06 May 2011

Spring Top Entry

I did it! I actually made TWO things just for me to wear. The Portfolio dress was the first dress I've ever made for myself, (without any help from my mom!)



As a follow-up, I wanted to make a new blouse. I had a fun grey chambray fabric I used partly for my daughter's skirt...bonus it matched the scraps left from my dress!  It wasn't enough to make a Portfolio tunic, so I improvised. I found a great online peasant top for a woman HERE.  A word of caution.  This pattern is VERY generous.  I ended up cutting 3 inches off the sleeves and two inches from the sides.

Instead of making casings with elastic, I gathered the neck and arm openings.


I used the Portfolio pattern's neckband for a pattern, and made the arm bands by measuring my arm and adding an inch.  They are 3 inches wide.
I interfaced the outer neckband and entire arm band.


I added a slit to the back of my top, using my method for the Summertime Romper.  I will make the facing a lot smaller next time!


I attached the neckband and armbands, similarly to the Portfolio Dress Sew-Along.  I also added a contrast hem, just like I did for my dress.


You can see a quick how-to HERE.

I had these metal buttons in my stash...aren't they fun?


Here's the final top:


As this was my first try at something like this, I have some improvements I want to make for next time.  I am going to make similar tops for my girls as part of Kid's Clothes Week Challenge.  I'll write up a better tutorial with some pattern pieces for the neckband when I finish them up.  :)



For some housekeeping info:
Gwen and I are delaying sharing your dresses, to allow you more time to finish.  So plan on a Portfolio Dress Gallery a week from today.

Tomorrow is May's Sewing 101 post.  I am so excited about my guest...and you will be too!
Hoping your weekend is fabulous!  Happy Mothers Day!!

p.s. in case you didn't notice, my lovely earrings are rose quartz dangles from My Girlish Whims, and one of those flowers I made just happens to match perfectly.  :)

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holly p said...

Cute top Chris!! It looks great! Makes me want to sew some clothes for myself...I keep saying that I'm going to do it, but I'm afraid! :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Fantastic, Chris! I love that you used elements from the Portfolio dress. I love the gray. And you look great!

Anne Magee said...

That is so cute! I love the fabrics you chose and those pretty buttons!

Mandy said...

so cute!

Cook Clean Craft said...

The top looks great! A lovely fabric combination.

Marjorie said...

Very cute!

The Gunny Sack said...

I love the gray color! The shirt turned out great!!

The Changs said...

What a great top! I would love to make one, but I would need lots of help from my mom!

Amy C said...

Good Job on the top Chris! I love the fabric combination you chose.

Erin said...

very cute chris! i really like the contrasting fabric on the neck and sleeves.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Chris,

Wow! You can make clothes quickly!! It would have taken me a year to make the first dress/tunic!!

And look at you...gorgeous!!


Sarahx

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

One of my favourite fabric choices is grey chambray - its classic and looks terrific on everyone. Your top looks wonderful! Happy Mother's Day weekend.

Maria said...

Great top!

Melissa said...

I really like the color grey...it looks really cute on you too.

Anna said...

cuuuute top! It looks awesome on you. :)

Mike said...

You rock! Love the top and I love the skirt and shorts you made. I was inspired and decided to pull out my sewing machine and cut down some tops that have just gotten too big for me. It didn't end so well...I guess I should start reading some of your tutorials on sewing method, lol.

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