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The Bimaa: Spring Edition Hacks

SpringBimaa copyI LOVE the Bimaa. Love might be an understatement, actually. I tell everyone to buy it and am constantly sewing one up.

But, it’s spring (here in the US, and in Mississippi it’s practically summer already) and River needs some quick tops.  So, I thought I would play around with the Bimaa pattern. I know she’s in a 4T in that pattern, so I can cut a whole bunch without having to check fit.

I’ve already turned the Bimaa into a dress and loved the result. So, here goes for some tops.

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First up: Shortened sleeves and thin neckband.

I kept the main shirt the same, including the waistband with a contrasting fabric. I shortened the sleeves by using a shirt River already had as a template. Then, I added the sleeve cuffs and a thin neckline band. I wanted to use the shawl version of the neckline, but I knew it just wouldn’t last much in this heat we get for 5 months out of the year.

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I can’t believe someone GAVE me that yellow fabric, and it matches perfectly! The elephant knit is from JoAnn’s, their Doodle collection (picked it up while it was 50% off). They had monkeys and lions too; I was very tempted to get all of them, but I refrained. You know, trying to be thrifty and all. 🙂

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{Look mama, I’m an elephant!}

And the breakdown:
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Next up: Slight cowl neckline, shortened and hemmed sleeves.

For this version, I kept the front and back pieces and waistband the same and altered the sleeves and neckline again.  This time I made the neckline a semi-cowl by cutting a strip about 4″ wide by the length I needed to go around the neckline. Also, I hemmed the sleeves instead of using a band.

One of the things I love about the Bimaa is how it’s finished – you don’t have to hem anything! But for some reason, I wanted to hem these sleeves. Why oh why? I like the way it came out, but it made me not want to make another one with a sleeve hem. I like quick projects, and this one was quick until I had to hem, switch to a double needle, etc. I just wasn’t wanting to do that on this project. Also, since I made the neckline a bit thicker, it hangs down a little too much. If I use this neckline again, I’m going to add about an inch to the middle of the front pattern piece.

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I love this knit deer fabric; this is my second deer Bimaa made for her. The previous one was on a different colorway. Both deer color fabrics are from Girl Charlee*.

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Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}
And the breakdown:
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So, there you have it: the Bimaa for Spring!

Do you love the Bimaa as much as I do!? I’d love to see your versions, hacked, or not.

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