Saturday, February 27, 2010

HP once, twice, three times a tee

That's a mouthful, huh? This isn't going to be a long post...I'm off to pick up some Tex-Mex for dinner! But I whipped up this interesting little tee this afternoon and wanted to share! I dedicate this one to Dawn, who's waited a long, long time for it. heh.


It's the HotPatterns Once, Twice, Three Times a Tee.

Super, super easy to put together. It's basically rectangles of fabric. I'm not a fan of "slot" necklines like this and indeed I don't care for the way it flops around, or for the way the facing doesn't want to stay put. (I'm ok with the fact that I need a tank underneath. I wear a cami or tank every day anyway! I'm just old fashioned that way.)

In fact, I might be drafting a keyhole alternative neckline tonight & fixing it up. I have plenty of this muted pink & khaki tie-dye to do it. Then I think I'll be in love with the whole top. I already love the funky sleeves and the fit.

Speaking of fit, I cut a 14 in the neckline (and could have used a 12 in front I think, which might have helped my slot neckline a bit). I swung out to a 16 at the armhole, then bumped out at the bust to an 18 for a "cheater" FBA. Then I followed the 18 down to the hem, but I did cut in just a bit of shaping at the waist. Otherwise you're looking at one long rectangle for the front and back.

The front/back as drafted is LONG. I cut off 3 inches at least. I'm probably not going to hem it, I like where it's hitting me right now. I likewise didn't hem the sleeve frill. I love knits! I typically have to shorten tees because I'm pretty short-waisted. I'm 5'5 and most of that is legs!

In good mail news, I received these awesome zippers from an Etsy seller. If you're interested, I'll dig up the name! **UPDATE for that heifer beangirl: The seller is "ButtonsandSuch". There now you have zips. I can't do anything about your short legs. Muwahahaha. They ship from Asia so it takes a couple of weeks, but how darn cute are they?


Here's a closer view:


Obviously they're for exposed zipper projects, but I can't wait to use them on some cute summer skirts!

I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Wouldn't a zipper be cute on a summer quilted bag? I wondered about the top before, looks great.

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  2. "I'm 5'5 and most of that is legs!"

    I hate you.

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  3. And yes, hateful person, it would be very sweet of you to dig up the supplier on those kick-ass awesome zippers.

    Pretty please!

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  4. Ooo! I love this tee! A keyhole would be adorable, or what about just scooping the neckline in front? Those sleeves are awesome!

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  5. I love those flouncy, butterfly sleeves. Your t is cute, and looks like a good fit. I heart those zips and definltey want some! I would probably use them as zippered pockets and maybe a zipped front neckline. I must have them!

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  6. Yep that is a very cute top, love the girly sleeves and the fabric.

    Those zippers are awesome, I've never seen any like this before. They would also be so cute on a little girls dress/skirt/jacket.....

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  7. Holy freaking cute zippers!!! Your top is adorable, too, of course, but I was distracted by LACE zippers!

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  8. The tee is really cute. I wouldn't like that neck line on me either, but it looks good on you. Those zippers are wonderful!!

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  9. Nice top. Love the fabric. Love those zippers!!!

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  10. Nice top and great zippers, thanks for the link.

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  11. Oh my those are beautiful zippers! And I can't wait to see yoour revised version of the top!

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  12. Awesome top! I'm sooo with you on hating the slot neckline though! Ugh. Those zippers are totally frickin' cute!

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  13. I LOVE those zippers!! Thanks for the link!

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  14. Hi, I hope you don't mind, I have added one of your tutorials to my 100+ fat quarter tutorials post, thank you for sharing :o)
    jo
    http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2010/02/fabric-swap-100-fat-quarter-tutorials.html

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  15. WOW! I love those zippers. And thanks for the (BELATED!!!!) review of the tops. It is really cute!

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  16. How would you approach sewing the lace zipper so all of its loveliness is on display?

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