Tuesday, February 2, 2010

what i made today.

♫... i'm a maker,
i'm a baker,
i'm a real rule breaker...

i am a major rule breaker.

that is, i don't read manuals,
i don't follow recipes
and i don't use pins, chalk,
patterns, etc. when sewing.

so, before i go much further, this is
not a tutorial,
just a little something i wanted to share today.
i have to always be 'making or baking' something.
i haven't sewed in quite awhile,
the bummer was that now i need glasses to sew...
it's that birthday thing, i guess. anyway,
i used to have a t-shirt business,
where i designed the artwork {embroidery}
and then sold the shirts to shops.

i've always wanted to make and sell t-shirts again,
and probably will one day, but honestly,
there are sooo many
talented people on etsy doing their thing,
that i've just put it on the back burner.

i've been wanting a new ruffled t-shirt
so today i made one.

i bought two tanks from old navy,
super soft cotton in pale blush. $3.99 ea.
they had many other colors for $10 ea.

cut one of the tanks in strips.

baste the strips.

start sewing them on the tank,
t-shirt, sweater, whatever you choose.

be careful to stay on the shirt.
these have really skinny straps.

i made a little rossette at the front.

ta-dah!
my $8 shirt.

which, of course,
i'll be wearing with my $17 destructed,
boyfriend khakis
that i also picked up at old navy today.

i am really happy with the way this turned out,
and have ideas to do some more sewing soon.

if you'd like to make one
and need any help,
please feel free to ask
and i'd be happy
to give you some better tips.

9 comments:

  1. Wow, that's so adorable! I've been craving soft, girly fashion ever since I read your other blog (and looked at J.Crew... sigh... too expensive). I'm super impressed by your tank, wish I had the confidence (not to mention the sewing machine) to try that myself! Unfortunately, I'm a timid seamstress... it took all I had just to try the headbands! Maybe I need to find find myself a sewing class. Kudos to you, Kerri! :D

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  2. I seriously love your $8 t shirt!! GORGEOUS!

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  3. thanks for all your sweet comments! I am pleasantly surprised, it looks really pretty on, too!

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  4. Kerri, this piece is FABULOUS! I would seriously buy one from you if you were selling them! :)

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  5. This is adorable! I would buy on Etsy....!

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  6. This is so cute. My daughter would love one of these.

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  7. so pretty and diy inspiring!!

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Thank you so much for all your sweet comments! I absolutely love to sign in to TenThings Jewelry Blog and see that I have comments, it's like getting love notes in the mail. Each and every comment makes my day, so thank you so much! Kerri