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Archive for June 2, 2012

Eyelet Tank Tutorial

Here it is! The tutorial I didn’t plan on! LOL


So here we go!



If you are doing a young child’s size you will probably need less than a 1/2 yard of eyelet (or whatever) and less than a 1/2 yard of lining. C1 is a 5 in waist and chest but an 8 in length if that helps you any.

You will need a tank that fits your child to use as a template. Brown paper or wrapping paper (or whatever) to cut as a pattern.

And your basic sewing stuff. 😉

Step 1- place your child’s tank on the paper and trace around it leaving room for seam allowance.


Step 2- Cut out your pattern


Step 3- Pin your newly made pattern to your lining material on the fold.


Step 4- Cut 2


Step 5- Pin your pattern to your eyelet on the fold.


Remove cat from eyelet


Step 6- Cut 2


Step 7- Pin right sides together one eyelet and one lining


Step 8- Start at one end and sew continuously around to the other end, leaving the bottom open


Step 9- Do the other eyelet and lining.

Step 10- Turn right side out and press and trim seams (if needed)


Step 11- Pin front to back with right sides together


Step 12- Sew top of straps together

Step 13 – Sew sides together


Step 14- Pin and hem the bottom


Step 15- Turn right side out and press seams


Congratulations! You just made the eyelet tank! So simple and cool for summer! And it goes with ANYTHING!

I’ll be sure to take pics of c1 in her tank and May Flowers skirt tomorrow morning! 🙂

In other news… LOL I haven’t been able to sew a stitch on the Retro Butterick ’56. I’ve been WAY too busy today. BUT I did hit another fabric sale at Hancock’s!! I got some awesome deals!!!

Butch and Sundance are warming up to us! Here is Butch headbutting a carrot….


And here is c2 playing with them while j2 and d walk them!


Hope you all have a great evening! See after church tomorrow! 🙂


Progress!!! And About Time, Too!!

Here is where the Retro Butterick ’56 stands this morning!


I have the bodice and the skirt pinned together!! WOOOO HOOO!! I can see the end! It’s getting close! LOL

If I were to do a review of this pattern I would give 2 out of 5 stars so far….. I think I am going to LOVE the dress when it’s all said and done but the process is ARGH!!!! LOL The instructions and pictures for the bodice are not clear AT ALL! Even the part about attaching the bodice to the skirt could be a lot clearer! I would have to say that this pattern is definitely not for beginners unless you enjoy banging your head on the wall! LOL It makes me a little leery of the other Retro Buttericks I have! LOL

I should be finishing it up today. Fingers crossed!! Then I will be able to start that A-line!

When you get towards the end of a project do you start to get anxious for it to be over so you can move on to something else?? Maybe it’s just because this one is taking me so long…. SOOOOOOO long.

The Goat Brothers are doing well this morning. Still a little skittish but they are starting to relax enough to play around with it each other in our presence. 🙂 They are soooo stinkin’ cute!!!! LOL They are head butting each other and climbing over one another. I have given up on the bottle feeding. They just aren’t interested. 😦 I’m a little sad about that. It would have been so sweet to have fed them like that.

Tomorrow I will be wearing this to church-

I can’t wait!!!

OH!! That reminds me! I will be taking a short break from the Retro Butterick ’56 today. I need to make c1 a blouse to wear with her May Flowers Skirt! She wants to wear it to church in the morning. I’m thinking eyelet! 😉 So there may be a surprise tutorial headed your way! 😉 She starts to get a little sad if I’m not making her at least one thing a week! LOL It’s OK, though, it lets me know she appreciates the things I make her. 🙂

Time to get busy!!

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