Last weekend was very productive. I whipped out this cute little top using DS Quilts Picnics and Fairgrounds fabric from JoAnn's.
When I picked out the fabric, I didn't exactly think thru the directional print. So the pleats aren't so great to look at. Below is my solution: I bought a few crocheted flowers at the Road to California quilt show last month and thought I'd use one on this top.
I think I'll dye the flower red and add a fun white ribbon to the bunch. This top was inspired by one I've owned for maybe 4+ years. I only pull it out on special casual occasions.
Here I am wearing it on my 26th birthday with my friend Aubrey. Sorry my hair is covering the cute flower. This tank is my all time favorite shirt, and I hardly wear it cause I want it to last forever. It's made using a collage of stretch/knits fabrics. I love that it has an above the bust cut. Since I'm not good with sewing knits, I've been looking for a pattern for a long time to replicate it that didn't require a knit. Above the bust patterns are really hard to find. But, finally I found one. The pattern I used to make my new shirt is Butterick 5217.
The pattern was super easy to follow. However, even though I'm no virgin to sewing apparel, I ran into a few hurdles. For one, the facing was narrower than the drape. I couldn't figure out what I did wrong, but I fixed it letting out a couple seam allowances. No biggy. Anyway, a also made a few other changes to the pattern to get the look I was going for. Instead of three pleats on the back I only did one and I made my own biased tape from the left over fabric instead of buying some. I also shortened the tunic, which I wont do again because it hangs a little stiff. I think if it was a little longer it wouldn't look so stiff. Maybe its just the fabric though. A voile would probably work better. Maybe I'll order some AMH for my next one.
On another note...
I also worked my butt off on the side yard weeding, digging, sawing lumber and making this:
Looks like no big fuss, but oh believe me, this was a lot of work. I got the plans from Better Homes & Garden's how tos. I'll admit, I did have a little help from my father-in-law screwing it together. We've always wanted a vegetable garden, and by golly we are gonna have one! There is still so much to do, but I'm making good headway and I have a great little helper. Any tips on raised gardening? Please do share. I have no green thumb an can use the advice. We'll get back to this in a couple weeks.
Hope you have a good week! I'm off to Oklahoma to visit my big sister.