Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Top Week

Update April 25, 2012:  My top was chosen as one of the round 4 tops!!!!  If you have a moment to vote, please do so here!



Every year I follow Made by Rae's Spring Top Week to get some inspiration for some spring/summer sewing.  This year, I decided to actually make something for me. The last time I sewed clothes for myself was in 2009.  I was on my first maternity leave and I made a ruffle top using this tutorial.  I have no idea what happened to that top but I do remember how much fun it was to make.

With not a lot of time to design my own pattern, I purchased a PDF download from Wiksten.   It was really easy to print out the PDF and tape it all together.  I just needed to keep the kids away from it long it enough to cut it out to my size.  (Note:  Follow the size recommendation.  I resisted the urge to cut a Medium and went with XS.  I am not an XS but this top fits!)

For my first try, I used an old men's shirt for the fabric.  I didn't want to use up any "good" fabric if the pattern didn't work out.  There was a wee stain on the shirt so I used the back of the shirt for the front and the front for the back.  I strayed from the instructions and used a grey bias tape to bind it all up.  The original shirt was so boring and this added a little pop of colour.  I also changed the pocket and pocket placement.   Not bad but this shirt wouldn't stay unwrinkled, even after steam ironing it.  The fit was good... it's nice to make a flowy top that doesn't make you look pregnant.

For my second try, I went to my stash and chose the Ginger Blossom line by Sandi Henderson from Michael Miller.

Although the pattern calls for more fabric, I was able to get away with using 1M of fabric and making my own bias strips.

I decided not to do a pocket since I would never use one.    This is what it looks like finished.  Maybe it's a little loud, but underneath a cardigan, it's just the right splash of colour for spring.

Happy Sewing,


  1. Not loud at all, just perfect, I love it!

  2. I LOVE them!!! I don't think the second one is too loud!! & I totally agree, it will look SUPER cute under a cardigan!! I can't wait until I have a sewing machine!!

    1. Nichole, it'll be so cool when you get one. Just think of all the things you can make for yourself and your kids!

  3. It's gorgeous - I love that Michael Miller fabric, not too loud at all! Hope you don't mind but I just linked to your blog from mine (please let me know if it's a problem).

    1. Thanks again for the kind words and for linking to my blog from yours :) I can't wait to see what you'll do with the Tova!