Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Getting my Pleated Poppy on!

I have recently fallen in love with the blog, "The Pleated Poppy."  I mean, the name alone, right?  She has inspired my wardrobe big time- which is really saying something, as lately I've been living in black yoga pants and a black tank top.  Sometimes I vary it, and put on black cropped pants, and a black tee shirt.  I also have the latter in navy, so when I really want to change things up, I go with that.  But if I'm feeling especially lazy, I surf my man's side of the closet for clothing that hangs to my knees.  Anyway, after seeing her "What I wore" posts, I realized I needed one of two things.  Clinton and Stacy to come and smack me upside the head and lock me in a 365 degree mirror, or to simply quit wearing black.  I've been struggling with some things in my personal life, and the black clothing has been unintentionally representational of my mood.  My plan is to wear color, coordinating shoes, and accessories every day this week- all without shopping anywhere but my very own closet.  And I'm starting with a white tank top that I tweaked. (Because white is the opposite of black.)  I was inspired by Lindsey's tutorial at The Pleated Poppy.
You should really brace yourselves, because from now on it's going to be "The Pleated Poppy this," and "The Pleated Poppy that."  When I love someone, I love them. You know?  Just in case you are too lazy to check out the link for Lindsey's tee shirt, I've broken down the process for you.  It's all part of my "anti-lazy-girl-black-wearing" campaign.  First, find a shirt you want to decorate. Then find a shirt you want to destroy.  Cut random free-handed circles in the shirt you want to destroy.  Take care not to mix up the two and destroy the shirt you intended to decorate.  Not that you would do something like that.  But I would, so I'm just saying.
This is the "Pinch shot."  Do you need more explanation than this?  Because I might be too lazy to type that.  I mean, I'm taking baby steps here...
Now sew what you pinched so that when you flip it over and open it up it looks like...
... this.  ooohh.  ahhhh.  (I know.)
And then when you set it on the shirt you are decorating, it will resemble this.  Now stitch it down and then tack down the edges of the circle randomly here and there so that it doesn't flap all over in the wind.  Unless you're into flapping in the wind.  Me- not so much.
Your end result should come out a little like this, and the beauty of this project is that imperfection is showcased in a lovely way, thus you really can't ruin it.

Unless you went with the wrong shirt.

And in that case, you're on your own. 

23 comments:

  1. love it!!
    who needs jcrew baby ?

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  2. super! now, did you do all this with needle and thread, or did you break out a sewing machine?

    your shirt is lovely :) great job, and congratulations for breaking out of the black (literally and figuratively)

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  3. You sound like me in that I have gotten lazy about getting dressed. I am tired of being dumpy and frumpy just because I have no plans to leave the house. I remember reading a blog and the lady stated that she was planning on getting dressed to her shoes each day because she had gotten lazy and started wearing her pjs all day. That stuck with me but you have inspired me to put more effort into getting dressed and avoiding the dark stuff. (so much of my closet is navy, tan, ivory, black, and white. it all goest together right?) I need fuchsia!!

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  4. A plus Adorable, I love the tee and I have one in black. Opps!
    I am so glad you shared I was think gee I could do those....Now I can! Thanks Many Blessing, Deborah

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  5. How cute.........and so easy.

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  6. I can't believe you made that! Seriously I saw it and thought you bought it from her store or something. Look at you. I think you should wear super bright happy colors...like yellow. That's what I think of when I think of you. Just a bubbly fun colorful person. This black faze will fade. I'm sure of it:) Did you make your camera strap too??

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  7. Oops spelled phase faze. You knew what I meant...right?:)

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  8. I've got an 18 and 20 year old so I can't wait to show them this!!! And the quote from the other day about comparing yourself to other women - PRICELESS! That should be made into a t-shirt!

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  9. too cute sasha! now, be careful washing it!!

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  10. Cool! I'm totall on a "sew my own dresses" kick. My wardrobe needs some serious revamping--I tend to do the black boring thing too, but I'm so much happier when I wear bright lovely colors and things that have lovely detail on them. I've been saving my husbands old white t-shirts to do stuff like this. :-)

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  11. I love the pleated poppy too! she always does the cutest stuff! Your shirt looks awesome!

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  12. I LOVE THIS!!! I can't wait to try it! My Hubs is ALL.THE.TIME trying to get me to wear color but I'm a huge lover of clothes that are black and brown. It's the plain jane in me.

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  13. I love this SO much - and how easy!!! I am really impressed with this one, gotta say!!

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  14. oooh! i love it! i really need to try some more of those shirts!

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  15. This is cute. When I get skinny I'm gonna dress just like you!

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  16. Love love love it! But I'm probably going to do it in black! HA!
    I wear more black then anything-I try to wear other colors but always go back to black. I was talking to my husband about it the other day and he told me he thinks I look great in black (his words were "very sexy") :) Black always looks classy to me.
    I've gotten to where I will wear black and add a splash of color around it. (This makes my mom happy-LoL)
    Hope you are having a great week~!
    Robin~♥

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  17. Adorable top! I love it! Make me one, I am lazy too. haha

    I am a follower of The Pleated Poppy and love it too.

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  18. My daughter said..."That is really cute, does she make them in adult smalls or kid large" Your first order.
    Super adorable.
    "how much are they?" LOL

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  19. i love the pleated poppy's what i wore series too! it makes me feel like a total slob which in turn has got me to get my rear in gear and actually wear the clothes in my closet. opposed to the clothes i've been wearing which are supposed to be saved for painting and scrubbing the floors.

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  20. Your voice is so making me laugh today! I love this post and I think I am going to steal this idea and create a pleated poppy lamp. =)

    SO stinkin' cute!

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  21. Hey... that is SEW cute... I might have to try to add something pleated poppy-ish to my plain jane wardrobe! I need Stacy and Clinton too... seriously... I wear plain t's and jeans... all the time... and shorts... *sigh* hopeless... ;)

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  22. I really love that shirt...and now am a bit intimidated even with that amount of sewing...but love, love how it turned out:)

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  23. I'm so excited about this I can't stop looking at it. I'm off to try this tomorrow! I'm so on board with the Pleated Poppy! Thanks for posting! :)

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