Fabric: “art nouveau”-style sailor moon t-shirt from teefury.
Pattern: alabama studio tank pattern (available in alabama studio style)
Notions: embroidery floss
Time to Complete: 1 hour, for preliminary work. embellishment & handstitching 5-6 hours.
First Worn: july 8, 2012
Wear Again: yes
Total Price: priceless.
Challenge Theme: “embellishment”
i’ve found myself consumed and obsessed by my first sewing love, refashioning t-shirts. so i hope you will bear with me while i work through the impulse and keep cutting and re-sewing t-shirts.
this week i bring you another alabama studio pattern, the fitted tank top with princess seams from alabama studio style. i was inspired by the version in the book with the circles appliqued on one panel of the princess pieces and wanted to create my own, geek-worthy version. do you ever have a piece of fabric and are looking at a picture and suddenly, it is like the fabric and the pattern have communicated with each other without even consulting you? this top was like that. i knew immediately which piece of fabric (or in this case, XXL t-shirt) wanted to be this top.
the intricate design of the graphic demanded the full alabama studio treatment of hand-stitching, open seams and embroidered embellishments. i opened the panel seams around the t-shirt and stitched them back down using a catch-stitch. i attached the neck and arm binding the same way.
you recall how i said i was inspired by the applique on this top? i changed it up a bit and decided to use a back panel as my base. i started out with a few yellow circles, and decided to make crescent moons, a la luna.