On Saturday I decided that it was time to repaint our living room/kitchen (the 30% off coupon for Sherwin-Williams in the paper that week might have had something to do with that) so I bought paint and supplies and informed my (long-suffering) husband that on Monday, we'd be painting. In an unusual twist for me, I didn't agonize over paint choices--I took the advice of the nester and many others is blogland, and went with Rice Grain. It was a snap decision and I hadn't even seen the paint chip until I walked in the store, but it seems to look okay and at any rate, it's too late to change our minds now, right?
A few weekends ago when there was enough clear space on my table for my sewing machine, I made a few fun things to add to my fall/winter wardrobe. Old Navy had these tanks on sale for $7 so I picked up three to see if I could do something with them.
For the first, I tried making ruffles with ribbon, a technique I've wanted to try for a while. I used wide red-and-cream striped ribbon from Stampin' Up! and sewed a long stitch down the middle with my sewing machine. Then I pulled the strings to create the ruffles, and pinned the ruffles around the neckline of the tank.
The next tank was much easier. For inspiration, I used this refashioned skirt that I bought earlier this summer:
When it came to the leaves, I tried the one on the bottom first (since if I messed up a little, it would be less visible) and completely screwed it up. Sigh. So I cut another leaf using my handy template, and this time I used a bit of fabric glue just in the center of the leaves to tack them down to the shirt so they wouldn't move when was trying to sew around them.
That worked much better! I thought about using an iron-on fusible product underneath but if you do that, you don't get the cute fringing on the outside of the leaves after they've been washed.
I'm happier with this shirt and it was so darn easy! I think both tanks will be fun to wear over long-sleeved tees this fall and winter. I still have one navy tank left to refashion but I'm waiting for inspiration to strike.