|I am really excited about today’s top. I am actually jealous that I made one for my daughter first, but she looks so cute (and hip) in it that I will get over it.|
|When I saw Mondo’s “day of the dead” top I fell in love. The screen print with all the embelishments… oh la la. Since I was working on a top to go with the pleather pants I made HERE, it was coming along but needed something extra, this was it. However “day of the dead” skull was maybe a bit much for my toddler, and although his cross (another top) was beautiful I don’t do crosses, so I went with an elephant. Very kid friendly but I knew I could add lots of pretty details to make it special.
|Ok to start I followed a shirt that fits my daughter as my guide, as seen HERE and HERE if you need more details. So I cut 2 bodice pieces I cut the neckline as more of a shallow oval so it has a boatneck shape. Then 2 sleeve pieces, and I wanted cuffs on my shirt so I cut 2 rectangles the width of the sleeve and the length I wanted them (they will be folded) then I cut two necklines to line my neck. details on how to cut that HERE.
Really basic shapes. (you could also do all the embellishments I do on a store bought tee if you wanted to skip making your own top.
|Ok first the sleeves. fold the sleeve and the cuff along the long side and sew along the straight edge.|
|Then fold your cuff so the seam is on the inside.|
|Then with your sleeve right side out place it into the cuff so the raw edge meets sew them together and you have two sleeves with cuffs.|
|Now for the embellishments. Fist I made a freezer paper stencil (this is a great how-to) I just copied an image of an elephant off the computer and cut out the outline, painted it yellow pulled away the stencil and this is what I got.|
|Then I took tulip brand puffy paint and slick paint (it comes in what looks like a giant sized puffy paint bottle) with those paints I painted designs and dots to fill in the elephant.|
|Then you are done. It was the perfect top to go with her pleather leggings. Or jeans for a more casual look.|
|I love the zipper down the back it is that added pop of interest.|
|No matter how “cool” you look she was comfortable enough to run around and play some soccer.
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