Sep 27, 2012

DIY Chevron on Vogue 8771 Dolman Tee

I leave my laundry mountain in the photo to make you feel better. You're welcome.

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, which meant my four-year-old had the day off pre-K. When my big plans to hit up a museum were dashed because she wasn't feeling well enough to leave the apartment, I decided to enlist some old-fashioned child labour in creating the above Dolman-sleeved sweatshirt, sewn from Vogue 8771. (I'm wearing it as I type this, but have no pics of me in it, because my photographer got a real job and is now gone during all daylight hours. It's just as well because I have a few fit issues I will need to correct before I sew this again — which I will.)

Here's the line drawing, on top of which I photoshopped a chevron design for inspiration. (Are we still into chevrons, people? I'm digging it. I'm also still really into Vampire Weekend.)


You can see from the top photo that in the end I opted not to make the long sleeves. I put it on midway, and it just seemed like it would be too hot and constricting for me. NYC apartments are overheated, ya'll. I also cut off the bottom asymmetrical hem because it went a little low over my booty and was a little tight on my hips. 

I have this box of fabric paint a former neighbor passed on to me a few years back, and it just keeps coming in handy. All I needed for this project was a ruler, sponge, and some tape (I would have preferred masking tape, but you can see here all I had was packing tape. It worked fine). 

First I marked center front on the top and bottom using pins. Then I used a strip of tape to create a straight line down the center. Then, using my picture for a guide, I used the tape to mark off my stripes. The stripes are 2 inches wide, while the "white space" between them is 2 &1/4 inches.


After I had one side perfectly spaced, I used a pencil to mark a straight line up the center front of the tape, and cut away the piece I had used to mark it. There's possibly an easier way to do this. It's probably been done before. But it worked. So why are you arguing with me? Go to your room.


Then I taped off the other side of the chevrons, again using my ruler to make sure my spacing was as exact as I have the patience for. It should be noted this little stinker here was helping me the whole way:


Then we sponge-painted the stripes, first with a chartreuse color I mixed up, and then adding black to the mix with each stripe to achieve a cool reverse ombre effect. Or something like that. We did our best:


I know what you're thinking: there's paint on your floor. It's cool. It comes off. Also, I needed the tape to hold the shirt panel down, and I couldn't think of a better way:


After it dried, I sewed the shirt, which took me about 20 minutes. That's how quick it was. I won't show you how to do that, because if you have the pattern, you have the instructions.


Ok, fine. Here's a pic of me in it. A four-year-old took it. Can you tell:


It was a bit of an experiment, and not a bad way to pass the afternoon indoors with a slightly sick kid. (We also baked a chocolate cake, to celebrate Ryan's good fortune). As I said before, I have some fit issues to clear up because this top looks a lot better on my dressform than on myself. But that's for another day — and another post.

17 comments:

  1. What a fun project to do together! Your top turned out great, and I still love chevrons for the time being.

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    1. Thanks! I meant to note in the post that in order to do something similar, you only need to buy two bottles of fabric paint: your color and black (or white, if you want the opposite effect).

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  3. Oh, I like this! It's really cool!

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  4. Fabulous - love it!! I've got some fabric paint and foam brushes in my sewing room for the same reason!

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  5. ok you've convinced me. i need that pattern. tell me honestly - could it work for maternity too? it looks swingy and roomy. and i am by NO way saying that it looks maternity.

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    1. I wouldn't call it swingy, but there's definitely some roominess through the middle. If you choose your fabric carefully, I think it could work for maternity. You could definitely try making it with a super stretchy fabric (my sweatshirt fabric does not have the amount of stretch the pattern calls for. I'm going to make it again in a stretchy rayon jersey).

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  6. It looks so great, it looks really good on you! I'm about to make this top for my sister.

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    1. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  7. Fun! I love when sewing involves painting, too. And yes, I still love chevrons. I dig it, too.

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  8. I LOVE this, it turned out so well!

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  9. Love, love, love the Top and your post Darling!!!!! You are truly a wonderful person and I feel truly blessed to have met you in NYC....

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    1. Aw, you're the sweetest. I'm also so glad you're my virtual (and real life) friend now too!

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  10. I love this! The first time I've seen a sponge paint project I like in years!:) I'm going to steal this idea for something...not sure what, yet, but it's too good not to try!:)

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  11. just found your blog through kollabora! how awesome is this! i am still into vampire weekend and chevrons so I dig this! :P

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  12. Such a clever idea looks fantastic! It's nice to see when you make the pattern your own well done.

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