The birth of Greta…

From the Alabama Chanin tee-shirt pattern that I have used and loved so long I created a sleeveless, funnel-neck top. I named it the Greta after a stunningly gorgeous woman I saw in the restaurant I work at wearing a similar garment.

The sketch

The sketch.

The mock up. I use cheap bed sheets (used or new) to make prototypes of a new design. Many months ago I bought a king sized set in black Jersey from Walmart and it has gone a LONG way.

The cut out. Because ultimately I want this top in silver sequins, but that stretches slightly different than Jersey, so I did another mock up. I had left over blue and black (but not enough for an entire project) so I mixed it up.

Sewn on sequins must be secured in some way where the fabric gets cut. I use clear nail polish on all the edges. After the initial machine sewing I will hand top-stitch the seams down to further secure the sequins. I have a blue sequined tee-shirt made in this fashion that has stood the test of time, my washing machine and dryer.

The basted sizing.

The fitting. Now I will take it all apart, adjust the paper pattern, and make up the final product and finish the two prototypes as well! I have special plans for them in the future.