Friday, July 16, 2010

Caro Mia




When my plans for last night fell through at the last minute, I decided to invest the unexpected free evening making one of my 100 lovely things. Although I love the Astrid sweater and look forward to making it, with the heat index hovering at 105, even the word "sweater" made me sweat. So, I decided to floof up a favorite white T-shirt.



The fabric is cotton batiste. As it's laundered, the edges of the trim will fray a bit more--at least I hope so. The ruffles actually are a series of individual heart shapes, sewn down randomly but strategically. I decided on heart shapes because the curves and points would create interesting shapes when the fabric curled up after being washed. I sewed them down one at a time, twisting and turning the pieces to fill space and create the effect I wanted. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out--especially because I had no idea whether it would work.

It did.

If anyone is interested, I can make a tutorial for the process. It took about an hour and a half, but probably wouldn't take as long without the experimentation required for a new idea.

6 comments:

Carrie Link said...

You amaze me. This is beyond my capabilities in countless ways!

Deb Shucka said...

Your creativity never ceases to take my breathe away. The only thing that would have made this better would have been to see you in the shirt.

kario said...

Love it! They look like roses cascading down the neckline. Eve (my 10-year-old) wants me to do one for her.

What a great way to spend a night after your plans fall through. Better than moping!

fullsoulahead.com said...

I'm not down with a tutorial,just the thought is too overwhelming, but I'd pay you to make me a shirt!

luckyzmom said...

Too cute!

Amber said...

That is so adorable! I love!

:)