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Sunday, November 10, 2013

McCalls 6566



I have finally found a pattern that I can call a TNT t-shirt. It too less than an hour to stitch up. In the beginning, I added a "cheater" FBA by adding 2" to the center front and gradually "trued" it to the side seam. Big mistake. It looked horrible. I woulnd up removing that 2" as well as another 2" to give it more of a "high/low" look. Now I absolutely love it.


This was my wearable muslin. I used Slinky that's been in my stash forever! It may not look like much to you but I'm going to be able to pair this with so many skirts. If I change the jewelry and shoes I can totally change how this top will look. I've already made it using Pleather as the front overlay--In black of course! Here I'm wearing it with the leather skirt I refashioned either earlier is year or late last year. I snapped these photos as I was running out to church this morning. I've got to work on getting better photos with my tripod!




I scored the super cute shoes at Payless for a mere $14. Faye says I'm everyday fabulous which means I don't need designer goods to look AWESOME. Thank you Faye!

BTW please click on this link and tell me whether something is missing. Based on the instructions, I don't think that would help me find the grain at all. I know what she means but I've been sewing for a billion years and can easily recognize the lengthwise and crosswise grain. I think it might be totally misleading to a beginning sewist!

15 comments:

  1. You are rockin' this look lady! Love it, love it!

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  2. Great look, R. I'd like to see how you worked the pleather inset on the next version.

    As for the grainline link, this reminds me of an ad trick that asks a whole bunch of questions to which many folks want answers - but never answer. I didn't watch the video, so maybe the answer is there.

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  3. You look great, love the shoes.

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  4. Great top! Like you say, extremely versatile. I may have to get that pattern:)

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  5. Great looking top. I have the pattern; now I want to make it.

    I watched the video, which has absolutely nothing to do with finding the straight of grain. You can see the actual grain of the fabric in the video, when she's drawing lines. The lines are nowhere near the grain. I agree with you, this would really screw with the heads of newbie sewists.
    How about pulling a thread near an edge to determine the grain? Easy peasy.

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  6. Yes that is a great top. I love confidence! It looks good on you.

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  7. I disagree with Faye, there's nothing everyday about you. You're over the top fabulous!!!!

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  8. I love this look on you and just made a faux leather skirt in black! I can understand why this is your new TNT top!

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  9. Love, love, love this look! I've got 'capote' envy right now! Love it!

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  10. 'Captoe'...typo in previous comment....

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  11. I agree with Dixie, the video will not help anyone find straight of grain. I could see the grain in the fabric, and her "straight of grain line" looked more like bias. Pull a thread to find the grain. In using scraps, cross grain is not likely to matter, since scraps will make pockets, facings, etc.
    I love the leather skirt!

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  12. I looked as close as I could at that video, and I swear she's drawing lines on the bias! And then calling them straight and cross grain based on the wobbly factor? I try to respect that there are many ways to do something, but that's just totally wrong. I tried to think of why she would be calling that straight of grain... and I simply can't figure it out!

    And... I love the top with the slight high low. Nice!

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  13. I watched the video, and I find it odd. She draws a line, apparently at random, and because it's straighter than the second line she drew, it's magically the grain line?

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