I love this "mixing prints" fashion I am seeing everywhere at the moment. I saw a lovely outfit the other day in a magazine, a striped t-shirt with a floral skirt. I fear, however, that I am probably 10 - 15 years too old to really carry the whole look off, but I thought maybe just a little touch of print mixing might work for me.
I've had this striped T-shirt for years.
So off it came!
I went through my fabric stash to see what might work. These were test squares of my possible candidates:The little flocked strawberries are cute, but I just don't think the print is small enough.
I like this more abstract print but it's not quite what I was thinking of.
This is a piece of a waterfall jacket that is in my "waiting to be refashioned" pile. It's lovely but enormous, hopefully one day I will make it over and you will see it, but for now I've just sliced a bit off the front that I know I won't need for it's refashion.
Of the three I had I like this last one best so that's what I went with.
I cut a rectangle 10cm x 11cm, and ironed a 1cm turning on each side then turned one short side down again (this is going to be the top of the pocket)
For the bottom corners, I folded and pressed a bit of a mitre to make it nice and neat.
Next I thought a bit of trim round the sleeves might be nice too. So I cut 2 long strips of my flowery fabric on the bias, 5cm x 45cm to make some fat bias binding.
I didn't measure, I just started at the underarm seam, and pinned carefully making sure I wasn't pulling it tight. When I got back to the beginning I allowed about 2cm for turning and chopped the rest of my binding off. Then I folded the turning under.
The whole thing got a row of top stitching to hold it in place. My top stitching is not very neat and close to the edge but this way I knew for sure I was catching the layer on the inside too.
This is the overlapped bit under the arm, I did warn you it's not very neat, but it is tucked away under my arms where no one will see it! (and I appear to have painted my nails mid sewing session - actually I realised some useful close up pictures were missing a few days later!)
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