Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pattern Mixing

Hello Readers. I had this purple and coral striped shirt. I liked it but it didn't fit well. It didn't have much stretch to it either. (Why are manufacturers making clothes without stretch? I want stretch everything. It's so much more comfortable.) I also had this plaid shirt. It had the same shades of purple and coral. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Can stripes and plaids work together? I am doing a little pattern mixing. Is it too much together? I am going to try it, we'll see what happens. 

I cut the purple top straight up the back. 

I also cut a thin triangle from the back of the plaid shirt. I used the yard stick to make a straight cut. It was about 1 inch at the top and 5 inches at the bottom. It will look a little smaller when it is sewn into the purple shirt because of the seam allowance.

I sewed for a few minutes and inserted it in the opening I made in the purple shirt. The plaid piece was a bit too long, I cut off the excess and made a new hemmed edge to make the back of the shirt even along the bottom.

I wanted to shorten the sleeves a little. My arms are pretty short. I folded the shirt sleeve on itself so the good sides were facing each other. I stitched a new seam and was able to remove about 5 inches of the sleeve. I sewed right on the binding so it was still connected to the end of the sleeve. 

Here is the finished top from the front. You can see the sleeves are shorter. It is a little more roomy and comfortable now. I wanted to add a little more plaid somewhere, but I couldn't think of anything else to add that wouldn't be over the top. I will keep thinking.

Here is the back view. Disco anyone?

I was headed to the pediatrician for the little guys check-up. It wasn't very exciting, but it's the true story. 

Do all babies hate car seats? Or is it just mine?

That's all for now, go make something fun for yourself.


  1. I like this top and the method for adding room! I have a few tops that are too small but I still like them. This would be a great way to put them back to good use.

    Have you come up with an idea yet for adding more plaid? If not, what about a small inverted triangle at the center front neckline - some tops already have a triangular insert there but usually made of the same fabric and often with the edges just finished with a dense zigzag stitch. Here's one:

    It's the only thought I have - I'm all out of thoughts this evening :) And it's quite plain. Maybe not what you were thinking at all!

    1. Hi jenny_o, that is a fabulous idea! I love it, it's perfect. You are a genius.

    2. Oh, yay! Glad you liked it!

      Only one small problem - I can no longer get my head through the door after those compliments ha ha