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gretel shirt

Added Mar 9, 2008

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






Another variation on the Lydia pattern! I whipped this tee up in an afternoon from a piece of soft, drapey black jersey. It was less than a yard, so it was really tough to get all the pieces to fit… but I did! :)

I kept the front and back pieces the same as the pattern, just scooping the neckline a little more. The sleeves I shortened quite a bit, slashed and spread and added a wide band at the bottom to hold all the gathers in place.

The sleeve caps I shirred, which I think turned out very nice! :)

Sidenote: the skirt is refashioned from a longer, vintage pencil skirt I thrifted last autumn for $1!! I shortened it, and made the pockets from the leftover hem pieces, added the buttons and voila! New/old skirt! :)

Material Notes

black jersey




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    Mar 3, 2010, 02.36 PMby Peter Lappin

    OMG, I don’t recognize you out of your Forties look! LOL

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    Jan 20, 2010, 02.36 AMby nehozack

    You are so cute, and so are your clothes. Please keep posting, I love seeing your creations!

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    Mar 10, 2008, 07.29 AMby sunnilj9

    You have such great ideas and great style. This looks fabulous! The skirt and the shirt! I’m excited to try!

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    Mar 10, 2008, 06.09 AMby lybu

    Looks great

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    Mar 10, 2008, 05.24 AMby franfaircloth

    I live in Charlottesville, and I have had trouble finding nice jersey. Is there a good place to shop for fabric in NoVa?

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    Mar 10, 2008, 01.04 AMby fashion1

    yes, fantastic outfit! you look adorable in it!

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    Mar 10, 2008, 12.20 AMby emilykate

    Ah, it’s CUTE! Goes great with your shoes, its a fantastic outfit.

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    Mar 9, 2008, 02.34 PMby whitetigerlily711

    i love the skirt, im not usually a fan of the highwaisted skirts/pants but here it looks good :)

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    Mar 9, 2008, 01.42 PMby littlebutton

    The top is gorgeous, really nice, but I love love love the skirt! It really shows off your teeny tiny waist.

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    Mar 9, 2008, 11.07 AMby elegantmusings

    I basically cut the shortened sleeve pattern down the center (cap to hem) and spread it about 5" apart. I then retraced the entire thing on a new piece of paper, and slightly reshaped the hem. I will work on a tutorial for this—its really easy (but pictures probably will help! lol)!

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    Mar 9, 2008, 10.57 AMby peaudane

    That shirt is fabulous! What do you mean when you say you" slashed and spread" the sleeves? It would be fantastic if you could post a how-to for this!

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