fleet week

Hey, sailors! I finally managed to get to the sewing machine this weekend. I had been hoarding this double gauze for years and decided it was high time I used it for something. I had also been meaning to make the sailor collar top from Machiko Kayaki’s “simple but good looking” book (Kinokuniya has it available here). I frankensteined the pattern a bit, since the original pattern is for a top with a French sleeve (I think that’s what it’s called), and I wanted long sleeves. I struggled a bit with the neckline (the V part was a bit tricky for me), and it requires some contortionist moves to get off (I already got lipstick on it while taking it off), but overall I think I like it.

Oh, here’s a shot of the collar:
By the way, it is merely a coincidence, but my nail polish (Deborah Lippmann “mermaid’s dream”) matches the blue in the double gauze perfectly. I cannot tell you how much I love this nail polish. Well, I guess I just did.

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9 Responses to fleet week

  1. suzy says:

    I have that same book, and bought it mostly because of this top pattern. But of course I haven’t made it yet. Yours looks great, I like the long sleeves.

  2. carolyn says:

    super love the shirt. also love the dress on the cover. dang, girl. you just make me need more stuff!!!!!!

  3. Ooh, I’ve seen that polish before. So pretty!

  4. yumeko says:

    i havent seen this book before! guess a trip to the bookstore is in order 😀

  5. amy k. says:

    this turned out so very cute.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Ha – I love the new shirt (and the matching nail polish). The title of your post is the BEST. : )

  7. Lulu says:

    Dear Ariel,
    Have you given up your tail for true love? Bahahahaha. The top is uber-cute and feminine! Looks good on you. Kind of snazzy.

  8. megan says:

    good one!

  9. ellen says:

    Lovely fabric, and the pattern makes the most of it. Good work!

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