Tired of hearing about the t-shirts yet? Too bad.....
'coz I seem to be still in my t-shirt phase. Kim calls me Halters R Us.
I'm enjoying this book, you may have noticed. Given how much I have used it, this might have turned out to be the purchase of the decade for me. Not bad for 8 bucks or so. Well, then there was the $249 (or something) for the sewing machine. What was that I was saying about false economy, Katy? But damn, I've used it far more than any of the expensive knitting books I've got. Which, now that I think of it, is sad, really.
This is one of those roll-top dealies that can be worn off the shoulder. Reminds me of Marilyn Monroe a little bit. A big jump in sophistication, but still a t-shirt.
I used the pattern in the book modeled here: I tried it on and it looked pretty good on me. It'll look really good on a 21-year-old. I hope she likes it. The other day we chatted:
Me: Do you have a wish list for which t-shirts and which designs for me to do next?
Her: No. Just don't use all my t-shirts. I need some to sleep in and stuff.
Me: LOL. Um. Should I stop now?
Her: No. It gives you pleasure.
That's my girl.
So. I thought I was done. I really did. And then I got this brainstorm.
This is something that will really need to be modeled to show how cute it is. It was hard to get a good photograph of it, either flat or on a hanger. Here is a bad shot of the back. It's a bandeau that ties in the back. Because it is snug-fitting, the words on the top will flatten out and be readable, not all bent up like that. Below the tied portion, it is open so some skin on the back will show below the bra line. I put some shaping in the waist, which again doesn't show very well because of my hurried photo-taking. You can see how it curves in at the waist in the hanging-up photo. It was all very convenient to do that, because where that shaping is is where the sleeves of the original t-shirt were, and to cut them out made it curve inward anyway. I just had to seam that up and make it flow downward toward the waist and back out toward the hips. The bandeau is six or seven inches that I cut off that humongous Steamboat t-shirt, and the hem of the green t-shirt provided the hem of the dress.
This was my own creation, based on inspiration from the book. There was a top in the book that was like this, and I thought, why not a sundress? Here's hoping it fits. I think it will. NOW I'm done. Really.
But wait........ now that I think about it.....
--------------------------On another topic.....
Hey, get a load of the Red Scarf blog. We are still working on it, but it's taking shape. Thanks to Scout for all your help. I've been right out straight with work and will be out of town for work for a couple of days. It's great to have friends who are eager to help. In which case, why the hell don't you all come over here and do these transcripts for me, huh? I know. Never satisfied.