Girly “To-Do’s”

I have at least 8 mending projects on the “To Do” list. Most of them are for clothes that I could be wearing; the rest are for other people who have probably completely given up hope.

If you knew the true number of T-shirts and other “blank” items of clothing that I have stashed, waiting to be changed or embellished–you might be shocked. Most of my stockpiled T-shirts cost less than $3 a piece, some less than $1 a piece, all brand new. One of my planned projects to use up T-shirts is a nursing top. I remember seeing an article for such a top years ago but I didn’t save the magazine and I couldn’t find anything like it in a Google search, so unfortunately I can’t credit the source. My take on the finished top is pictured here:

nursing T-shirt top


I used 2 “fitted” T-shirts, size L, and cut the bottom 9 inches or so off the front, then cut a new bottom front just below the armpits of a 2nd matching shirt. I cover-stitched a hem on the remaining flap on the front of the first shirt, which ended up 7 or 8 inches, as hemmed, lower than the armpits. Then I added some remnants of lace and a “stem” of braid down the top front and the bottom front piece. On the bottom front piece, at the top, I zig-zagged a strip of clear 1/4″ wide elastic along the turned-down edge. Now the elastic top part will be stitched underneath the flap, and can be pulled down and back up for nursing. I turned all the pieces inside out, pinned the sides of the flap and bottom front to the back sides, and serged.

shirt on left will have panel cut off front to fit under flap on shirt on right


cover-stitching the front flap hem


zig-zagging the clear elastic on the top under panel


elastic applied to front under-panel

Does it seem over-the-top girly-girl to you? Oh, then you can blame Jennifer Paganelli, “Sis Boom” and her new book Girls’ World, which has been all over the media lately and in my creative thoughts. I have entered some giveaways for Girls’ World, the book I have not yet seen on a shelf anywhere. I finally had to spring for it after getting an email telling me I had $10 in Borders Bucks that were about to expire. You might want to check out a giveaway for the book at Living with Punks but hurry, it closes Friday, July 1. My next goal is to search out some Sis Boom savory designer fabrics, which cannot be found at the local JoAnn’s because they are way too cool.

To finish the top, I ripped a satin flower pin/clip (that I got with a coupon at JoAnn’s Fabric) off its hardware backing and hand-sewed it to the front of the T-shirt. But another girly choice could be Frayed Rosettes. You can get a FREE download of Sis Boom’s tutorial for making the rosettes at the YouCanMakeThis.com site. If you know a nursing mom who is tall and thin (although I used Large T-shirts, they got trimmed at the sides a lot during the process), who would want this top, I’ll be happy to mail it to her.

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