This shirt was totally inspired by my friend Jessica, aka Jonestown UkeSTAR. Until last week, I knew she played the ukulele, but I didn't know she was a youtube star. Then one day she texted and asked if she could come over and borrow my computer for a bit. She said her laptop was down and she needed to update her videos. I was like, ''WHAT??? you have videos???''
She didn't want me to watch her videos while she was sitting there (lol) so after she left I spent 45 minutes totally rocking out to them. Then I went in my sewing room and made this awesome top.
It's the Ladies' Quick Dress and Top pattern from Jocole.
And the yoke (top portion) of my top is this amazing Vegan Leather Fabric from Girl Charlee. It rocks! Yes, that's why this shirt makes me feel like a rockstar. :)
FYI, the knit fabric on the lower part of the shirt was also from Girl Charlee.
Here are some tips for sewing on vegan leather. The two products above will be your best friends.
First, use clips instead of pins because vegan leather is really just a knit fabric with a thin layer of vinyl on top so holes in it won't heal.
Second, when you have to sew on the vinyl surface: place a drop of sewing machine oil (any) on your finger and run it across the bottom of your sewing machine foot. That will help it move smoothly for a while. Repeat as needed and wipe away any extra oil that you see when you're done. It won't hurt the vegan leather at all.
Don't let me make this sound difficult. The vegan leather fabric is soft, supple, and very thin. I used a regular needle and using those tips above you won't have any problems at all.
And I totally FEEL like a rockstar when I wear this top. Man, I wish I could play the ukulele.
So what have you been sewing up? Do you have any more camper makeover inspiration for me?
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