Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Sew-Day: Too Much of a Good Thing

I love pink. I love polka dots. I love a bargain. And at $1.50, this pink polka dotted shirt was definitely a bargain. It fit great too, but whether I rolled up the sleeves or left them down, I just wasn't loving this top.

Pink Polka Dot TopPink Polka Dot Top

It felt a little overwhelming. I decided all it really needed was to be a little less. Less pink. Fewer polka dots.

Removing those sleeves should tip the scales back to the perfect amount of pink polka dots.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

After trying it on sans sleeves, I trimmed a bit more so the shoulders wouldn't be too wide. Luckily, this top already had bust darts, so there was no unfortunate armhole gaping to fix.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

I cut off the cuffs and the little straps that keep the sleeves rolled up. I also salvaged all the buttons (and noticed one was missing from one of the cuffs - possibly the reason the previous owner donated it). One sleeve was cut into bias strips.. The other went into the scrap pile for later use who-knows-when.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

I joined all the strips end-to-end.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

Then pressed the seams and trimmed the corner bits.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

I attached the strips to one armhole, right sides facing.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

Then I folded the fabric under twice, making a facing on the inside, rather than a binding that would be visible from the outside.

Pink Polka Dot Top - In Progress

I gave the facings a good press, and that was that!

Pink Polka Dot Top - After

A little less pink...

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A few fewer polka dots...

Pink Polka Dot Top - AfterPink Polka Dot Top - After

And now it's just right!

Pink Polka Top - Before & After

6 comments:

  1. You are correct..... Just Perfect!!

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  2. Yep - perfect! and pink looks good on you :)

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  3. thanks for the explanation of making the bias strips and the option of inside or outside binding!

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    1. Absolutely! Why limit yourself to just one way to finish raw edges? Options are always good!

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