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Friday, May 18, 2012

dolman + me = love



top: me, shorts: J.Crew, necklace: Nashelle, bracelets: Juicy, J.Crew, lipstick: Mac So Chaud (best orangey-red ever), nails: Sally Hansen Heat Flash

I have been craving some dolman sleeved tops that are loose and flowy.  So I headed down to my local Forever 21 to stock up on a few.  I would see some great potentials on the rack calling my name, but every time I picked one up it was like, "psych!  I'm cropped and about 10" too short!"  Fabulous.  I got so sick of searching for the perfect fitting top, that I decided to just make my own.

I just created a pattern using a top that had the boat neck that I was looking for, as well as the looseness and length.

I had to use the good ol "trial and error" a few times before I got the sleeves right.  My first attempt at the sleeves would have fit Bradley's arms perfectly.  But the best part about this sucker is that the sleeves are just an extension of the shirt....no cutting armholes or sewing in sleeves!  I figured since I would eventually have to wash this top I would make a few more.  Pics to come....


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So......I joined the Twitter world.  Follow me here ( @LeanneBarlow_).  Don't judge me because I pretty much only follow Kim Kardashian and Ryan Seacrest.  Or the fact that I still have a hard time deciphering tweets.  And while I'm at it, does anyone know how to post a condensed version of a url when tweeting from a computer?

32 comments:

  1. I know you can condense a url using www.tinyurl.com

    I used it to condense the url for this post to this: http://tinyurl.com/cw4w5dk

    I love dolman sleeves and have a bunch of jersey knit on hand too :) Thanks for the great post!

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  2. That shirt looks great! I might have to try making one.

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  3. bit.ly is another great URL shortening tool! Love the shirt, KK, and Seacrest! Also check out @oscarprgirl @theellenshow & me (@lindseynjohns or @fluttermedia) for some more fun tweets! ;)

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  4. I know I've already told you, but I love those tips. Can't wait to make a few of my own!

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    1. And by tips, I mean tops. Stupid phone.

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  5. What fabric did you use for the shirt you're wearing? Looks great!

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    1. I used the knit that I make my cardigans out of. Thanks so much!

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  6. I LOVE THIS. i wish i could sew! and your make-up is so pretty!


    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  7. Beautiful! I love it! Boat neck is like my favorite neck line. I'm pregnant and hating all my shirts. Maternity are too long and stupid, regular are too short and stupid. Maybe I need me one of these! Brilliant!

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  8. This is gorgeous... and so are you! Mom of two, ridiculously gorgeous!

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  9. I seriously think you need to make these for your Etsy site. I bought a striped cardigan from you and I LOVE IT. I wear it all the time. It's holding up fabulously!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you like the cardigan! That makes me so happy to hear!

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  10. Beautiful shirts! Also, I think Twitter will automatically shorten a url when typed with at least the www. in front when using the website to tweet.

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  11. Holy cow this is so cute, Leanne! You are so talented. Also, you are seriously putting me to shame with how fast your pre baby body has come back...you look amazing!

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  12. Can you PLEASE put these tops on your etsy shop?? Please!!!

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  13. Hi, do you use paper when making your patterns? Just wondering what works best. Thanks.

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    1. I use muslin. It's more durable than paper.

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  14. I love it. Where do you buy your cotton for you tops? I can never find it in stores and I'm scared to buy something I can't feel online. Thanks!

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    1. Heather - I buy all my knits in LA at the fabric district. But fabric.com has some great ones along with one of my sponsors, The Fabric Fairy has some great knits too. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks! I live in NY so perhaps I'll try the NY fabric district when I head to the city. I'll keep looking! I love this shirt. I want to make one.

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  15. yes, will these be appearing in your etsy shop anytime soon??

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  16. You look great, I love the bright lips. I sew a bit but have not had much luck with knits as I can never get the hems to sit right without curling out. Any tips? Cheers, Nina

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    1. Thanks Nina! Hemming knits can be a little tricky. I always serge my hems first, because that makes it a little easier to work with when folding under. And I use a double needle. That really helps with making your hem look professional and it hangs nicely. Plus the double needle allows for stretch too. Hope this helps!

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  17. Please make this for your shop! So cute:)

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  18. I love this. I made the maxi skirt using your tutorial and it turned out great! I've since made two more. :) I haven't been able to find a jersey that I'm thrilled with, though. I've only purchased a couple types from fabric.com. The quality is great, but it just wasn't the weight I had hoped for. The second jersey I purchased it okay, but isn't available in a stripe...at least, not that I could find. Where can I find the jersey you're using?

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  19. I agree! Make this for the shop!!

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  20. Hey there Leanne!! I was wondering if you had any tips for sewing the neckline? This is one of MANY things I don't feel comfortable doing yet, but your pieces always look so perfectly finished!

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  21. Hi Leanne! I have a silly question for you but how did you do the binding at the neckline? Do you just fold over twice and serge/ sew?

    Thanks!

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  22. Nice and comfortable for working out. The quality of the shirt is quite good at this price point.
    I definitely recommend http://www.apparelnbags.com/mens-shorts.htm

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