Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring Top - Take Three!

Last night, I foolishly agreed to watch the latest Netflix to hit our mailbox with my husband. What I didn't realize was that he had hacked my our queue again and we would be watching "Ninja Assasins". Thankfully, I had the good sense to gather some projects and my cutting board so I could do some cutting and pinning while watching helpless victims get thier heads and limbs sliced off by flying star blades.

I also grabbed a pen and paper and somewhere between the 53rd and 54th decapitation, I drew a quick sketch of my next top for Spring Top Week.

This is what I drew:

Nevermind the fact that it looks like my daughter drew it, sometimes you just have to get stuff on paper.

And this is what I ended up with today.

I didn't have a pattern or a fabric in mind when I drew my sketch, but when I hit the fabric store today I zoned in on this nice turquoise swiss dot. First of all, I adore swiss dot, it's the epitome of spring fabric. Secondly, I knew it would have that nice drape and airy feel I was going for and thirdly, it was on sale. So it came home with me and my darling, sweet daughter gifted me with a 3 1/2 hour nap this afternoon.

Measure, cut, measure, re-measure, cut, sew, (where's my seam ripper?), sew, measure, measure, sew. You get the picture.

I just about had it finished up by the time she woke up. I got stuck on the sleeves for awhile. I had originally intended to attach little ruffles in lieu of sleeves, but when I did, it just looked silly to me. I then tried little aysmetrical sleeves, but they weren't really doing it for me either. I finally settled on a longer puff sleeve, and shirred a few rows for the band.

*Please disregard my pasty white sausage arm in the this picture. Maybe now you know why the sleeveless version wasn't working. Ahem.

I should have taken a picture before I shirred the waistband, I can't believe what a difference it made. I was still on the fence about the top until I did the waist and put it on. Then once I sewed the buttons on I was totally sold. This by FAR my favorite top of the three I've made for Spring Top Week. It is incredibly comfortable and has so many possibilities. It's casual enough for jeans and flip flops, but dressy enough for a skirt and heels.



  1. this one is my favorite. good job as always!

  2. queue hacking is a problem in our home too!!!!

  3. agghhh! I love Ninja Assassins. Actually requested (and got) it for my birthday. :D

  4. I am really impressed with this top! I love the top and can't believe your daughter gave you a three hour nap! (Could she come teach mine how to do that?!) I blogged about your top here because it is one of my favorites so far!