Fast and Easy Mama Tops

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  1. Serena

    Serena Member

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    OK, I am embarrassed to admit how small my wardrobe has gotten. Everything (all 4 shirts, :rolleyes: ) I own is like more than 5 years old, and I cannot find RTW clothes that appeal to my taste any more. (And what does that say about me, LOL!) Anyway, I ordered a bunch of new Kwik Sew patterns for me to make some new shirts, but I got impatient waiting and remembered that Allison sent me a tracing of a simple top that she had drafted that I had never found the time to try out.

    I LOVE IT!

    This is a super easy and fast top. I tried it out first on a few $1 knits from Walmart, and then started in on the latest additions to my stash. Sorry the photos are not great:
    A tan and white stripe rib knit:
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    Plain white textured knit:
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    Cheap rib knit from Walmart (apparently I cannot get size tags centered, LOL)
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    Same top in action at the zoo last month:
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    (And, no, that is not my daughter on exhibit in the pen. There are elephants hiding in there somewhere. The fences do not do much to keep kids out :rolleyes: but there is a moat to keep the animals in, LOL!)

    A bad pic of my fave, a crinkle floral I got here from someone:
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    I feel good enough about my binding foot now that I am comfortable using it on real clothes that I am going to wear. I wasn't sure how the crinkle would bind, but it seem fine and not too stretched out like I worried it might.
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    Now I don't even feel like trying my new KS patterns. This one is so easy I can whip up a new shirt in less than an hour, and it looks and fits great!
    Thanks for looking, and my apologies to mamas on dial-up. I was feeling photo happy today.
    :D
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    Debrond New Member

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    What pretty new tops. I love the last pink one, pretty fabric. Doesn't seem like your wardrobe is going to be small for long.
  3. froggygarden

    froggygarden journeying

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    Those shirts are so cute! I think the crinnkle one is my favorite too. I am enjoying working with the crinkle knits too. I think thay are really nice to work with and I used them for binding too. WTG tackling the binding foot too. :)
  4. cinna-mum

    cinna-mum Just 5 minutes of peace..

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    Very impressive!! Was the binding hard to put on?? They look so professionally finished!! :)
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    Very nice! I like them all! Is that a GAP tracing?
  6. warneral

    warneral Don't Sell Me Fabric!!

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    very cute!
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    Those are CUTE!!!
  8. jacNal'smom

    jacNal'smom used to be alliesmom

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    Very nice!

    I love that floral one the best. Your old wardrobe sounds like my current one.
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    sarah New Member

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    Those look great! Nice fit. Your binding looks perfect, too!
  10. Serena

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    Not too hard. I got my binding foot cheap (less than $10) off eBay a couple of years ago, but I know you can get them at Nancy's Notions too. It isn't hard to use, just takes a little practice. Some fabrics are harder than others. I learned on PUL, I used it to bind gussets for diaper covers. Now binding cotton knits seems like a breeze!

    I am not sure. Allison (arasmama) sent it to me a year or two ago and said it was something she had drafted herself. There's only so many ways to make a T-shirt, so I am sure it is similar to this Gap shirt everyone is talking about.

    :)
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    Very nice!

    They all look great!
  12. martinanne

    martinanne Loving my girls!

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    Great job! Those are nice tops!!! WTG on sewing for yourself!
  13. tydytykesmama

    tydytykesmama blissed out mama to 3

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    Looks awesome!! I love fast projects and I think I need a binding foot :)
  14. grtlyblesd

    grtlyblesd Amity's Focus Member

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    Gorgeous new shirts! I got that crinkle to make a top for myself, too, but I've been procrastinating since I wasn't sure how tough it would be to work with.

    Your striped shirt literally made my jaw drop, lol. I have a fabric like that and never considered using it for ME. Now I need to find out if there's enough for a mama shirt, and if not, whether I can bum some off of one of the local mamas. Kori was passing it out at Kristi's shower, so I know someone else around here must have some, lol. I'm going to copycat you. :D Although I was thinking I might try a subtle overdye to add a little color to it.

    Anyway, your new clothes look great, and it's nice to put a face to your name. :)
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    Yay! I'm glad it fits you so well. I just keep making new necklines to keep it interesting. That is the same top I used to make my cross over adult shirts too.

    It isn't a gap tracing, just a pattern I drafted years ago.
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    Those are all really nice! I especially love the first & last. :thumbsup:
  17. AnaYoga

    AnaYoga Just kidding

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    Those are great! I love the pink crinkle one, so pretty!
  18. Maiden Comfort

    Maiden Comfort boobie juice maker

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    Those look wonderful! I'm with Shecki - I have that strpied knit too, and never thought of using it for me!
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    They look great! Do you mind explaining how you do the v-neck?

    :)
    Vicki

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