for a short Cute Break.
Wow! Thanks for all of the comments on yesterday’s ivory knit top! It really goes to show that I can never predict how something will go over. Honestly I thought it would be too underwhelming, being so basic. I even thought about not posting it. Hah. Well, I tell you what: I am definitely going to make another one and put a waistband on it so I have two! Didn’t even occur to me to wear it with a belt (sans waistband)! You guys are awesome.
I had to clip the stitching between each lace section in order to make it lay flat. I tested it on a small piece of lace first to make sure this wouldn’t ravel the lace.
Just a note that Thursday’s vote will not be open for an entire day as I will be notifying the finalists by Thursday at 9 PM that they are finalists. Voting on Thursday will be open from 9 AM – 9 PM eastern.
It’s time to reveal my next Spring Top! Thanks for all the top love yesterday by the way! I’m so glad you all liked it so much! Maybe you’ll like this one too:
UPDATED: Found fabric necklace seller’s name: Christine Edwards, still haven’t found shop online…perhaps she just sells in person?
My main goal this year for myself was to keep it simple. Last year I had such ambitious plans for my spring tops I just about killed myself trying to execute them and the results were not exactly great (the clown top springs most readily to mind). So this year I decided to make a pattern that didn’t require sleeves, a trend which seems to be pretty popular right now. In other words, the top is comprised of two main pieces (front and back), along with a few other embellishments (in this case there’s a placket and some ties). And I’ll mention it plainly since I always get this question: this is my own, hand-drawn, not-available pattern.
I find I really like empire waisted tops, but wanted this one to be slimming in front (read: not maternity-esque). The ties begin at the side of the placket which creates a flat portion in the center of the top which I think looks nice, rather than being gathered or baggy. It also (unfortunately) creates that little crease at the bottom of the placket but I don’t mind that too much.
The only thing that I would like to add to this top yet is pockets. I love pockets!
In addition to the prizes offered by my sponsors (see this post for a complete list), I asked a few friends and online shops to contribute prizes as well. As I started to put this together I realized that it’s actually a little insane how many prizes there are this year. Originally they were ALL intended for the two winners, but I’ve decided that I’ll split this second batch up a little bit and send some to our Final Round finalists as well as the winners, just to even things out a little bit, y’know? So some of these prizes featured here today will go to our two Best Top Award winners (Judges Choice and Readers Choice) and the others will go to the other finalists from Friday’s final reader vote. Yay!!!
$40 Gift Certificate to two winners, redeem at the Fits All Who Fits In etsy shop!
A HUGE thank you to all of these businesses for providing prizes for our Spring Top Sewalong 2011 winners and finalists! And don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite top today (visit the sidebar to access the current vote)!!!
DISCLAIMER: Just so everyone’s clear: I do not receive any compensation or products of any kind for promoting these folks and their stuff. It’s just fun for me to be able to offer these to our finalists and winners!!!
It’s Spring Top Week! We’ll be voting on a new group each day Monday-Thursday, and the top four finalists will go up for a vote on FRIDAY. So come back each day this week to vote for your favorite tops! The final vote will determine the Best Top Award (Readers Choice).
Our judges will also be voting this week on their choice for Best Top (Judges Choice)! They’ve been scoring each of the tops as they were entered, a fun but definitely busy task. Let me introduce you to my impressive and wonderful judging panel:
Florence of Flossie Teacakes (and a STW 2010 finalist!)
Jamie Christina of Jamie Christina Patterns
Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch
Kelli of Presserfoot (also a STW 2009 finalist!)
Dana of MADE
Juju of Chickpea Sewing Studio
Edith of Edeenut Creates (a STW 2010 finalist!)
Megan of Brassy Apple (who’s put together a top tutorial for you guys, more on that soon!)
Jenny of Wan Life to Live (a STW 2010 finalist!)
Adrianna and Susan of Crafterhours (Adrianna received the Best Top (Readers’ Choice) Award last year)
Meg of Fashioned by Meg (a STW 2009 finalist)
Astrid of Connecting the Dots (our 2009 winner)
and Lindsay of liliash (last year’s Best Top (Judges’ Choice) Award winner)
TOP OF THE TOPS: GROUP 1
Now without further ado, I’m happy to present our first group of spring tops! You can click on the link below the pictures to go directly to their picture, this will allow you to see more information/links as well. Peruse these beauties and then scroll down to VOTE for your favorite!
OK, IT’S TIME TO VOTE…
I’ll reveal the results on Friday, thanks so much for voting!
Voting Ends: Tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM eastern
NEXT VOTE: Starts tomorrow at 9 AM eastern
FINAL VOTE for BEST TOP: Starts Friday morning at 10 AM eastern, ends Saturday night at 10 PM eastern.
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And I’d really appreciate some help getting the word out as well, so if you have a minute to tweet it or put up a button, I’m all thanks!