I am actually a little floored at all of the talent represented here on our Spring Top Week judges panel. I’m thrilled they said yes and that they are so excited to peruse/score your tops! Our ten Spring Top Week judges are, in no particular order:
Astrid of Denmark from Connecting the Dots, the winner of Spring Top Week 2009!
Ashley of Film in the Fridge, quilting extraordinaire who also designs great garments when she’s not making gobs and gobs of quilts
Whitney of Darling Dexter, one of my all-time favorite design-bloggers, who also happens to be a fabulous wedding photographer and fashion designer
Juliette of Chickpea Sewing Studio, pattern designer for Bernina’s Sewing Republic and another…
UPDATED (4/30): THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who submitted tops! Tune in next week to vote for your favorites!!!
I AM SO GEEKED about Spring Top Week! Not only have the Spring Top Week Sponsors (see them over there to the right?) provided a fantastic prize package for the winner (more on that later this week), but we also have ten ridiculously talented judges to help us narrow down a finalist. You are going to be SO impressed. Am v. pleased w/ self and am patting self on back even as I type this. My tops are coming along, slowly but surely. I’ve got a bunch (four) cut and ready to sew and another one is finished but I’m not sure…
Elliot’s birthday was yesterday so I’ve been busy celebrating that (and making super-hero capes during naps instead of spring tops) and eating cupcakes. I wish I could give you a beautiful birthday party spread like Jess complete with diggers but really we just had a few chaotic mornings filled with playing friends, lots of drumset banging and chasing up and down the hall. Trying to pretend there was any sort of theme besides cupcakes would be misleading.
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Well I thought I might have to throw the printer out the window trying to get this pattern to print correctly, but I didn’t. It’s here, now, and it works. And that’s what’s important right? By the way, page two is just there to taunt me. So just print page one. Take that you stupid pattern!?! OK, am really losing it. Just talked to a digital file. Just talked to a digital file.
We have spring fever here. It’s so warm and breezy and lovely this week. And as I type this I’m sitting in my car outside my house because both my kids fell asleep on the way home from hanging out with friends in Ann Arbor this morning, and rather than try and…
This tutorial will show you how to make a pair of tights by tracing another pair. Don’t have a pair on hand to trace? I’ve made a PDF baby tights pattern in size 3-6 months (with 6-12 months size modifications) that will be available soon (UPDATED: PATTERN HERE)! These baby tights can be sewn with either a serger OR a regular sewing machine. Stretchy knit jersey or old t-shirts make the best materials, and you’ll also need some 3/4″ wide elastic. I’ll talk about fabric selection, needles, and sewing techniques, so here we go…
For baby tights you’ll need very little fabric. An 18″ square of fabric will probably do it…
The baby tights tutorial is finished, but just decided yesterday that I’m going to include a tights pattern with it which isn’t quite finished. So that will be up tomorrow or Thursday, for all of you who responded so exuberantly! I’m so excited that you’re excited! It’s such a fast and easy project, I know you’ll love it.
During naps today I completely ignored my growing pile of emails and frantically whipped up this baby dress. In my defense: a) it was in my head and needed to get out, b) the grey tights needed something to go with them.
The pattern came from a vintage baby pattern that I heavily modified (as in: only used the neckline and underarm lines, redrafted…
I’ve been in serious baby-clothes-sewing withdrawal. Sooooo…look what I made this weekend:
Oh and I may have gone a little crazy and made a few more.
And guess what? I took pictures, so a tutorial’s on the way. Fun, fun, fun!!!
What is Spring Top Week?
It’s a week-long showcase of tops here on my blog and a contest for Best Top. It started last year as my own “selfish-sewing” challenge that I invited others to join, and again my challenge this year is to make five new tops for myself for spring (I will not compete). So, I invite you to challenge yourself to sew something new for yourself that you’ve never done before. Then enter it in the Spring Top Week 2010 pool between March 30 and April 30, 2010 to be entered in the challenge. There will be voting during top week (voting will be held May 3-7) to help us narrow down the finalists, and a final…
Are there any gypsies reading this blog? If so, I hope you’re not offended by my gypsy stereotypes. You guys have probably gotten out of the baby trade by now anyway, having found more lucrative work elsewhere and are getting tired of hearing it. Or maybe not. Well just in case there’s ANY doubt, I’M KIDDING. Don’t want to end up on the Child Protective Services watch list for making jokes about selling my baby on National Blogcast. We’d like to keep her around. [But Clementine: if you're reading this in twenty years, it's time to get your own place darling.] And if you have no idea why I’m even talking about gypsies, I made a reference in
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