Mod Valentine Top by Melcollette

Summary

Category:
Clothing
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2013-01-31T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-02-06T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I had a challenge to make something Valentine-inspired, and I came up with the idea of a modern spin on cupid's arrow for a shirt.  Since I couldn't find the fabric I wanted, I just screen-printed my own to look like modern arrow fletchings!  To make my own cheap screen, I used an old sheer curtain (found at a thrift shop) and inserted it into a huge embroidery hoop (also from a thrift shop).  I went the easy route and used contact paper to make my pattern, stuck the contact paper onto the sheer fabric, and started printing away with Speedball fabric ink and a cookie spatula.  Totally ghetto, but the result was exactly what I wanted!

The problem with this shirt was the collar.  No matter what I tried, the bodice fabric would stretch when I sewed the collar on.  Stay stitching, walking foot, etc. you name it I tried it!  The only thing I can think of was to draw the collar piece with an exaggerated curve to it to compensate for the bodice stretching out, but by the time I got to that point I had already given up :)  Next time!  So, I just placed the buttons lower to have the collar lay open a bit and look like it was supposed to be wide.  Let's just say patience is not a virtue I can brag about.

I love the lace detail, the little dot accent fabric, and the fact that I sewed a placket successfully for the first time!  I am glad I learned how to do that; I will certainly be using it more in the future.  I love learning new things, especially when sewing is involved!

Pictures

Loves

Sarah

Comments

Jschlender

So cute! Love how you designed the fabric and used lace and the cute pink hearts. What a lucky little girl to have a modern Valentines shirt to wear. The model is adorable!

Sewzalot

It is adorable! Love the lace detail and the gathering on the sleeve. Looks fabulous on your darling model!

Mymble

Really great! Love the print and all the wonderful details -great solution for the collar!!

Sarah

So sweet! The details are lovely. :)

Charwirfs

Very nice. Thanks for the screen printing idea. Nice results. Looks great. I see it made a hit with your little girl too.

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