the sew weekly “embellishment”: the “moon nouveau” tank top

image from alabama studio website

The Facts:

Fabric: “art nouveau”-style sailor moon t-shirt from teefury.
Pattern: alabama studio tank pattern (available in alabama studio style)
Year: 2012
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.

but wait, there’s more.

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.

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13 Responses to the sew weekly “embellishment”: the “moon nouveau” tank top

  1. I think the use of all those crescent moons for the appliques is perfect! Gosh I wish I had gotten that shirt!

  2. Oooh this is awesome! Love the remix. Just found you today and delving into your archives now XD

  3. bTW has your site been hacked/ compromised? I just clicked your about section and it tried to re-direct me someplace strange and I got a warning from Chrome that the redirect is to a malware site. Might want to check your passwords etc!

  4. amy says:

    Sailor Moon!!!

  5. megthegrand says:

    GAH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the back! All of that lovely stitching, and those lovely moons!! It’s brilliant, and definitely takes me back many, many years 🙂 Well done!

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