Thrifty finds = Pretties

Good evening good people!….I, of course have been sewing and along with a little craftiness…The other day I was thinking about how much I love the off-the-shoulder tops so I decided to look them up online to get some ideas on how to whip one up…when I typed in “off-the-shoulder top” the world “dolman” came up…now any and every time I see and/or hear something that I’ve never heard before I must educate myself on what that something is…so I set out to find out what a dolman shirt was….Come to find out it was just a fancy name for an “off-the-shoulder” top or kimono sleeve type top…Another useless fact?  Maybe, but at least I know what that word is now…further research on the name itself may or may not manifest later…lol!…
So anyway, I went into my sewing room and got to work…I had tie-dye on the brain too so I decided to combine my want for a new top with my need to dye something…I tie-dyed one of the endless t-shirts my huny so generously donates to me after only a couple wears and measured it up…I used my fashion design ruler again; I swear every time I use it I feel like I really know what I’m doing…hell, maybe I do because it came out super cute…I got compliments on it the entire day I wore it….I love your top!, That’s a cool shirt!, Did you make it or buy it?, were some of the comments I received while proudly styling my newly refashioned tee….
I also took a recent trip to the thrift store and of course scored some super cool sewing stuff…I got 4 patterns for only a dollar!!!!!…and with me being on a “top” marathon lately I decided to make a top that pair with a maxi skirt I whipped up a few weeks ago…I went to my trusty stash and grabbed a bright and beautiful Cobalt blue pique fabric I just bought recently from Hancock’s….I made view C but I modified it quite a bit….I didn’t AT ALL want the loop embellishment that the pattern called for so I made mine with a center seam down the middle of the front…the back has a cool pleat that is just so darling IMO…I also used Red thread for contrast…I know I will be making this top again, its just one of those tops that will look cute with so many fabrics and prints…..andddddddddd my snazzy new shirt cost me less than $3 dollars to make!…Another thrift store score!!!!!…Well I will show the photos now….brace yourselves; they are cayute!…(wink-wink)

Tie-dyed Dolman shirt…who knew a plain White tee had this much potential?

I tried to show the center seam down the middle…Pink Cookie is such a skinny arse things just hang on her…LOL

 Super cool neckline and contrast thread huh?….;)

Side view…so scallop-y….hehehehe

 Tried to show the back pleat a little…its nicer than this picture…maybe it’ll come out better when I wear it…

My “new” top pattern!…see it marked for 25 cents?  I loves and loves me a thrift store, I promise you I do…..McCall’s patterns have been cool for quite some time and constantly getting cooler; they come together so easily…now did you see those unattractive loops?…yeah, ummmm no, just no…but the back pleat is just do darned cute….I initially  thought it was 4 views…the back of View C is what made me want to whip it up in the first place…but when I looked for the front of View C I noticed it was the one with the loops…smh…thank the heavens for sewing skills to modify because those loops are too loopy for me! 😉

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Nichelle Shayne

I sew a whole lot, I buy waaaaayyyyy too much fabric, and I have an obsession with books (especially sewing books and magazines), shoes, and fat quarters (and I don't even quilt)...Bags will always hold a special place in my heart; I still make em from time to time.....random fact about me**the pin cushions on the front page were made by my Mama and me....She made the yellow one and I whipped up the red one.....I can ramble all day about sewing and I feel a good ramble coming on sewwwww I'll stop here (pun intended).....Oh! My name is Christy but all my friends call me Chris!

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