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Cavalli Cut-Out Shirt

Added Jul 26, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






let me begin by telling you how happy i was when i was able to get this fabric for such a bargain! it has a tiny faulty, so it became a lot cheaper than the original price, but i can guarantee you, it’s authentic Just Cavalli fabric.

t was a small piece, yet again, probably around 70 cm. it’s a crepe polyester fabric, so it has a bit of stretch in it.

while i could’ve gone for a safer & easier choice like a skirt, i of course decided that i want to make a shirt out of it. and not just any old shirt. i wanted it to have cut-out details and to combine it with this tulle fabric, just to jazz it up a little.

and of course what happened next was a disaster. i couldn’t figure out how to make the cut-out holes nicely without doing so much work over and over again, and after struggling to finish it for 2 days, i finally left the project untouched for about a month. i got so depressed and lost all my confidence in sewing altogether, thinking that if i can’t make this simple shirt, how would i ever be a good seamstress?? and another thing is that i’m the kind of person who just can’t seem to move on when i encounter an obstacle. i like doing things in order, so when i was stuck with this project, i couldn’t even start a new sewing project, because i felt like i just had to finish this one first. :p

but last week, i took a deep breath and finally took this project out from the closet again. i re-worked it as best as i could, stitched some of them by hand, and finally now it’s done. now the cut-out holes are just how i wanted them to be.

i didn’t use any pattern for this, of course. just cut the fabric, sew, and when it failed (it happened multiple times with this one) i improvised as best as i could.

i have no idea how the hand-stitches are going to withstand the washing, but whatever. i’ll think about those problems later. right now, i want to celebrate the weirdness!

Material Notes

about 70 cm of polyester crepe,
about 20 cm of soft tulle.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Other

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    Sep 1, 2014, 08.06 AMby loulourosa

    you make such nice things!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 08.22 PMby saxsilverain

      aw, thanks so much! your comment made my day! :)

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    Aug 1, 2014, 06.14 PMby carottesauvage

    what a great fabric and as mentioned below, great fabric combo!

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      Aug 3, 2014, 03.25 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you again for your kind words! :)

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    Jul 28, 2014, 12.54 PMby kisses

    Nicely done….love the print

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      Aug 3, 2014, 03.24 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, kisses! you know how i feel about prints. :D

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    Jul 27, 2014, 08.11 PMby Elina Belova

    I’m glad that you continued to finish the project. The shirt is outstanding. High fashion for sure.

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      Jul 27, 2014, 08.32 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much for your kind words! i’m glad too, now i can finally move on to my next projects, LOL. :D

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    Jul 26, 2014, 11.39 PMby liliv-1

    you did a wonderful job, I love this top!

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      Jul 27, 2014, 08.30 PMby saxsilverain

      aww, thanks! i don’t think i’ll ever do this design again though, LOL… once is enough, for now. :D

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    Jul 26, 2014, 08.38 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Congrats wiht your super Cavalli shirt! You have done a great job and I love the combination with the tulle! Cheers my friend! ;o)

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      Jul 27, 2014, 08.30 PMby saxsilverain

      oooh, if you only knew how close i was to tears and ripping them apart, LOL :D (sewing can really be emotional sometimes!) but your comment makes me smile real wide! thank you so much!

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      Jul 31, 2014, 03.20 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s nice to hear! Keep up the good work! ;o) ♪♫

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