Sunday, February 20, 2011

Another HSM Shirt

There hasn't been a lot of sewing going on around here this week, but I did manage to finish up a UFO that's been taking up valuable space on the end of my ironing board. This is Simplicity 2836, AKA the High School Musical Shirt:
This is version 3 (version 5 if you count the two boy's shirts I made from the same pattern.) The first version was view D. For the second version, the princess made some customization requests. And for this version, she requested basically the same shirt, but with the trim applied in a "rounded square." Her wish is my command.

It's taken me months to finish this. Not because it's hard, but because it took that long to find a suitable trim to cover the lace header with. Unfortunately, when you put a project on the back burner, it tends to get forgotten about.

At this point, I'm just so happy to have it done. I ended up using lime green baby rick rack to cover the header. I was in a hurry to finish it so I didn't bother piping the front bands, I just used a decorative stitch on my machine and contrasting thread to jazz it up. I'm not thrilled with it.

It's not even all that noticable. Oh well. The fabric is a super nice quilting cotton I got at Hobby Lobby ages ago, and was actually left over from another project. This little top finished it up and now my stash is that much closer to being under control.
I'm tired of this pattern, but I probably will make it again. It's perfect for using up fabric when you only have about a yard and a half of it, and it really does lend itself to customization so you can use leftover bits of lace, rick rack, piping, what have you. Plus, it's adorable when it's all made up and quite wearable for school, church, etc. And I have some aqua blue cherry print fabric left over that would look so awesome with red rick rack...

In other news, I finally got my vintage dress cut out and I started putting it together:

Stay tuned for an update soon. In the meantime, Happy Sewing!


angie.a said...

Good grief she looks grown up in these!! Ack! What happen to that sweet little baby?? LOVE the shirt. I like the decorative stitching. It's subtle. Pretty kitty too!

MushyWear said...

Nice teaser shot of the dress you are working on. I love the color! The blouse is adorable. I was just thinking what I cute idea to do the edges of the placket with a decorative stitch and then read you weren't thrilled with it. I really like it and the idea and will file it away!

Shannon said...

I always love your details!

mickey said...

I think you're talking me into this pattern. My daughter is so picky about her shirts. She would hate the lace but I think the body would work for Miss "It's too Girly"!
Your daughter is lovely!

Caroline said...

i like the shirt you made for your daughter! Her idea with the yoke detail makes it just interesting enough. And she wears it very well!