(Wo)Man with a Plan

I’ve been trying to go through some fabric that either is part of my stash or leftovers from another project. This top is made from leftovers from my Safari Simone. I knew I had enough left of the animal print to squeak out a shirt. While I’m working on other projects I always start thinking about the next. This one I’ve been thinking up for a while.

I figured I take the animal print and use that as the main bit. Then use the black cotton to make it ringer style. Ring for the collar and end of the sleeves. Lastly, add a stripe from the neck ring to the sleeve rings. The last thought is maybe to add a ring around the hem. Not too hard.  I had two different patterns picked out but I went with the vintage reprint of Simplicity 1692. This pattern was used before on my Granny Chic top. It’s got the different attributes I’m looking for. Tight collar, built in sleeves and relaxed fit. That’s how I make this pattern, which is nothing like what the pattern actually looks like! lol


I had to make my own collar piece because the piece is a rectangle and I wanted the ringer t-shirt look. It was honestly the worst part of the whole construction. I had to copy the curve of the neckline and add in the 1″ width and be aware of the seam allowance. I cut two pieces for the inner and outer collar.

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The arm stripe and sleeve rings were rectangles. The sleeve rings I made 2 1/2″ wide because I used a 1/4″ seam allowance and folded the piece in half. The arm stripe was 1 1/2″. Each piece was topstitched to help it all lay flat.

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Since the collar fabric is cotton with no stretch, I had to include the split in the back. The goal is to wear the clothes right?

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I used two hook and eyes on the collar to keep it shut. I also added a little decorative stitch in hot pink because I can. I figure if I do it on every garment it can be my “tag” instead of buying proper ones. So how roomy is my new shirt?

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I decided to play airplane to demonstrate.  Weeeee!!! As you can see I didn’t add a ring at the hem. It would have made it too stiff and I liked the floaty feel. The hem is actually high/low but it’s hard to see.

Normally I don’t share what other projects I have going on but I’m compelled to because it kind of gives you an idea what’s normally going on in my sewing room. In other words, chaos!


I have t-shirt bits everywhere because I’m going to start work on a t-shirt quilt. I have a bunch of shirts that I don’t wear anymore and there’s others that I can’t let go. I thought a t-shirt quilt would be interesting to try plus it will be a light bedspread for those super hot months.


I love corduroy. I don’t know when I fell in love but the fabric calls to me. I don’t want to wear it. I want to cut it into little squares and makes bags out of it. I’ve made two so far. This will be my third. I use a string bag everyday on my lunch at work. I toss in my lunch, wallet and a few other items. It let’s me be mobile and I need that because I spend half my lunch walking. The string bags I have are cheap so I’m making my own to withstand daily use.


I’ve been crocheting up a storm. Unfortunately for how much I’ve been crocheting, it doesn’t show. I’m a fast crocheter but crocheting lace is a new one for me. I’m going to use the lace to go around the bottom of a shirt and legs of shorts for a pj set. I’m going to dye the lace with coffee to match the fabric. I’ve tested on a strand and it works really well.

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So that’s what’s going on in my world. What’s happening in yours? Oh and this is a proper pic of me in my new shirt.

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7 comments

  1. Cute shirt!! It really suits you!
    I’ve been thinking of making a t-shirt quilt too – I’ve picked up loads of free tees over the years from events and things and wanted to make a “souvenir” quilt of sorts since I know I’d never wear them. Will wait to see how yours turns out for inspiration! X

    1. Thank you! I think it suits my personality. A little rigid and a little wild.
      I’ve started stitching a few of the squares together for the quilt. I’m still trying to figure out if I want to do jersey for the backing or if I should do quilting cotton. I’m leaning towards the quilting cotton because I think it will help hold the shape better. Plus, I could do a design on the back like a proper quilt. Then it could be reversible. I’ll keeping thinking on that though.

  2. What a creative way to use up scraps! This top is super cute and perfect for AZ. Breezy and fun!

    It seems like everyone’s trying to get through their stash lately. I’ve been on a must-sew-all-the-old-fabric binge as well as another sewing buddy of mine. Maybe we finally realized we need to make more space for new fabric, lol!

    1. Thank you! Easy breezy should be my new summer sewing mantra.
      I was recently bad and bought a whole bunch of new fabric from Fabric.com. I feel guilty about because I told myself to sew up all old fabric. But that’s just honestly setting myself up for failure. And who needs that?

      1. LOL if it makes you feel better, I bought more fabric from CaliFabrics (not part of my blogger credits). I had to get this Robert Kaufmann quilted chambray before it went away…. I swear…

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