Just for fun top

I like the Golden Girls. THERE, I said it! Who doesn’t? I mean, how can you NOT like the fab 4?

I’ve been dubbed “Rose” by most of my friends! 🙂

Anyhoo, when I saw this shirt at the Goodwill for .99 cents, it sooooo reminded me of Ms. Bea Arthur.

I’m pretty sure this did, in fact, come from the GG set…

I thought I would have some fun with this one… I was inspired by Project Runway and was feeling really ambitious 🙂 I thought, what the heck? and decided to draft a pattern! *gasp.

Let the deconstruction begin!

Okay, so I didn’t really “draft a pattern”… that is quite tedious! But, I did cut the shirt up into bits and played with the pieces on my dress form, Minnie. Yes, I named her Minnie because she is my mini me and I love her like my child… Technically, that would make her “Mini” but, whatever.

Trying to be Chevron-licious!

To explain it the best way I know how I, literally, “cut and pasted” all the separate pieces together until I came up with the tunic-y zig-zaggy shape I was going for. When I liked the look of it on my Minnie (that sounded more crude than I intended…), I stitched it down with a straight stitch. This proved to be JUST as tedious if I had drafted my own friggin’ pattern…. whatever, I was feeling inspired to change it up 🙂

Stitch, stitch, stitch…

After I FINALLY got all the pieces in place, I tried it on for a final fit. A few tweaks were in order. Then, I just needed to finish the bottom hem. I chose my go-to stitch: Rolled hem 🙂

Rolled hem to finish the raw edge.

“But, wait!” you say. That doesn’t look like that funky “curly” rolled hem foot you typically see me rolling my hems with. What gives?

Well, my friend, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. 😉

For this rolled hem, I used a zig zag stitch. I made the width nice and wide (5mm… you could even go up to 7 if you wanted). I also took the length of the stitch down to 0.5 (typical stitch length is 2.5mm). By making the LENGTH smaller, the zig zags are simply closer together. It’s also referred to as a “Satin” (aka “embroidery”) stitch, applique stitch (which I used on my niece’s backpack not too long ago), OR…. a rolled hem 🙂

See how the zig zag almost looks “corded” or “piped” or *cue Dr. Evil voice, “rolled” ….ah ha 🙂

I dare say I’m finished.

Asymmetric hem… Believe it or not I wanted it that way! 🙂

It may not be worthy of a Project Runway audition, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Quite “Angular” 😉

Practice makes perfect, as they say. Who knows… maybe I will draft patters and audition for Project Runway….


…Nah!!! 🙂

But, hey! For .99 cents I’m having fun with my new frock!

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