy sewing up a lot of tops, lately. I made doubles of a couple of them, which are listed in my Etsy shop. I also have tutorials in the works for several of these designs: one for adding a yoked sweetheart neckline to a basic shirt, one for making a dolman sleeve top (and adding a yoke) using a basic shirt pattern, and one for reconstructing a basic thrifted sweatshirt or turtleneck into a lace-yoked top with lace cutouts on the sleeves.

Anyway, I just wanted to briefly share some of the things I’ve sewed recently.

Verity Cowl Top

Variations of this design have been around for a couple of years in my shop, but I’ve never done it in stripes or a sweater knit.

I had some trouble getting this material to cooperate, and it is way stretchier than I originally thought. To my chagrin, I had to take it all apart and take all the pieces in a bit. So, you can see the middle band is wonky and weirdly skinny because I had to rip seams and re-sew pieces together.

There is more than a hint of sadness in my eyes. :’(

Admittedly, the messed up middle band isn’t just from de-seaming and re-seaming. I was not in the best mental state at the time. I was seam-ripping while angry. In the midst of mumbling under my breath, I managed to shove Jack up under one of my finger nails (In case you’re wondering, I do name my sewing tools. I’m sure you can guess this one’s full name–Jack the Ripper. Apropos, n’est-ce pas?). Then, blinded by pain, I proceeded to jam him into the middle of the original band and break a couple of threads. I could have cut a new band, but I didn’t want to use any more of this material, so I just made the band smaller.

The stripes aren’t matched up as well as they were when I first finished the top, but it looks OK under different colored sweaters. I was incredibly sad about the stripes not matching. I spent a LOT of time matching my stripes perfectly and cutting carefully.

This top has been in my rotation for about a month now. I chose to do short sleeves to conserve more of the sweater material for another project. The short sleeves also make it easier to layer other sweaters on top.

What the…

Man, I did a terrible job with pictures this time around. Although it looks like I did in the above picture, I promise, I did not sew the body of the shirt into the bodice-empire waist seam.

However, I feel compelled to admit my shortcomings: I have done something similar before. Needless to say, wine and sewing are not a good mix for me. Only one small glass and this or much, MUCH worse will happen (Read: almost sewing body parts to clothing). Some of you sewists in the blogosphere talk about enjoying a drink while sewing, which leads me wonder how many ER nurses could share stories of bizarre sewing injuries.

Sweetheart top with lace yoke

Update: see this post for the tutorial.

<3 purple

The neckline isn’t crooked. I just choose terrible angles for posing.

Pleated sleeves

The back has a yoke, too

Blue sweatshirt with lace yoke

Update: see this post for the tutorial.

This one was made using a big, thrifted turtleneck that I’ve probably had in my to-be-reconstructed pile for years. The material is a thick almost sweatshirt weight knit. I paired it with some slightly stretchy lace that I came across in the remnant bin at Hancock a couple of weeks ago.

One of my favorite colors

The sleeves have lace cutouts that match up with the yoke at the shoulders

I love the lace pattern

I think the lace cutouts make for flattering sleeves

Dolman sleeve top

Off-the-shoulder dolman sleeve shirt

I made two of these using a slouchy soft knit material for a nice comfy and casual top

The stripes make the top more interesting to look at

Dolman sleeve top with lace yoke

I don’t know why, but I have lace yokes on my mind lately

The combination of the lace and sweatshirt material provide a lovely contrast. It’s cute and feminine, but still comfy and casual.

It’s nice for just lounging or wearing out with dark jeans and grey boots

I’m taking a mini trip with Alex to Virginia, so I won’t have the first tutorial up until about Thursday.  What are you up to this weekend? I really do want you to tell me, ’cause I’m nosy like that. :) Whatever you’re doing, I hope you enjoying yourself, and Happy Sunday!

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19 Responses to A minor sewing injury and several new shirts

  1. Sara Arnold says:

    Love the blue sweatshirt!!!!! You are so good.

  2. GA says:

    This weekend…….I went to lunch with your parents!!!! :)

    • Becca says:

      I’m jealous! :) I miss all of you so much. Hopefully, we’ll be able to come out to see you in January.

      • GA says:

        I was just wondering what your plans were. Your family is coming Sunday for a soup lunch so I was going to ask them.

        • Becca says:

          It was great to say hi to all of you over the phone on Sunday! It sounded like you all had a really nice time. I’m jealous of your weather! :)

          • GA says:

            it was a very nice time. we will get together when you come for a visit. Brit came over yesterday and went thru some stuff I was getting rid of, we had a great time together but I told her we should do the same when you come.

  3. LLADYBIRD says:

    Oh oh oh! I cannot WAIT to see your tutorials; I have a little pile of stretchy lace fabric that I really need to sew into something. All of these are so awesome! I especially love that cowl top – despite your mistakes (which I don’t see any of, btw!), it is incredibly flattering on you. And I love the stripes :)

    I can’t do any sewing under the influence either. I don’t know how people mix their wine with sewing; I just get super sloppy and ~stop caring~ and yeah, it’s bad haha. I have to be stone-cold sober to get anything done. Wine is for unwinding and celebrating after haha :)

    • Becca says:

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see what you do with your stretchy lace fabric. :) The cowl top is definitely one of the tops that I wear the most lately, and I really appreciate the complement.

      That’s exactly how I am when I’ve had even a minute amount to drink. Although, I get that way when I’m tired too, which is unfortunately pretty frequently. Agreed, wine is perfect for celebration of completion. :D

  4. lindsey menard says:

    I love all the tops you do! I don’t see any flaws in your work. You’re just that good! I love the lace yokes!

  5. steph says:

    I love them all! Great work. You’re so talented.

  6. Korey says:

    I love these lace collars! They look so beautiful and elegant. Great colors too.

    • Becca says:

      Thank you, girl! I love how they’re casual, but they dress up an outfit a bit. Oh, and these are some of my favorite colors. :)

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  9. Mindy says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog- loves it!! I’ll be following. Totally trying the purple sweetheart shirt.

    • Becca says:

      Thank you! I really appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment, and thanks for following! I’d love to see your version of the sweetheart shirt. Please show me, if and when you do make it. :)

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