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Sunday, June 17, 2007

New Vintage Wardrobe: Crocheted Bodice Top

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Some crafting/sewing does still happen over here. This week I worked on this New Vintage Wardrobe shirt project for my sister, as well as a pattern for a stripey patchwork cat, which I will have available for download soon. Man, patterns take a bit of time — a heartfelt thank you to all who have posted free patterns.

About the crocheted bodice shirt:

I fell in love with this shirt that LindaMade. Like her, I used a pattern for the fabric part — mine was vintage Simplicity 8025 from 1968. I only had about a half yard of fabric, so the length was determined by this. I basted together the three pieces (two back, one front) of fabric, expecting to put a zipper in the back. Then, made sure it fit my sis. Since it seems to go over her head without too much wiggling I decided to leave out the zipper and just make it a pullover.

After getting a few tips from a talented park-friend Claire (alas, blogless), I bias tape finished the top edge of the fabric. Claire's tips included: whip stitching around the top of the fabric; picking up crochet stitches along the whip; then, working a single crochet into the back of the first round of stitches. This allows you to work from the bottom up. Then, in order to hide the seam between the fabric and the yarn, work a single crochet into the front of the original foundation chain, this time working down. This makes a little yarn flap that covers the seam. I did a shell stitch, which kept rolling up, so I ended up tacking it down with some hand sewing. My whip stitches were on the inside of the fabric, which made the bias taped edge roll outward, contributing to the rolling up of the shell trim. Both problems were fixed by stitching down the row of shells.

Originally, I tried using Classic Elite Bazic Wool because I have a bag of it, generously given to me by my LYS owner (thanks, Khristine!) after I finished that mixed block crochet baby blanket. I knew the wool wasn't going to work, but tried anyway — it ended up being too bulky and winter-ish — a perfect excuse to shop for more yarn. I ended up using a Rowan cotton. I'm not sure which one, but it might be this. The thinner cotton yarn was just right.

For the bodice design I tried to work in some of the motifs from the Day of the Dead fabric (flora de los muertos by Alexander Henry) that I got from Alison at Starlit Nest. I didn't feel up to trying to make a skull, but spiderwebs and flowers are pretty simple to crochet. I only used a few stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet, and shell stitch.

I had several fittings with my sister to make sure that the bodice covered all the appropriate parts and to make sure the straps were long enough. Overall, I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, wow, that is super cute! I love hearing how you worked out each detail--such good work!

Mon Jun 18, 10:59:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous tricia said...

absolutely STUNNING. seriously: i'm speechless. *standing ovation*

Mon Jun 18, 11:07:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Nancy said...

that is so beautiful. i've been obsessed with Linda's version and now yours is in that "want to make it must have it" part of my brain. i wish i had better crochet skills!

Mon Jun 18, 12:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Thanks, gals!

Tricia: I'm glad you liked it. You see so much clothing that making you speechless feels like quite the accomplishment.

Nancy: Go for it. I'll help if I can. One bit of crochet advice is to just make sure you keep your stitches consistent. It doesn't matter if it's a "real" stitch, it just needs to be the same, or a pattern. Does that make sense?

Mon Jun 18, 01:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Hilde C. said...

I think it looks great! :-)

Mon Jun 18, 01:39:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, seeing the Simplicity pattern reminds me of my first attempts at sewing when I made a green minidress...all such a long time ago. But I've never really stopped sewing since. What you're doing is really interesting and creative. Do visit us at

Mon Jun 18, 01:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Blaize said...

It turned out really excellent.

Mon Jun 18, 03:56:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Vanessa V said...

It is wondeful!!!! WOW!

Mon Jun 18, 04:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Becky said...

I'll have to say that after wearing the top all day, it's comfy as well as cute. Thanks sis!

Mon Jun 18, 05:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Violette Crumble said...

I looove it.
Also love your oven.

Please mail both to me right now. In return I will have my friend Muhammod from Nigera place $10,000,000 in your bank account if you include the routing number in your package with the shirt and the oven.

Mon Jun 18, 06:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Violette Crumble: It's my sister's stove, but mine is pretty nice, too.

Mon Jun 18, 07:55:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous linda p said...

it turned out so well!! i am glad you made it! i made mine basically the same way, except that i machine stitched the crocheted piece to the fabric and skipped the whip stitching. also, the bottom of my sleeves were fabric (i sweat!) so i just covered it in bias tape as well.

now i want to make more. i'm still waiting for that shirt to come back from TNNA. i miss it!

Mon Jun 18, 10:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger nikkishell said...

I LOVE it! After seeing lindap's i've wanted to make one and now your's is making me thing i HAVE to make one. My only problem is that i's winter here, maybe i can come up with a winter version otherwise i have plenty of time to make on for summer! ;-)

Tue Jun 19, 01:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mebsmommy said...

I didn't understand 90% of what you said in the post (I don't crochet and my pattern following skilled are messy)but I do know I LOVE this shirt more than I can truly express. So pretty. So elegant. So vintage. So now. So much talent, girl.

Tue Jun 19, 05:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Chicken Betty said...

Fantastic job! I love it when crafts collide. Can't wait to see more of the NVW.

Tue Jun 19, 07:50:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I love this so! It is classic and pretty, but that fabric gives it just the right edge for your hip sister.

Tue Jun 19, 08:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sonya said...

I love this. Love it so much, the fabric, the colors, the crochet, the olds stove. I know, the stove has nothing to do with it. You are so talented Michelle!

Tue Jun 19, 09:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

You did a great job echoing the design of the fabric in the crochet. I love it!

Tue Jun 19, 10:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Dana said...

OMG! I want one! I saved a dress that was made for one of my daughters when she was wee. Your top is just beautiful!

Wed Jun 20, 04:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous oldround said...

That is too frickin awesome!!!!

Wed Jun 20, 09:14:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bunny said...

Super! Great fabric! and it looks comfy.

Wed Jun 20, 09:47:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Rose said...

Really beautiful! I love the fabric, and the repeat of the motifs in the crochet. Great job!

Wed Jun 20, 06:09:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous myra said...

Simply gorgeous! If only I knew how to do more than just crochet in the round.

Fri Jun 22, 05:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Wendy said...

Beautiful! Really just gorgeous. I love the Day of the Dead fabric. Gots to get me some.

Sat Jun 23, 05:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger chardgirl said...

County Fair Submission!

I have the guidelines if you need them. This may be above the county fair though.... But Hayes would love to see his mama win an award!


Sun Jun 24, 08:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger It's about... said...

This is so beautiful! I've wanted to make my own clothes for so long, I might try it now.

Sun Jun 24, 06:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Aurora said...

Wait, you MADE that and then you gave it to your sister!?

Sat Jun 30, 08:34:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous helle said...

Crochet bodice is perfect and pretty. Goes beautifully with the red and white fabric. Fabulous.

Sun Jul 01, 01:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the fabric/crochet combination - such a lucky sis!

Sun Jul 01, 08:58:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Jude said...

Beautiful i love the crochet detail its just gorgeous.

Tue Jul 03, 06:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger razmarie said...

This is fantastic! Love the idea of using a vintage pattern and making it your own. I'm just starting on my sewing, but I'll keep this in mind for the future. And thanks for posting all the details about how you pulled it off!

Mon Jul 16, 07:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger mette said...

I really like this A LOT ...the combination of crochet and fabric is one of my favorites

Thu Aug 02, 03:02:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Rach said...

I love this top and am dieing to make it! I have one small or slightly large problem I cant find the simplicity pattern for the crochet part of the top, ive ecen gone as far as asking my mother in law "dun dun derrrrrrn" (scary woman who hordes everything and has a passion for knitting sewing crocheting etc. etc.) but even she doesnt have it, but must have every other flippin pattern in the world. Can anyone help please?

Thu May 07, 10:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Rach: There is no pattern for the crochet top. I made it up! I just used a pattern to fit the fabric part of the shirt.

Thu May 07, 02:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Rach said...

Ohhhhh, that makes sense to me now lol. thanx for answering me, much appreciated.

Thu May 07, 11:57:00 PM PDT  

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