summer already?

March 1, 2015

Okay, it doesn’t really get cold here…but it also doesn’t get particularly hot. I am in a little bit of a holding pattern, waiting around for summer. These two pieces remind me of hot, humid weather. A shirt or dress that you can wear all day, and into the warm night. 

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They made out of thin cotton shirting. Each one is double layered, lined with more of the same plaid. I simply sewed the neck and sleeves together, turned the garment around,  and sewed the shoulder and side seams. The whole thing, turned right side out, made an inner and outer dress layer. 

The shoulders and sleeves are cut a little bit on the bias, and are meant to be worn loose, drapey, and possibly folded over.

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The shirt was initially meant to be the top of a dress. I didn’t have much luck with the skirt, the fabric was just too thin to lay right, so I turned the top into a shirt. It was a little bit too short, so I added a strip of fabric at the bottom.

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The shirt and dress have different necklines. I was having fun cutting out shapes and curves. 

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And here is the finished neck. Simple symmetry of curves, lines, and plaid.

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4 Responses to “summer already?”

  1. Jana Says:

    Nice garment! I especially like the curved neckline. Can you explain how you did it? I imagine it is quite difficult at the lowest part of the V-shape. Best, Jana

    http://www.meandmyveritas.wordpress.com

    • Torrey Says:

      Thanks Jana! The neck was actually quite easy. I cut out the shape on two layers of fabric, and then stitched them, right sides together with a 1/4″ selvage. Then I clipped the selvage around the neck where there were curves, and at the pointiest spot. Next, I turned it right side out, pressed it, and then stitched along the edge about 1/8″ to reinforce. Hopefully this makes some sense! Let me know if you would like me to draw a picture.

  2. Bill Witherspoon Says:

    Looks nice, Tor!

    From: living in the woods and making stuff Reply-To: living in the woods and making stuff Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM To: Bill Witherspoon Subject: [New post] summer already?

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