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Cats! Cats everywhere!

Added Oct 12, 2013

by caireen

Heidelberg, Germany






I’m a dress maker. I like making dresses. But sometimes I think, why not make something else? Something comfortable, something I can wear every day? Something mundane like …. a shirt (gasp)?! Of course, it’s difficult choosing a shirt or blouse pattern when your fabric of choice is cotton (not so stretchy!) and you refuse to do button holes (too lazy). I decided to try this lace shirt, only without the lace. The current trend of making entire garments out of your Grandma’s doilies is not for me.

I wasn’t exactly sure how the pattern would work in normal cotton, so I decided to make a wearable muslin. What a novel thing for me! I’m usually too impatient for muslins, and I’ve lived to regret it. Good thing I found this adorable little flower print for 3€/m in my local fabric store, then! And it was a very good thing indeed. I had cut the pattern in size 36, but when I tried on the muslin I felt like I was wearing a tent! I had put in a zipper to be on the safe side, but that was obviously unnecessary. I felt a bit silly until I discovered that the shirt was insanely comfortable; I just cut off about 20cm (!!) from the sleeves and I’ve been happy with it ever since.

I changed to size 34 when I started the real garment, but discovered I didn’t have enough fabric for the ginormous sleeves (minus the 20cm, even!). So I bought this black secondary fabric. It’s a bit more elastic so I thought it’d be a good fit for the sleeves. It was pretty easy sewing it up after the muslin since I knew all the tricky parts of the pattern. Who would have thought?!

While the blue shirt is more comfortable, I adore the print on this one. Cats! I love cats! CATS ARE AWESOME. I wore it on my recent work trip to Romania and it got lots of compliments from people.

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    Oct 14, 2013, 12.38 PMby Cintia Webb

    Love the kitties!! Shirt and tshirts are my favorite thing to make

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      Oct 23, 2013, 08.37 PMby caireen

      Thank you! The kitty print was such a lucky find. :)

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    Oct 14, 2013, 08.25 AMby Lexicon

    Both tops turned out great – I particularly like the cat print and can see why you got those compliments!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 10.14 AMby caireen

      Thank you! Those little kitties are just so much fun, I’m so glad I found this fabric.

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    Oct 13, 2013, 01.16 PMby liliv-1

    They are both so sweet and adorable! The first is my fav!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 10.15 AMby caireen

      Oh, thank you! :)

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    Oct 13, 2013, 11.36 AMby Mary Athey

    Both tops are awesome!! I adore cats so the second one is my favourite. The fabric in both are lovely and you look great in them x

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      Oct 14, 2013, 10.16 AMby caireen

      Thank you! The cats are just great, aren’t they? I’m so glad I found that fabric.

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