I love Birthdays and anniversaries, especially in the month of September because it is an awesome month to start things like *cough cough* give me a day of life haha. Ok, maybe that is a bit ridiculous, but we have to love ourselves, right? So with that narcissistic notion, I was thrilled to hear that Straight Stitch Designs was celebrating her shop’s anniversary with a “Remix the Stitch” tour. Nothing like a good ol’ REMIXXXXXX to get the juices flowing, jam a jammin, and party like it’s 1999. You hush your mouth, I still party hard- in my jammies with kids and a dog.
I love pattern hacking! It is one of my favorites things to do, and sometimes I get a bit carried away with making it unrecognizable. I chose to remix the Ravenna Top. I love this top because it is a mullet of a shirt: Business in the front, party in the back! It features a very modest, but well fitted front with a low scoop, ruffle back that has a zipper. I love details that expose the shoulders or back because I think it is a great way for a women to be a bit more risque (did you see that ankle) without being sleazy. But hey, if you want to sleaze it up, go for it. I like to do that sometimes. I’m grown now!
So I kept the front true to form. I love the darts and how it fit my smallish bust pretty well. I graded into a larger size in the hips because mama got back and I need the room so I don’t look like a stuffed sausage. I also slimmed my sleeves down because they were wider than I anticipated past the fat chicken wing area. It ended up being perfectly fitted while still allowing me wiggle room.
Time for a remix. I knew I wanted to change up the back some more. I love fun back pieces and felt like the bones of this pattern were perfect for it. I cut a deep square back that would be low enough but still cover the bra strap. Then I
created (made) designed a birdcage back with some black knit strips and I went around with knit bias. Oh and I finally got to use some of my Wicked Eve fabric on me like I originally planned. Yeah for mom doing something for herself. Can I get a woot woot? And eff yeah? You can pick yours, but I generally go with the latter- in the proper terminology.
I was going to photograph the tutorial, but we have had crazy weather so you will have to wait a bit longer for that. The end result was perfectly sexy. I love how it looks! And I want to make tons more tops like this. I am also now singing “She’s a bad mama jama!” Don’t judge my guilty pleasures. I can still get down from time to time. Now you have to go see all the other amazing stuff being hacked. So. much. inspiration.
Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio
Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston