Monday, July 9, 2007

WARNING: To Sara and my mother and everyone else out there that cringes when I have no regard for the rules of sewing, patterns and the like - this may be more than you can handle on a Monday morning. Please read the rest with caution!!

Check out Nelly!! I made this shirt last week out of fabric I got at Mill End for 50 cents a yard! FIFTY CENTS, I swear!! They were clearing out their 99 cent bin and their 1.29 section and I found lots of great stuff! I decided on Thursday night I needed a shirt like this (I saw a chick on HGTV wearing a really cool shirt similar to this one) but no pattern was to be had at that hour. Plus, I couldn't justify paying more for a pattern than for the fabric, so I winged it! I got out one of my favorite shirts that fits the absolute best and traced around it. A little cutting, a little sewing, and LOTS of adjusting and here she is! I used my sis' serger to finish off the edges with a rolled hem. So easy! I will definitely be doing that again! Thanks to Vallen, I opened the book that came with my sewing machine and found I have a stitch made just for knits and stretchy things! Therefore, much less rippling with this project. It makes Nelly look a little boxy, but trust me I have a few more curves than Nelly and I fill it out quite nicely. Don't zoom in too close - it's one of those shirts that looks better from a distance! Since I did the shirt on the diagonal I used more yardage than I would have had to, so I figure this little number cost me about 75 cents!

If all goes as planned, you'll be seeing Nelly some more this week. Who would have ever thought I would enjoy sewing clothes?

8 comments:

breanna said...

Again, you are just too cool. I love the shirt, I love the stripes, I love the price and I love that you can just whip things out like that.

Amy Jo said...

You are a brave girl....a new shirt with no pattern...YOU GO GIRL! And love the striped fabric...really love that it was 75 cents!!

becki said...

Love the shirt! You did a fabulous job! Hope all is well with you, I've been on blog vacation..just happy to be back!!

Vallen said...

I know the tendency is to NOT read instruction but you gotta admit, that stretch stitch is a sanity saver. Zig zag works in a pinch but the stretch stitch is the bomb.

amandajean said...

WOW!!! THat shirt looks awesome! I am so impressed. I liked your Monday morning warning to your mom and Sara...you are too funny.

becki said...

Thank you! I had a lot of fun making it! I'm right at 23 weeks today...only 17 more to go! Seems like so far away, but I've been told it goes by fast!

Linda said...

Good work! You are going to be drafting your own patterns for everything before long!

LeeAnn said...

Nelly looks purty!