I’m off to the land of bearable temperatures tomorrow. I will break out the tank tops, and skirts…and deodorant. Life is going to be real good in about 24 hours because tomorrow I will be in Austin, Texas at SXSW. Wearing my new navy tank with polka dot bias tape of course…

thrifted navy shirt before and after

Now, you guys, this is without a doubt my favorite Sew Thrifted ever. I see many a hot summer day spent in this little tank top. You know why? Because this puppy fits like a charm. The secret? I used a pattern…on an oversized thrifted shirt…and it worked. Like, it worked really well! The pattern was (can you guess?) the Tiny Pocket Tank Pattern from Grainline. If you been reading my blog since this summer (and thank you to the moon and back if you have!), you know that I was a wee bit obsessed with this pattern as evidenced here.  And then my favorite sewing loved ones made a few more here. The Tiny Pocket Tank is a winner for sure. And it works on oversized shirts too!

navy thrifted shirt with polka dot bias tape

I basically laid the pattern over my carefully deconstructed thrifted shirt and cut out new pieces. I chose to leave the neckline as-is, remembering that my previous Tiny Pocket Tank was a little revealing. I also went sans pocket again. I have an aversion to pockets.

thrifted navy shirt side

Then I carefully applied some vintage polka dot bias tape I thrifted about a year ago around the armholes and to the bottom hem. It worked like a charm!

polka dot bias tape

My new obsession? Putting bias tape on everything. Obviously.

I will be back from Austin in a week with lots to tell I’m sure. Then it’s back in the sewing saddle for more Sew Thrifted and some guest blogging!

I’m on a new kick. Maybe it’s because the start of a new semester has granted me this thing called “free time”. But, seriously, I literally cannot stop thinking about sewing. Sometimes I walk into my sewing room just to stare at the projects I have on my list. I think about photos and backdrops and blog content constantly. And there are some epic projects coming friends. I think I caught whatever sewing bug Whitney has, because I literally want to sew all. of. the. time.

And look what she’s showing us today! Only the cutest Oliver + S Messy Kid Bibs you’ve ever laid your eyes on. Feast my friends, feast.

Oliver + S bibThe facts, straight up:

Pattern:  Oliver + S Messy Kid Bib from Little Things to Sew
Size:  one size
Fabric:  various ones from my stash (fat quarters work great)
Notions:  colored snaps
Difficulty:  2 scissors out of 4 (advanced beginner)
Make it again?:  not the way it’s done in the book

Her words:

“I made this pattern exactly once the way it’s written.  It felt like the most labor intensive bib on the face of the planet.  Between laminating the cotton and sewing on the bias tape the proper way, it took eons longer than any bib should ever take.  It also takes a ridiculous amount of bias tape.  Then I put one of my hard earned bibs in the washing machine and failed to realize hot water would render it completely unusable. 

Oliver + S bib melted

Lesson learned.  Back to the drawing board.

 My new version of this bib is quilting cotton backed with washcloth material.  I omit the little pocket at the bottom for the tidy eaters out there.  I don’t laminate because I would want to be able to wash these with a normal load of towels.  I sew the two layers right sides together and leave an opening along the bottom to turn them inside out.  I’m now using snaps for closures because I bought an assortment of bright colors and it’s fun to find ones that coordinate with the fabric, but the pattern calls for velcro.

One final tip:  If you see yourself making a lot of bibs (and why wouldn’t you?), transfer your pattern to something durable.  Some people use poster board.  I like to iron my traced pattern onto really stiff interfacing (the stuff that doesn’t crease nicely at all and feels like cardboard) and then cut it out.  Here’s what my bib pattern looks like after cutting out two dozen bibs: 

Oliver + S bib template

Have fun!”

Oliver + S bib cherries