Friday, June 20, 2014

Sewn Top Resurrected!

It was an inside day for us chickens today.  (Well, no, our crazy chickens were actually outside all day . . . in the rain.)  But we were inside.  We got one and 2/10ths inches of rain, and the day felt pretty cool since it was only in the 50s.

I was determined to see if I could find a way of altering the top I've been making so it was at least usable.  You know, so I could wear it without fear of it falling off and landing in a puddle of fabric on my gardening shoes if I made a wrong move.

I appreciated all of your suggestions of ways to make it smaller across the shoulders and (cough, cough) chest area, but I thought the easiest solution might be to loosen part of the neck facing (really more of a rolled binding) and gather up the front on either side of the ties as much as possible.  So that's what I did and . . . 


. . . ta-dah, it worked!  It's not perfect, that's for sure, but plenty good enough for a cool top to wear in the garden.  (Whew, snookered through that one, I did.)  And I am glad it's done!

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  1. I don't know if I've ever seen a direct photo of you---and you are lovely!

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    1. Now I'm embarrassed! But thank you for a comment that has made my day. :o}

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  2. Nice shirt!! And nice to see a new pic of you, although my favorite will always, always be "Pot on Head Lady".

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    1. Carolyn - I did consider putting a paper bag over my head but couldn't find one that fit. And a plastic bag might not have been a good idea considering all the work I have to do yet this summer. ;o}

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  3. I am envious of that shirt & the fact that you are so beautiful! Thank you for the pic.

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    1. DFW - Ho-ho! Beautiful, I am not. On a really good day, maybe attractive. But you've made me feel really good regarding the shirt and your lovely compliment. Thank you!

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  4. Somehow I managed to miss your original post with your gaping neck issues :-) Looks like you figured it out nicely though!! Looks lovely!! Looks cool and comfy!!!

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    1. Freedom Acres Farm - I think it will be cool and comfy. Last night when I modeled it I was downright cold because the house was a bit on the chilly side as we'd had rain all day. After the pic, I immediately took the top off and put on t-shirt and a hoodie and pulled the drawstring tight around my head! (Summer in Minnesota . . . ya just never know, do ya?)

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  5. Such a pretty top and you look fantastic in it. I'm glad you managed to fix it so it's comfy for you to wear. Nothing worse than a top that gapes and shows stuff you don't want on display.

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    1. Sparkless - Thank you! It's still pretty "gape-y" when I bend over but I won't shock anyone in the garden but the broccoli and weeds!

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  6. Looks terrific. But wow--don't forget the bug dope. Those mosquitoes will be munching on those arms!
    (Did anyone ever tell you that you have great arms?-My gosh--I've got flabby arms--I'd kill to have tone like yours!)

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    1. Sue - Believe me, I never go outside so "bare" except on a sunny, breezy, bugless day. I'd be dead from bug poison in less than an hour!

      I've always been built like my dad (not the best thing for a female), short, stocky, and muscled. You should see my arms when I make a muscle ala Arnold. It scares everyone.

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  7. Mama Pea,

    I heard on the news Minnesota had some flooding with all the rain up there. Are y'all okay up there?

    What a nice looking top you've made, and it looks real nice on you.

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    1. Sandy - The bad flooding has been from mid-state on down to the southern part. So far, way up here we're fine. Soggy this morning, but fine.

      Thank you for the nice words regarding the top. I still really like the fabric, but the pattern gave me more fits than just the neckline! I'm not sure I'll use it again.

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  8. How cute! Now if you ever get HOT weather you can wear it :)

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    1. Nancy po - Exactly! Hubby and I just came in from a short walk (8 p.m.). I wore a blouse, hoodie and down vest over that. And I got chilled! Geesh.

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  9. You look absolutely lovely in your top. We have hot weather during the middle of the day, but then it cools and I run for my t-shirt too!! Don't let the buggies get you though.

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    1. mtnchild - Thank you! What with the plenty of rain we've had, now we sure do need some sunshine. Maybe things would start to grow then. Maybe.

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  10. So pretty! You and your new top :)))))

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    1. Kelly - Aw, you're so sweet to say that!

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  11. You DO look like Audrey Hepburn! I love that top - it turned out wonderfully.

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    1. Susan - Pshaw! But don't I WISH!

      I folded up the paper pattern for the top today to put away and made a gazillion notations on the face of the envelope for changes to make if I ever use the same pattern again!

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  12. I think the top looks fabulous!!! Well done!

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  13. Nice picture, Mama, and nice top! You asked what I want for my birthday? One of these! :)

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    1. Chicken Mama - Thanks, child of mine. Ya know, this coming winter you really should learn how to sew. :o)

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  14. Yes, you are lovely and beautiful!!! What a great picture! And what a great little top you made!! You got the fit after all and hope you gets lots of enjoyment wearing your new oh-so-cute and comfy summer top. Very nice Mama Pea!

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    1. Lisa - Thank you, thank you! It's gonna have to warm up quite a bit here in northern MN before I can venture out in this top. :o)

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    2. Would be more than happy to share some of these 94 degree days with you?! :)

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