Sewing Mysteries: How did they DO that?

I’d like to start a series of posts about Sewing Mysteries. They don’t even have to be vastly mysterious, or extremely complex – basically anything that makes me wonder “How did they do that??”

Like this super cute top from Anthropologie. Look at the little flower-like smocking┬ádetail at the shoulders and sides! How did they do it? And how am I going to create my own version – even though I don’t sew knits very often. I am not a knits girl. (One of my co-workers refers to herself as a knits girl, which I suppose makes me a wovens girl.)

I’m so curious, I should probably buy the top to peek inside and figure it out. Just kidding – kind of…

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6 Responses to Sewing Mysteries: How did they DO that?

  1. Vanya June 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    My first visit to your blog and I think it is great. I have a top that has a similar finish on it and they have used elastic bobbin thread. I can send you a photo if you are still interested.

  2. Tasia June 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    @Vanya: Hi Vanya, thanks for stopping by! I’d love to see a photo of the shirt you have – my email address is tasia(at)sewaholic(dot)net when you have a chance. Thanks!

  3. Holly June 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    I saw a top inspired by this exact Anthropologie top on Spring Top Week! Adrianna dissected the Anthro shirt and posted about it here:

  4. Tasia June 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Awesome – thanks Holly! I’m so going to use her example as well as Vanya’s photos, and craft my own version of this super cute top. Thanks guys!!

  5. Holly June 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m sure you’ll make a great top! Looking forward to seeing your project on your blog!

  6. bella July 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Cute idea, Tasia. I am definitely one of those people who looks at something, goes, “Nice!” walks on by…and then says, “Hey! How did they do that?!” Then I go back & take a close look to try to figure it out…

    I really like stumping (or trying to stump) people. We have a huipile from Guatemala & I could never tell if it was embroidered or woven…took it to a master (mistress) weaver & she couldn’t tell either. That pleased me–that she, too, was stumped!