Thursday, June 23, 2011

a very pink day

Did you know that today is National Pink Day?  Well if you follow pinksuedeshoe, you already know that.  Pink, as I like to call her, loves the aforementioned color.  So much so that each year on her blog she goes ALL out celebrating pink.  She's having a pink giveaway all week and then today will be filled with pink posts and all sorts of good fun.  Not to mention that if you live in Utah you can go The Pinkalicious Party she is throwing where you can partake in pink cupcakes, pink raspberry lemonade, and catch her with her newly dyed pink locks! (or click on that link and you can see a photo)

If you know Pink at all you know that in addition to the color pink she loves to thrift (pyrex and vintage sheets specifically).  Yesterday, I wore my new shirt that I made (in pink!) and went thrifting.  I found some pyrex, although faded, and some vintage sheets!  I couldn't stop thinking that I was having a very Pink day.

Here's a peek at my loot:
thrifting loot
awesome green vase, hand stitched linen napkins, pink (faded) pyrex pie plate, sheets

The aqua sheet is so smooth and soft!  I can't wait to use it on the back of a quilt! And I'm pretty sure they are vintage - look at the labels.
vintage labels on some vintage sheets
I bought this pattern a few weeks back at that big blue box store (don't judge!). I've been looking for a replacement pattern for the Built by Wendy 3835 peasant type top (it's out of print).

And remember you can't judge a pattern by it's cover.  I was looking at the lines and this one looked the most like a shirt I had recently bought at Target.  I wanted to try some elastic thread for the sleeve gathering too.
don't judge a pattern by it's cover
I wasn't sold on the fact that I was going to like this shirt, so I made up a muslin first.  I actually used the muslin from my ball gown skirt and made a mock up and decided it would work.  When I saw this swiss dot at Hancock's (I was shocked!) I knew I had to have it for this shirt.  It's easy and comfy like a t-shirt but looks a lot nicer.
Simplicity G2415
The sleeves called for a casing but  I used elastic thread for the first time to gather the sleeves. I LOVE it!
elastic thread-gathered sleeves
That thread is SO smart!! It knows just the right amount to gather. Amazing.

I know I always like to see the clothing on people when they blog about it.  So here's a shot my 5 year old took (again) this time with my heavy camera.  She did pretty good, but cropped off part of my head,  so I had to fix it a bit. And by a bit, I mean I cut the rest of my head off.  I wasn't wearing any makeup, and who wants to see THAT anyway?
DSC_5995
just a note about that awesome haze in the background - no that's not from some cool lens creating a great effect.  It's actually smoke from a local wildfire.  It smells like a campsite in my house, and not in a good way.
I held up the shirt to a couple of other shirts I like and made this one about the same length. After looking at this picture, I think I might lengthen the next one just a bit more.

I'm going to be honest here, I don't really like how I look in the shirt in the photo - but some random person told me they liked it while I was shopping at Goodwill. (is that a good thing?) It's comfy though and cuter than just another t-shirt.

If you are nervous about sewing clothing this would be a GREAT beginner pattern. I cut out the 3 pieces the other day with the intent to put them aside for later. Then I thought - hey! There's only like 6 seams to sew! So I whipped up the major part of the shirt in about 20 minutes. The neck, sleeves and hem did take a little bit longer.

Hope you have a pinkalicious day! 

19 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Kelly Irene said...

The shirt is really cute! I like how you used the elastic thread rather than the casing on the sleeves.

sewfunbymonique said...

I absolutely LOVE that shirt! I want a go-to shirt pattern because I'm tired of my tees. Great job! I may need to buy that pattern!

Rachel D said...

I really like this shirt! By the way, do you live in NC? We also have a haze from a wildfire here and it's horrible.

Alisa said...

I like it, Amy!

Karenkay said...

I love the shirt you made...thanks for showing us!!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Beautiful! Yay, I couldn't wait to see this! I love that you used elastic thread on the sleeves. That pink fabric is fabulous!!

ktquilts said...

Thanks for the tips! I have been wanting a peasant shirt, now to get the pattern!!

Laurel H. said...

Love the peasant top! But I don't think they make this pattern anymore; aw....

A.J. Dub. said...

I love your shirt! I really wasn't going to comment on anyone's blog today since I had 53 to read in 20 minutes, but I had to tell you! I am totally going hunting for that pattern. Will you share your elastic thread tips? I have never used it.

Katy Cameron said...

Love this top! I tried shirring elastic this last week, and at the moment we're not on speaking terms, neither me and the elastic, nor me and the piece of material that was meant to be sun dress shaped right now! As I go on holiday on Saturday, looks like I'll have to conquer it when I get back in time for next year!

Aunt Spicy said...

completely adore the shirt!

Beth@seasonsofhome said...

I love the shirt. Making clothes is so much fun.

***** said...

you are darling. the fabric is darling and it looks darling on you. nice work sister friend. i can smell you from here. very campy. love and miss. xoxo

Eleanor said...

Wow! Great fabric, lovely job and it looks wonderful on you. I bet it is also cool on a hot day. I will have to look for that pattern.

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

Great job Amy :). It looks super cute!

pinksuedeshoe said...

That shirt looks great. I need to go buy that pattern I guess. And I love the sheets! Yay for thrifting adventures!

Nicole said...

That is adorable! I'm terrible at sewing clothes - I end up picking out so many seams that I get angry. Are you SURE this is a good one to start with? I want it. I have lots of fabric I could use and it would be nice to have an alternative to the usual T-shirt.

cooler said...

Nice pics and I really love the aqua sheets, your thinking is very useful and i got new ideas from your blog. Thanks for sharing!!!

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kristenita said...

it turned out awesome!!!!! and I'm so glad we've been getting rain to settle some of the campfire smoke outside & hopefully help that fire get under control.

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