Floral Pintuck Yoke Knit Shirt

IMG_6467I’ve been working on getting more me-made casual tops into my wardrobe in preparation for Me-Made-May. So, I finished this fun and comfy top this weekend.

I’m happy to report that I’m really making progress on my UFO pile lately.This is another item that I cut out last year but left unfinished. I drafted the pattern around the same time as my lace yoke sweetheart and dolman tops. It was as simple as cutting a yoke out of my basic shirt pattern and slashing and separating to create the pintucks.

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Reconstructed Lace Insert Shirt Tutorial

laceinserttutorialThis is the second of the three tutorials I mentioned in this post. The tutorial below explains how to make a top with lace yokes and sleeve inserts, using a large recycled turtleneck and some stretchy lace. The lace I used was in the remnant pile at Hancock, but you could probably find a lace top to recycle if you want you’re top to be made entirely from recycled materials.

It wasn’t necessary to take a picture of the shirt before because it was just a big turtleneck. So, I’ll start with an explanation of how I cut it up.

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Lace Yoke Sweetheart Top Tutorial

SweetheartutorialHere is the first of the three tutorials that I mentioned on Sunday: how to make a lace yoke sweetheart top.

This is a lengthy tutorial because I also included information about how to make a basic shirt pattern and how to make a pleated sleeve.

To make this pattern, you’ll need some tracing or drawing paper, a pencil and a ruler. If you have dressmaker’s tracing/marking paper and a tracing wheel, you can use that instead of a pencil.

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Sewing Casual Wear Can be Fun

Over the last few summer months, I worked on adding a bit more casual wear to my wardrobe.

I reconstructed a vintage tank top into a top that fits better and has a little more character….

I made a tank pattern last summer, using one of my favorite tank tops, but never used it until this summer. This floral tank is one of the several I made using the pattern…

I also made a couple pairs of thrift store pants into shorts

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Birds in My Pockets

I watched the dirt shift ‘round my toes,
Enjoying this new found repose.
Then grasping a feather to admire,
I looked up to find an otherworldly choir:
A beautiful array of birds on a wire….

So I stitched some birds in my pockets
To be always carried by their song.
I may not have wings to fly apace,
But I can use a quill with grace;
I can sing along….

Like the swimsuit that I posted earlier this week, I finished these shorts on the road…

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Lace and Geometry Dress

A few months back, I found the vintage dress pictured below.

I’m not sure why I snatched it up so fast at the thrift store, because the dress went immediately into my “maybe later” pile. And there it remained for many months, while I continued to glance at it and say, “maybe later.”

Since I hadn’t sewn any clothing in a while, I was up for a challenge last week. So I pulled this dress out of the box, and put my brain to work.

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