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Black & White at the Night Circus

Added Aug 30, 2012

by nettie

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It’s literature inspiration week at the Sew Weekly. Friends, I LOVE TO READ!! Heck, I’m in school studying librarianship! It is my favorite thing to do. Followed by making things. For this week’s challenge I had my heart set on channeling one of my absolute favorite protagonists (EVER) one Ms. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Visit my blog to read about how I ended up sewing something inspired by The Night Circus, and made almost entirely from my hubby’s old t-shirts, instead!


The Facts
Fabric | A couple of my hubby’s old t-shirts and dress I thrifted from the Goodwill store for the striped accent.
Patterns | BurdaStyle’s Lydia for the top, I winged it on the skirt. It’s a tube with an elastic waistband. I used the existing shirt hem for the bottom.
Year | Current
Notions | Thread and a bit of elastic.
Time to complete | I had a hard time with this challenge. I have been sewing, and ruining fabric, for days to come up with this relatively simple ensemble. But, it’s done and I love it. No harm, no foul. Just wasted time and fabric, lol.
First worn | On a picture walk with my kiddies. You can see the little three in a conference off to one side while my oldest takes the pics ;o) I find new graffiti every single time I leave home, now. It’s awesome! (FYI: the twins are the two closest to me, the one is the red hat is 17 months older than them, but I am often asked if they are triplets)

Wear again? | Yes. Initially, I wasn’t too jazzed about the overall look because it was not what I had in mind for this challenge. At all. (Another round of music and book challenges, please) But I think it looks rather nice in pics and it is very comfy as its made entirely of t-shirts ;0)
Total price | I’m going to call it free so I can stop beating myself up about the money wasted on all of my failed efforts for the week.

Material Notes

cotton t shirts




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Aug 31, 2012, 05.41 PMby pamchar

    Love the design and the striped triangle.

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    Aug 30, 2012, 04.56 PMby Sewing Your Style

    this is GORGEOUS! i love how you mixed up the colors. I run to your blog now! :)

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      Aug 31, 2012, 04.04 AMby nettie

      Thank you so much!

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    Aug 30, 2012, 03.04 PMby Mary Athey

    The dress is fab!! love everything about it and your.photos are lovely x

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      Aug 31, 2012, 04.05 AMby nettie

      Thank you! My daughter took the pics for me ;o)

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