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Did Somebody Say Football?

Hey Loves!

DID SOMEBODY DAY FOOTBALL?!  Yes! Yes, they did!  I was waiting for football season all year.

First,  I love football.   Second,  this shirt right here.

Photo: Melidress on Facebook

I knew I was going to a football game Saturday.   I didn't know which game, but I knew I was gonna make something similar to that shirt, but when was I gonna make it? Ummmm, the day of the game of course.  One hour before the game start time,  I started.   It took me about 1.5 hours to make.

Here's what I chose to do differently.   I chose a shorter length,  a tie at the neckline instead of a button, and a sash belt instead of elastic in the waist.  Instead of white, I used this cute floral print that fit into my fall wardrobe vision.

To make it:
  • Find a simple shirt with a nice fit
  • Fold the shirt in half
  • Fold fabric in half
  • Trace the front of a simple shirt on the fold (Make sure you add 5/8" for inseam.)
  • Trace the neckline, shoulders, sleeves, center, and sides of the back (Make sure you add 5/8" for inseam.)
  • Add 10 inches to the bottom of the center.
  • Use a straight edge to connect the back side to the center. 
  • Sew the shoulders and sides 
  • Create your ties (2 10-12" & 1 2 times your waist)
  • Finish your edges as you desire.   I used single bias tape for the neck and sleeves.   I finished the hem by double folding.

Here is mine.   What do you think?

Until next time, SMOOCHES!


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