Monday, January 18, 2010

Resolution: Finish Projects!

I've had these two unfinished shirts sitting in my sewing basket for a long time.  One was started in the Summer of 2008 and I got hung up on the buttons, because my button-holer decided to keep jamming every time I attempted to use it.  The other shirt was started in the early Summer of 2009 and got shoved in the sewing basket, because the dog ate my thread.  I decided that I would finally get around to working on all of these unfinished projects, so I tackled these two shirts last night.

I used Kwik Sew 3436, View A, for this shirt.  I had made View B previously, but wanted to make something with the long puffy sleeves.  It is a really quick and easy pattern and I love the fabric that I used with this shirt.  I don't remember where I came by the fabric, but it is definitely a yard sale find!  The buttons were purchased from a little store in Felton, CA that is now out of business.  I was not keen on them at first, but fellow Sewer Slut, Susan N., and our former sewing teacher convinced me that these would work and they were right!  Here's a close-up of the buttons and the print:

Next up is a vintage Simplicity pattern, #7983 circa 1977.  I found this pattern at a yard sale last year and decided to pair it with some red bandana fabric.  I chose to do View 3 (the pink and yellow examples on the pattern).  I opted out of the ribbon trim out of sheer laziness -- I did not want to go to the store to pick out the appropriately sized ribbon.  I considered using mystery lace, but decided that was too much trouble as well.  It was a pretty easy pattern.  I'm not sure that I would make it again, because it is not the most flattering on me and the sleeves are a bit drafty.


Brian said...

Are those my jeans?

Anonymous said...

I remember making that top in junior high when it first came out. It was the first pattern I ever picked for myself. I didn't find it flattering either. And I used the same kind of red bandanna print. I suspect I am becoming retro.

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Cecili said...

I've just discovered your blog thanks to sew retro, I love your creations! This kwik sew shirt is adorable, I love it :)