Tassy lamented recently that she had no long sleeved tops. I had a look around the shops and boy, I wasn't keen on what I found! I ended up buying three plain tops in Kmart for $4 and $6 each, with a mind to pretty them up.
When I bought this marle grey I really wanted to add neutrals to it. I didn't have something specific in mind but thought I'd try some doilies and vintage trims. I love the offcut trim on the neckline. It would have been great to have enough to go all the way around, but I think this is still OK. I wanted the doilies to overlap and casually flow up towards the shoulder, and scattered a few buttons around. I stuck everything down with a glue stick first, then machine stitched the trims and doilies and hand sewed the buttons. The wooden bonjoir button came from the underground markets in Wellington when I was there with my family 18 months ago.
Twice at the op shops I have scored tins of vintage buttons. It's so exciting to rummage through to find really special gems. I will have to post some pics of special button finds on my blog soon. Anyway, along with gems there's a plethora of plain buttons. They're still pretty because they're so shiny and nice and heavy, not like cheap modern plastic buttons. For this top I gathered all the plain buttons on the table and roughly made them into a heart shape. I used this to gauge the right size to make my hand drawn heart, then drew the heart on the Tshirt with a water soluble pen. I cut a piece of vintage sheeting the same size and attached it to the inside of the Tshirt for some extra stability. Then I used a glue stick to attach all the buttons to the heart. It didn't really take much rearranging to make them fit. Once the glue was dry I sat on the couch and hand sewed the buttons in place.
This was actually the first one I did, and if I was going to do it again I'd make the bow smaller. But to tell the truth, I can't bring myself to pull this apart and do it again, so it's going to stay a big bow. :) I used leftover fabric from a dress I made Tassy last summer. I sewed a long rectangle for the loops of the bow, a small rectangle for the centre of the bow and a long rectangle for the ties.
She's got a few new wardrobe pieces now, and all up they only cost $14.