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Jersey Tank from Old Tees!

Peplum Power!
Shark Tank Skirt

One of the reasons I don’t like buying sewing patterns is that once you’ve bought it and made the thing, you’re done.  I mean, who wants a wardrobe consisting of the same dress over and over????  I recently bought a pattern from Burda to make this awesome dress.  I thought I might be done with it, but then I remembered this sweet Kubrick tee I snagged for $1 at one of my fave thrift stores!  🙂

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Full Cotton T-Shirt

I hacked off the neck and wore it Flashdance-style a few times…then it became my fave pajama tee.  This would not do!  This tee is too nifty (and I’m too big a Stanley Kubrick fan) for it to be relegated to my pajama drawer!

I pulled out that dress pattern and got to work!

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Two Easy Pieces!

I didn’t really want another dress (yet!), so I only used the top part of my pattern to make a tank instead!  🙂

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You can see that I’m making the shoulder straps a little shorter for my tank.  No biggie!  They were just a little longer than I liked on the original dress (I ended up taking them in a smidge).

I dutifully followed the instructions from the pattern.  I had a few heavily cut-up tees that I harvested them hems from to make my binding for the arm and neck holes.

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Harvest Time!

After stitching them down, I took my tank and gave it a nice hi-low hem, keeping with the look of the original dress!

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Now my sweet new top is ready for a day at Bristol Motor Speedway for NASCAR!!!!

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This is a place where people go to watch other people drive around in circles.

Nope.  That’s not a joke, folks!

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Kubrick would be pleased!


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Tailgating with style! 🙂
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Loving that Hi-Low hem! 🙂

Of course it stormed a good bit, so I was stuck in this sweet ensemble for a couple of hours :/ :

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Keeps freshness in. Can’t keep NASCAR out! 🙂

I’m not much of a racing fan, but I am a fan of road trips with fun people, and new experiences!  🙂

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…like this fella! 🙂
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It’s bigger on the inside!
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I couldn’t help but hope Arthur Dent was behind the wheel with Ford, Zaphod, and Trillian in the pit crew! 😀


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Larry Blyth– Race Photographer.  😉


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Fun times! 🙂



  • Shirley

    Just found your blog and seriously LOVE IT!! I have a tote of clothing that I have been saving to refashion and oh the inspiration I have gotten! Normally I refashion to make into something for my boys, but hey why should they get all the fun? You are truly amazing I hope that I can make even 1 thing that is half as fabulous!

  • PJ

    NOW you’re getting the pattern thing!
    Take a TNT* pattern or two, plus a bit of this and a bit of that, and voila!, Frankenpattern*-style, you’ve got something new!

    *TNT=Tried and True, aka a pattern you already know fits
    *Frankenpattern = when you take the top of one pattern, the skirt of another, the neckline of another… – you get the idea.

    Check out whenever you’ve got a new pattern, to see what others have made from it. Their search function is quirky – use “advanced search” when searching for reviews of a particular pattern – but the wealth of info and experience there is huge!

  • Angelia

    My hubby loves drag racing, but no so much on NASCAR,, However, it is an experience, one every person should try,, at least once. Yep, I am with you, beer, ALOT of beer. Cute top, enjoy seeing your work and reading your blog and, as always, looking forward to your next post.

  • Kelly

    Heyyyy!!! My boyfriend was there! For the week. I can’t imagine watching a race for that long. I think my neck would begin to hurt from the repetitive motion…

    Very very cute top 🙂 I shall try this among the other projects I’ve been working on!

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