Thursday, April 30, 2015

Saiph Tunic for Me

I've been on a selfish sewing kick lately. This Saiph Tunic from Papercut Patterns has been on my wish list for a while. Part of me wishes I would have bought the pretty paper pattern but instead I went with the PDF, printed it out and taped it together. This pattern runs pretty big. I decided to make the medium but really should have made a small. I think it works fine since the fabric is really flowing and light but the armholes are a bit big. I still like the shape and way it turned out and will definitely have to make another one. I customized this a bit by not adding sleeves and doing some top stitching to finish it off. Loving the way it turned out - it should be perfect for summer!

The back has a key hole cut out (that is a bit too deep) and is closed with a button at the top.

It looks like big girls like a little twirl in their skirt too!


I do like the way this top turned out but I love learning how it fits and what I need to do next time to make it better! I'm thinking this pattern would be really good in a knit fabric. Next time...


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter and a Dress

I took full advantage of Easter this year and asked my family to indulge me in a little family photo session. We did get a few good ones that were a bit more serious than this one but for whatever reason I really like this one. It just fits, you know?

In other news, I made this dress for Sage. I gave it to her for her birthday and I also made a matching dress for her new doll. She was super excited about it (even though that is not apparent at all in these photos) because it twirls. You know, because twirl is the measure of wear-ability for dresses for any reasonable 5 year old girl!

The dress turned out good but it means a bit more than that this time. This fabric was given to me by my great-aunt straight from her stash. It's a beautiful silk print that is lightweight and was a dream to sew. This dress will be one that I'm sure I won't be able to part with long after she's out grown it!


Back panel shirt-tail top

In my mind I've been obsessing over this top for a while now. I saw a black and white striped shirt at a favorite boutique of mine and thought - I can make that. So the idea brewed around in my head for quite some time until I could take it no longer. First day of spring break rolled around and it's all I could think about. My kids were happily occupied with their new Duck Tails video from the Easter Bunny, so I went for it.
I loosely followed the seafarer top pattern but modified it based on a top that I had and liked the fit of. I cut my fabric a bit generously to allow for adjustments. From there I just modified and adjusted until I liked it! Ta-da!

The main fabric is a really small black and white strip knit. And the back is floral cotton. I love the pop of color and the shirt-tail hem! The top of the floral panel is attached with a small pleat which makes it a bit fuller in the back but leaves the front a bit more fitted. The neck and the arm holes are finished with a band.

It's perfect for Spring!