Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Tale of Three Tops: An Introduction

Clothes shopping has become frustrating for me. Either things don’t fit right, or I know that I can make it myself for much less than the store wants. So with Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket, I headed out to Jo-Ann’s to buy some nice, soft, light weight knit fabric that I’d been eyeing for awhile.
My inspiration came from Banana Republic. Their tops are beautiful, but at $69.50, 79.50 and 45.00, they were WAY out of my price range (I scoff at $25.00). Granted, their tops are made of silk and Merino wool, but nothing a soft knit couldn’t compete with. And my tops only cost $10 each.
Banana Republic's Tops:
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My Tops:
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Oh, and it doesn’t stop there. Remember how I turned an old sweater into a cardigan? Well, I’ve decided I really like the cardigan look these days. I think it’ll be showing up in my wardrobe a lot. Seems like the perfect balance of comfort and style for a working mommy of an 11-month-old. Well, I now have a cardigan to go with each of these tops!
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Wanna know something else that’s fun? I used the same pattern for the base of all three shirts. And it was easy. And I’m going to show you how I did each one! Are you excited yet? Oh good. Me too. Watch out this week for the tutorials!
Update: Go HERE to see the tutorial for making the first top, HERE to see the tutorial for the second top and HERE for the tutorial on the third top.

17 comments:

  1. Super cute Jill, what a great job! I can't wait to see your tutorials so I can attempt to make my own shirts :)

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  2. Gorgeous - I like your tops better!

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  3. I am so impressed Jill! Great job! I need to make myself some cardigans soon. I love them as well. :)

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  4. So cute!!! You did a lovely job. I am terrified to try refashion! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. I host every week. I am leaving the party open longer this week so that people can link up multiple projects if they wish to. Hope to see you there! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi! I found you thru the link party on Making the World Cuter. These are adorable, and I like yours more than the original! I like how you rock the cardis with a ribbon belt, I'm going to have to steal that idea. I'm new to blogging, I'd love if you'd stop by!

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  6. Super cute!!

    Would love for you to come link up!
    http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2011/01/glam-party-9.html

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  7. Such Great inspiration.. Love what you did. Following!:)

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  8. Wow! What an awesome job you did on these tops! Way to go getting the BR look on the cheap :)

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  9. So cute. LOVE the cardigans with them.:)

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  10. I'm Speechless ... WOW! You are amazing!Okay can i buy one! and can you come to my house and teach me! lol!

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  11. They look amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  12. visiting through tidymom's I'm Lovin It link-up...

    love the tops and love the blog :)

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  13. This is really cute!

    Come and link this up over at

    www.tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com

    and i am having a $15 dollar giveaway that you will love!

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  14. These are amazing! One of my goals is to dress a little nicer this year without spending much money. These are perfect--thanks for sharing!

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  15. LOVE them! I want to know where you got your cute cardigans--the striped and the black with the tie...SO cute.

    What a talent you are!

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  16. You are a genius! It's true. Thanks for sharing!

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