Before we begin, here’s a little disclaimer.
I like ruffles.
I like nautical themed things.
I like red, white, and blue.
I like lace.
…..and I used all of those things in making this shirt. Yikes!
Some of you will love it, some of you will hate it. I know the fourth has passed, but I consider everyday I have a glass of sweet iced tea a celebration of American freedom (right?). It was for Independence Day, but I’ve already worn it on a non-holiday as well and I liked it just fine that day too.
Here’s a picture of the aforementioned shirt. (please note the giant gold anchor earrings, which actually ARE from the 80’s, and belong to my mother) Sometimes too far is just far enough.
|I've seen so many episodes of America's Next Top Model, and all I can come up with is "Hand On Chair".|
I didn’t take pictures while making it, so it is going to be sort of hard to do a “how-to-make-this” type post. It's a fun way to "spice up" a regular old tank top, though. Basically, I hemmed narrow rows of red and gathered them to make ruffles, pinned them to the tank top, and sewed them on with my machine. Then, I covered up all the unsightly ends with eyelet lace and sewed that on. (also, I hand-stitched eyelet lace around the neck and back.) Finally, I sewed on some big, gold, nautical type buttons with anchors on them. I know giant gold anchor buttons are a bit 80’s, but it was fun, and festive, and I just wanted them. I didn't measure anything, just "eyeballed" it, so it's sort of great that it came out looking so symmetrical.
Here's a close up of the shirt, so maybe if you ever need/want to make something similar, you might have a general idea of what to do:
|(so you can see how far I spaced out the ruffles)|
Special Thanks to…
Mom, for lending me her gold anchor earrings. And for teaching me to sew long ago.