5.26.2011

The One In Which I Find My Happy Place

I didn't use the most precise methods to alter Vogue 8380 from a dress into a shirt, so I shouldn't have been surprised when things went wrong along the way.  Like when I stitched and then serged both sides together only to read the directions later to find out that I was supposed to leave one side unstitched.  Too bad I did the same thing with the armhole facings too.  Oops.


What did surprise me, though, was my utter lack of indifference when these things did go wrong.  After all, I ended up cutting off at least 2 serged edges (and who knows how much fabric ) and yet I found myself shrugging my shoulders and saying "eh, I'll just make it work."  It was very un-Carolyn-like...and yet, it appears that I did just make it work.


The shirt actually fits (always a plus), and I like it (double plus!).  And as a triple plus, my husband told me that the shirt actually flatters my lady-parts (of course, I then needed to bust his bubble by telling him that it's only because my strapless bra is padded).


All in all, I'm ridiculously happy with how this turned out.  And to think...it all started with a little picture that I happened to see on flickr.

Pattern: Based off of Vogue 8380, but shortened into a shirt
Size: Size 4 on top but graded out to around a size 8 around the band
Fabric: The Garden voile from the Haven's Edge collection by Tina Givens (lovely stuff!)

Look at the little orange munchkin
sneaking into my photo shoot!

14 comments:

  1. Yeah for so many positivies with this. It looks great. This will be super nice in the summer.

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  2. beautiful job! It looks like you made no mistakes! love that. :0

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  3. Gorgeous! Love the fabric! I'll be coming to you for advice when I start my first piece of clothing...... ;-)

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  4. I love love love this! It looks so cute on you!

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  5. You did Tim Gunn proud...you totally made it work. And it looks so fab on you! You, my dear, keep coming out with consistently cute projects. Can at least one of them turn out badly to prove that you are human. :)

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  6. Carolyn! It is GORGEOUS! I will make you a purse if you will make me a shirt! ;) great great great work!

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  7. the perfect summer shirt! you rocked it!

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  8. I love that top! Well done, it looks really great!

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  9. That is BEAUTIFUL! It seems like you work so fast. Start putting that stuff up on Etsy and get yourself some extra cash rolling in!

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  10. Carolyn that is so beautiful! I think you should make a dress from that pattern too. I love a good empire waist. I also love the munchkin by the fence :)

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  11. oh my gosh, that sounds just like me...I'll miss the directions and think "oh well" (mostly cuz I hate unpicking" I'm working on a dress right now and who knows how it will turn out...I have made so many mistakes along the way. But your shirt is fabulous and I love the fabric!

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  12. I am yet to make a project where I haven't made a mistake so large that it didn't just get incorporated in. I like to think of it as creative licence. Very flattering shape and I adore your fabric choice you clearly have an eye for colour

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  13. Anonymous22.7.11

    I love it! Loved it so much I made a mini version of the dress for my niece! Thank you for the inspiration! P.S love ur motto

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