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Zebra Braids

Added Feb 3, 2010

by ginasophia

Bridgeport, Conn...






It has been a while since I’ve sewn anything, and this piece I actually began a few weeks ago, soon after I arrived in Peru. It has been delayed because I have had to do the topstiching repeatedly. I really do suck at that, and working on a new machine hasn’t helped my cause.

I on the trip to Peru I watched reruns of Project Runway and caught Santino’s dress for Nikki Hilton with the braid detail. I decided I wanted to try out braiding and so opted for the bawtwig-ish loose pattern from the stylish dress book 2, pattern D. I omitted the pockets and sleeve extension, as well as shortened it for a cropped look. Pattern D usually has a boat neck both back and front (see my cherry blossom tunic) but I made the back a bit deeper to accommodate the braids. I also wet for french seams through out since I don’t have my rust serger with me.

Also, this top is reversible owing to the simplicity of Japanese patterns.

Maybe I’ll do a tute on braiding sometime soon! It is so easy I doubt I need to.

Please forgive the un-pressed seams, I was so excited to finally post something new.

visit www.transientbeauty.blogspot.com for this post!

Material Notes

navy and cream printed cotton



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    Mar 15, 2010, 09.19 PMby cd909

    Oh my god – I LOVE this! Great work!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 12.21 AMby lmb

    amazing black and white print.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 03.00 PMby gtangel

    ooh so fabulous..

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    Feb 8, 2010, 02.47 PMby ink

    The photo’s are absolutely gorgeous! i.e. I believe it might be the model !!! I love the top- very clean and simple….and that pretty surprise back…. love it!

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    Feb 7, 2010, 03.38 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    you can’t see the braiding from the teaser pic, but what a surprise to click on this creation!!! i on the other hand love the braiding in the front. i too am inspired to get the stylish dress book series. i just fear i’m bigger than the japanese size large. and sewing in peru…how very romantic and adventurous!!! please oh please do post a tute on braiding when you can!!

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    Feb 5, 2010, 06.50 PMby lilysuze

    I love elegant clothes with zebra prints! great job :)

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    Feb 5, 2010, 09.59 AMby sandrasews

    Fabulous! Love the shape of the top and your choice of fabric. Very very hip.

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    Feb 5, 2010, 05.01 AMby elisana

    WOW! Nice! The belted version is my favorite. Great job!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.21 PMby skwarynia

    Really good job:) I like animal prints but in elegant versions- such as you did:) It looks great with a belt, and it would with many golden bracelets on hand:):)

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      Feb 4, 2010, 10.31 PMby ginasophia

      Thanks! I cant wait to accessorize this top up!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.13 PMby kitzler

    Oh and I forgot to mention — your top totally inspired me to get the Stylish Dress Book 2! After seeing your project I went looking for it and ordered it from Japan within about 5 minutes.

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      Feb 4, 2010, 10.31 PMby ginasophia

      Thats Great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, there are so many basic patterns to alter and play with!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 05.05 AMby 5294sandras

    Great top!!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.52 AMby bows

    I really love this top! Im been thinking about making something like this for a while but now youve totally inspired me :)

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      Feb 5, 2010, 04.00 PMby ginasophia

      Yay! I’m so glad. Good luck and I can’t wait to see your version!!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 04.24 AMby smallone

    Very Trina Turk….Like it!!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 10.22 PMby igamiga

    I like it wery much…it’s simple but efect…nice

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    Feb 3, 2010, 10.20 PMby igamiga

    I like it wery much..it’s so simple but with efect!! great..

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    Feb 3, 2010, 09.53 PMby BeYou TiFul

    I really like it, its simple but classy. I would wear it like you are on pic no. 2. Well done!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 07.12 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    sexyy fun !!! zebraaa rawwr!! :D I adoree animal prints(don’t own one yet..bur soon _:D)

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    Feb 3, 2010, 06.40 PMby Nuria Razetdinova

    очень круто…. вы молодец!!!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 06.24 PMby fabricaddict

    I love your Zebra top! and the back is lovely!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 06.22 PMby kitzler


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