I love this top. I know I could have taken any old t-shirt pattern and added this contrast piece but, if you’ve been around this blog long, you know I have no creativity. None. At. All. In the magazine they show this knit top with contrasting solid fabrics like satin and a black jersey. Cute, I thought.
I made mine out of a purple knit (kind of thicker like a sweater knit but not really thick). I used gray wool suiting for the contrast panels. I added the bling on my own. Love the bling or is it too young for me? I’m closing in on 40 over here. But, I sorta love the bling. Oh, and who doesn’t have a kudu head on their back porch?
Here’s the close-up with the bling. The original pattern uses a facing for the neckline and has a keyhole opening in the back with a button. I used a self-fabric binding for the neck instead and did away with the opening in the back. This has a very small neck opening. With the added neck binding, it’s hard to get over my head and I have a small head. Be warned, fat-headed people!
I found this ultra cool hot-fix Iron-On Art at Joann’s on clearance for $0.50. I bought all they had. I’ve used it a few times already and it’s so fun! It seems to really stay on too. It’s in three layers, a black plastic sheet, the blingies, and then a clear plastic “tape” that holds the blingies in place. First, you peel off the black plastic.
Then you stick the “tape” and blingies to the fabric. You can see on the right side where I cut and added some individual stones. I love it because the “tape” holds it in place and you can reposition it if you need to.
You go to the wrong side and iron for 10-15 seconds. On mine, I covered the purple knit with pressing clothes because I don’t know the fiber content of the knit. I bought it at the San Diego Swap Meet. Why didn’t I do it before I sewed it on? Well, I wanted to do a little fitting just to make sure I liked it before I wasted my bling on it. It’s like Elaine’s “Sponge Worthy” test on Seinfeld. I only have so much bling.
Of course, I can always buy more. Elaine couldn’t.
Readers, tell me straight. Do you like it? I like it but I’m also attracted to all things short, shiny, and tight. I must be related to Heidi Klum.