Monthly Archives: April 2010

And #4 is complete

I have to admit that I am a bit relieved that I have finished my last top for Spring Top Week.   I put in the blind hem in yesterday morning… before work… while drinking my coffee– talk about squeezing sewing projects into small blocks of free time. 

I am in love with Anna Marie Horner’s Little Folks Collection.  This fabric is so silky!  This tunic is an altered version (side invisible zipper instead of covered buttons, different bodice profile) of Amy Butler’s Anna Tunic. 

Please excuse the wrinkles, I took these pictures after wearing the top for the day!


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A challenging task

I have greatly enjoyed the challenge of Spring Top Week and am surprised that I actually have three well-fitting tops to show for it.  I don’t believe that I could have made these tops a few years ago.  My sewing has been limited to making dolls for so many years, that “life-sized” projects are a bit of a challenge.

I remember the first few dresses that I tried to make – one had an empire waist with ruffles (which inadvertently made me look pregnant– not good), one was altered too much to accommodate my pointy shoulder blades, thus creating other fit issues, and the remainders never made it past the muslin test.  It was with a bit of trepidation that I made the first Amy Butler pattern earlier this month, thinking that I probably would just waste my money and time.  I’d like to say thank you Rae for hosting this challenge, and boosting my sewing confidence a bit.  Maybe  I will try to make a dress again…

Here is my third top – a green ruffled version of a shell.  I did not use a pattern, but loosely based it on the multi-colored dot shell (top #2).  Made with Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain fabric, the top is unlined and has a side zipper.

I’m off to finish my last top (alas I didn’t make my goal of 5 tops)- the Friday deadline is drawing near!

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