As you can see, she’s outgrown the pink boots.
I made this tunic with fabric harvested from the ill-conceived “Prairie Girl Top” of Spring Top Week 2010 that I think I actually never wore. That was a particularly bad year for spring top execution, as I had a considerable amount of baby weight to lose yet, so nothing really fit, and for some I reason bit off waaay more than I could chew that year design-wise when planning out my tops (does anyone remember the Clown Top?). Not a great idea considering I had an 11-month old baby.
I remember that I fussed and fussed with that top, and even after fussing it still fit poorly. Not oh-that’s-so-nasty poorly, just unflattering enough to prevent me from wearing it. Ever. Still, I have had a terrible time parting with garments that don’t fit, especially when they’re made by me. And I liked really love this voile and the ruffle along the bottom so now it’s been upcycled into this darling little thing! Hooray for being a packrat and never throwing things away *slight sarcasm there*!! Hooray for happy endings!!
Well, maybe. I need to see if these sleeves will tighten up a little more once I throw this in the wash — often the elastic thread will shrink down even more with washing — otherwise I’m going to need to pull it out and re-sew the shirring in a different place than the old elastic casings (3 layers of fabric = too thick for shirring).
As mentioned in a previous post, this top was made with the Pierrot Tunic sewing pattern without the neckline ruffle and with elastic thread shirring around the neck and sleeves. You could do this with just about any peasant-style blouse, but just in case you’d like to make one and need a wee bit more direction than that, I’ll post some pointers for modifying Pierrot with shirring soon.
One last photo of my little diva-for-the-camera: