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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Cute, Classic
Shoestring on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Purple Fitted Sheet for blouse fabric, and Deconstructed Old Blouse for Pattern, and decorated with Handmade Polymer Clay Buttons.

Shoestring on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I made handmade polymer clay buttons for the blouse and 3 other blouses this week. See photo of the black/white/gray blouse. One more thing to do--I need to hem the blouses. , I made handmade polymer clay buttons for the blouse and 3 other blouses this week. See photo of the black/white/gray blouse. I re-drew another pattern front, and this time cut a bit of a "V" in the neckline. Neckline variations are fun. One more thing to do--I need to hem the blouses. Try deconstruction of a blouse you are fond of and added seam allowance. It worked fine for me. I drew the neck and front facing based on the front and back pieces. The neck and front facing are 2.5" wide. I used a ligth weight fusible interfacing for the front facing and neck facing. The light weight fusible interfacing makes blouse crisp, hangs well on the body, and supports the button holes and heavier polymer clay buttons. I serged around all the fabric pieces I cut out. But, I chose to use my general purpose sewing machnie to sew the blouse. For me, I like these quarter size handmade buttons. It slides easily and snugs into the button hole foot that determined the button hole size. I used 3.5" distance between each button hole. I mark button hole placement with Frixion pens. Those pens are neat--the ink disappears instantly when heat is applied from an iron.

Shoestring on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Try deconstruction of a blouse you are fond of and added seam allowance. I drew the neck and front facing based on the front and back pieces. The neck and front facing are 2.5" wide. I serged around all the fabric pieces I cut out. But, I chose to use my general purpose sewing machnie to sew the blouse. For me, I like these quarter size handmade buttons. It slides easily and snugs into the button hole foot that determined the button hole size. I used 3.5" distance between each button hole. I mark button hole placement with Frixion pens. Those pens are neat--the ink disappears instantly when heat is applied from an iron. , Tip: Serging around all the fabric pieces--it keeps fabric from fraying, but also prevents stretching in the arm holes. Tip: Hem arm holes prior to sewing side seams. Step 1: turn under 1/4" hem of arm hole and press with an iron. Step 2: Top stitch to finish.

Shoestring on craftsy.com

The blouses really pretty and the buttons add a special touch. I love using sheets to make things. I think I forgot my email, so here goes: thaack at my gmail account. Ttyl. Tanja

07/07/2013 Flag

Hello there my friendTanja. I sent you an email a couple of days ago at your gmail but no answer from you yet. Do you want me to try again?

07/07/2013 Flag

Super blouses! Fabrics are bright and fun, construction is wonderful, and hey look so cool and comfy for summer. Love the buttons, too. Shoestring, you have definitely mastered the art of stitching!

07/07/2013 Flag

Hi 2strings. Thanks for your encouragement. The blouses turned out well. HOWEVER, I started working again on the Monday-Friday Quilt last night--trying to assemble the quilt top. I should have called that project "Quilt in a Month" Ha. Ha.. I got distracted last week making a muslin of an online pattern that turned out to be too big in the back and shoulders and too tight in the bust. Strange fit for my menopause body that is now shaped like a beer glass--bigger on top--smaller on the bottom. At the last minute I improvised by deconstructing an old blouse and drafting a pattern. Anyhow--I have company coming next week and had nothing to wear but my old painting clothes. I hate clothes shopping anymore--because nothing fits.

07/07/2013 Flag

It's amazing what one can find at Goodwill. Quilting can be expensive and I love how you have been so resourceful and created artsy blouses with what you had on hand. The buttons really make it. Is this sheet a flannel sheet?

07/07/2013 Flag

Hi 4Bird. This purple blouse is cut from a polyester cotton blend fitted sheet. Soft, supple frabic, light weight and the label I removed from the sheet set was Yves St. Laurent. Wonder what the original price tag was??? The flat sheet made such a nice quilt for my nephew--and gave me an opportunity to practice on the long arm quilting machine. I'll have to check my Two Purple Sheets Quilt post to remember what I paid for the purple sheet set at Goodwill.

07/07/2013 Flag

Shoestring, I've made bottons with palmer clay and I haven't found the right way to get the holes the size to let me sew them on, I used tooth picks and they seem to close up to much and don't quite look right. How do you get them to stay the same size for so many? LOVE you work!!!

07/07/2013 Flag

Hi Bagabon. I use inexpensive wooden skewers to make holes in my polymer clay buttons and beads. See my project called Handmade Beads for Summer Bags. To find it--go to top of page, find the red Crafsty menu banner, select Projects. On the Projects page at the upper right there is a search blank. Type in the words Handmade Beads for Summer Bags and hit enter. My post shows a blue yellow wristlet handles and beads I made. There are several photos showing wooden skewers and how to make holes in the beads and buttons. To make uniform size beads or buttons--I roll the polymer clay into a long snake and divide the snake in half, then quarters, then continue to subdivide to get uniform pieces. About 1/2" piece or less makes the right size for a quarter size button or bead. Sometimes the bead doesn't have enough accent color--in the case of the button on my purple blouse I needed more orange striping. So I roll teeny-tiny tiny tiny snakes of orange and add little bits to the button as I'm forming them by hand into the size of a quarter. The buttons are about twice the thickness of a quarter. Good luck on your button making. Its really fun.

07/07/2013 Flag

Hi shoestring you are such a clever lady I absolutely adore your buttons, I haven't attempted polymer clay though I would love too, I bought a book but still haven't got round to it :))

07/12/2013 Flag

Hi my friend Christine. Mom is visting me right now, and we spent 3-4 hours creating polymer clay pendants and covered some plastic pen housings too. Made some cool stuff for Mom to take home and share with other family members. Great fun. The book Art of Polymer Clay - Millefiori by Donna Kato is an awesome book.

07/27/2013 Flag

Thanks Shoestring I got that book on your recommendation before and it is great, I just need to pluck up courage to have a go now. I am in Florida catching up with my daughter right now so when I get back to the UK I really must try to have a go .

08/02/2013 Flag