vacation is great for creating things

so, i have totally fallen off the blogging bandwagon. it’s not that i haven’t been making things, but haven’t found time for blogging. awhile back i put some photos in a folder called “blog these” – there are 10 projects and that doesn’t include anything from the last few months!

this week i’ve been doing a TON of sewing – i am finally tackling the t-shirt quilt project! when we moved last summer, we sorted through t-shirts and packed up a box and labeled it “t-shirt quilt” – and a year later, i am finally working on it. i’m currently stumped as to how to proceed but since i’ve got the sewing bug (and am on vacation), i wanted a simple project for the evening. i saw this idea on pinterest and thought hey – i can handle that! there was not a tutorial with the photo so i just decided to wing it. i asked the fella for a button-up shirt he no longer cared about, found a brown tank top in the bottom of a drawer, poured a drink (this is an important step), and went to work. 15 minutes later – voila! a new summer top!

since there was no tutorial, here are some basic instructions:

try on the tank top you are using, and mark just above the boobs (or wherever you want the shirts to meet). then, remove tank top and mark a line 1/2 inch below where you marked (seam allowance).

lay out the men’s top (buttoned up and smoothed out) and cut across just below the armpits.

then, pin some seams in the front of the shirt to make pleats (and more importantly, size the shirt to match the tank top). i used the shirt stripes as a guide for pinning mine. also, make sure your pleats all face the way you want – i messed one up and did it the wrong way.

then, pin the tank and the shirt together. the right sides should face each other. this was a little tricky – i did the front first, then flipped the tank top around the shirt and did the rest. make sure that you pull the shirt and tank taut how you want them to be sewn together.

once you’re all pinned up, sew them together. since the tank top fabric was very stretchy, i found it bunching up so i created a little pleat right in the middle of the front of the tank top. this helped keep things even as i sewed all the way around.

when you finish sewing, cut your thread, turn it right-side-out, and voila! a new summer top!

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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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