Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


From Polo-to-Tank Top

My second knit, my first tank-top and my first refashioned item!

My polo-to-tank top

An old polo shirt.

I used BurdaStyle’s Sadie pattern and cut up one of Chris’ old polo shirts. The top is just a bit snug, but I like it. I can’t wait to wear it over and over again!

I had a little trouble with the bias tape binding. The pattern calls for cutting up strip of fabric to use as the binding, which would have been less stiff than the bias tape, but I didn’t have enough polo shirt to do that. I don’t really mind the stiff binding as I think it gives the shirt and interesting look.

I also didn’t like how blind hemming the tape looked. The thread was a lighter green (I didn’t have a dark green spool on hand) and I thought it made the collar look tacky.

So, using a stitch called “Sephora” on my old Singer, I decided to do a decorative stitch instead. I like how it turned out. What do you think?

I originally had planned to add flowers or something along the left side of the collar, but the best I could come up with, using what I had, was this:

Too juvenile for a 30-year-old woman, me thinks.

I could have left the top plain; it’s all right like that. But, to me, if you’re making something, you’re able to put your own personal touches on it and make it yours. So why not go all out? I felt the top still needed something, but what?

I flipped through Jenny Hart’s “Sublime Stitching” book I picked up last Christmas while visiting my parents. I decided on a border along the bottom front of the shirt like this:

What do you think? I think I’m going to love it!

The embroidery floss matches the Sephora stitching pretty well and makes the top look more interesting. I can’t wait to finish!

And it shouldn’t take long. I finished the first vine in one evening. I’m using a simple backstitch for the stem and satin stitch (my first attempt at this stitch!) for the leaves.

(Thanks, Mom, for teaching me the basics of embroidery and thanks, Jenny, for this awesome book!)


Another go at baking bread

I’ve been attempting to make wheat bread for sandwiches, but haven’t had much luck. This time I took the bread out of the oven a few minutes sooner and I let it cool longer before slicing. This is what I got:

The bread turned out much better and made a great salami-cheddar sandwich for lunch today.

Once I started slicing the bread, I noticed it was still a little warm in the middle and some slices still crumbled some. Mom told me to think of it like cookies . . . the bread sets more the longer it cools. It just takes much longer than cookies because it’s so much thicker.

So next time I’ll try to be patient and find something else to occupy my time instead of hovering over the loaves, waiting to slice into them. I’m bad about that with cake, either removing it from the pan or waiting for the cake to totally cool before icing it. Just can’t make myself wait that long! I’m ready to eat it then! That’s why I love cookies. I eat them as soon as them come out of the oven, it all their mushy, warm goodness. 🙂

Pictured with the bread is some yummy pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins. My friend, Adria, loves these and we have lunch plans later this week. She’s also has a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks so I thought she’d enjoy some of these to celebrate. I won’t share her age as she may hurt me. She’s already said she’s not celebrating with big plans this year. I feel the same way with my birthday coming up in five months.

I also made my first batch of corn bread from scratch yesterday and it turned out really good. I made some honey butter to sweeten ’em up. Next time, I may add honey or more sugar to the recipe to make the bread taste better. I’m a big fan of Jiffy corn muffin mix, which is really sweet and delicious. Hope I can come close to Jiffy’s yumminess!

I also made chocolate pudding pie for my hubby. With some Vanilla Wafers, butter and sugar, I made a vanilla crust to went really well with the chocolate. I normally use graham crackes, since that’s what Chris’ mom uses, but we didn’t have any so I had to substitute.
And with another furlough day today, I was able to enjoy a three-day weekend that allowed me time to finish this project:

This is a crocheted shirt pattern from Debbie Stoller’s “Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker.” As I’ve said before, this is a great book for novice hookers and a great resource with cool patterns for even more mature hook welders.
I have some sweet tank tops and long sleeved shirts that’ll look great with this shirt. The pattern also suggests tying a ribbon along the neckline.