Posts Tagged ‘top’

Japanese Butterfly Garden Top

Today’s top reminded me of one of my wardrobe staples from when I was in high school.

I wasn’t always fashionable you see…

I used to love love LOVE funky polyester butterfly-collar shirts.  Like crazy.  I had a closet full of ‘em and I wore one pretty much every single flippin’ day.  I would throw one over a tank top, don a pair of Jncos (anybody else remember those???), spike my hair, and head out the door.  Oh yeah.  I was stylin’, y’all.  ;)

Anywho…high school was I won’t even tell you how many years ago, and my personal style has changed quite a bit.  :)  But when I saw this top, I grew wistful and nostalgic.  I loved its funky print that made me think of Japan, and I really missed owning something with a butterfly collar.  :(  I’ve held on to this thing forever…not really knowing what to do with it.

Until now!  :)

First things first.  I needed to get my new top nicely fitted before I did anything else!

Take-innery!

Whirrrrrr!!!!

After I took in my sides, I cropped off the extra fabric as well as the sleeves.  Then I did a bit more cutting.  It’s just too insanely hot here to have any sort of sleeves at all!

Going sleeveless!

After cutting my new arm holes, I made several teeny triangle-shaped notches.  These will make it easy to fold them over for their new hems!  :)

Notch it! :)

Then I folded the notched edges under twice, and stitched them down!

Almost done! :)

Now I have a fun new top for an evening of celebration!   :)

Wait a tic…Why am I so very happy? :)

I mean…didn’t I just lose my job?

 

Perhaps I’m just in a state of denial?

I have some AWESOME news to share with you, dear reader!  Governor Haley’s vetoes that would have cut all state funding for the SC Arts Commission have been OVERRIDDEN!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)  I am so incredibly happy to see what strong bipartisan support the Arts and the Arts Commission have in this state!  :)

You can’t spell “bipartisan” without “art”! :)

This of course means I have my job back!  :)  Hooray for not having to be a hobo or start my own snuggling business for $60 an hour like this enterprising young lady.  :)

Seriously…this was the uniform reaction last time I tried to start a for-profit snuggling ring. :/

A big Thank You to everyone for their words of encouragement/advocacy/awesomeness during the last couple of weeks.  You’re all amazing.  :)

THANKS! :)

Cheers!

 

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Day 364: All Tied Up Top

Today’s piece isn’t exactly fashion-forward, but it has sparkles to spare!

Seriously. You want some sparkles? Because I’ve got plllleeeeenty!

Alright.  The only thing I like about this top is the subtle glittery print.  Time for some serious choppage!

Choppity Chop!

You can see how I’ve laid out one of my best-fitting tanks as a template for the shape of my future top.  Are you wondering why I’ve left so much room on the sides?  :)

Step 2!

I cut a bunch of 1″ish strips down each side, then tied them together!

All tied up!

This is an extremely easy no-sew solution for any of your boring tops that are made of a fray-proof fabric!  :)

It’s so easy! :)

Feelin’ the fringe! :)

Cheers!

Day 362: Mairi Shrug

Today’s piece comes from a land down under!  And yes – You’d better run.  You’d better take cover!  :)

What the what?!?!

You haven’t even seen the best part yet!

because removing your bloomers to go to relieve yourself is such a hassle!

I pretty much died laughing when I opened Mairi’s package.  She certainly gave me quite a challenge!  :)

Alright…as I’m not into Victorian Cosplay, these unmentionables were going to require a complete overhaul!

First, I reached into my dye stash and pulled out this:

They call me Mellow Yellow!

Into a nice, hot bath of dye the bloomers went!

Things are looking brighter already! :)

After a rinse & dry, I realized that dyeing this in the machine had a negative consequence.  :/

I should have dyed these in the sink instead. :/

Thee good news was, not all of the lace was damaged, just the outer layer.  Not a terrible thing.  I went ahead and chopped it off from both legs.  I went ahead and snipped off those back ties while I was at it.

Snipping!

I took the waist band, doubled it over, and pinned it together inside-out.

Do you see where I’m going with this yet?

A quick bit of stitchery followed.

Whirrrrrr!!!!

Now those weirdo bloomers are a fun & funky shrug!  :)

Perfect for a sweltering SC day! :)

Super Light & Comfy!

You’d never guess what this used to be! ;)

Thanks so much for sending this crazy thing my way, Mairi!!!!  :)

Cheers!

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