SPRING TOP WEEK DAY 4: Smashing Smock in Mendocino

If you’ve hung around here awhile you know that I’m a big fan of Heather Ross’ prints. Her Mendocino line is no exception. The muslin I posted about on Tuesday was a test run for this top, another Smashing Smock (pattern: Anna Maria Horner’s Seams to Me). This time, though, I made the top backwards, with the yoke pieces made out of a tiny dotted print by Lecien (I don’t think this is available anymore) and the bottom the aqua mermaid print by Heather Ross:

I trimmed it with white piping, which I curved around the corners. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: piping makes everything look better!

Smashing Smock works again for the baby belly!

Serger tidbit: One thing I’ve been doing with all my tops this week which is a huge time-saver is using my (still pretty new) serger to finish the hems with a rolled edge. It goes extremely fast, doesn’t require extra fabric allowance at the bottom for hemming, and reduces the bulk. I know many of you still have The Serger Fear, but once you try it, you never go back!

19 thoughts on “SPRING TOP WEEK DAY 4: Smashing Smock in Mendocino

  1. a most lovely tweak 🙂 I have a few smashing smocks getting quite tight around the mid section
    xoxo, Anna

  2. I love that top. Wish I was more in love with my upper arms, though!

    Sergers–I have one I am not happy with. I've been thinking of going and buying a good one from a shop where they offer support & lessons, since I know a serger can really take your sewing to the next level. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. very clever idea w/ the yoke!

    i agree about the serger. . . once you have one you can never go back!

    have you used the gathering foot on your serger yet? (i think you said you bought that brother one i suggested, right?) it doesn’t gather tightly and how does it know how tight i need it??? i need to try the rolled hem too. i’m lazy. doesn’t it require unthreading and rethreading w/ 3 threads?

  4. I got over my serger fear when I discovered the rolled hem! Now i use it on everything!

  5. This is soooo cute! And as a added bonus you used my favorite fabric line 🙂

  6. Rae, I’ve been bad at commenting (as usual) but I wanted to stop by today while the kids are napping to say I’ve so enjoyed your Spring Tops series! You are amazing being able to cut, adapt and sew so many tops in such a short time! This one, with the slit in the neckline is my favorite! I love that slit! I also think it’s wonderful how you are featuring other people’s work directly on your site – it’s a lot more work for you but it is so nice for us readers to be able to see everything here! I love your blog!

  7. I think you’ve made a believer out of me about the piping. This top is too cute and is great on you!

  8. I love this one. I just got the book from the library… looks like I’m going to have to get my own copy.
    This top looks great. I have the print in a different colorway… I might just copy yours. =)

  9. Oh my goodness! This little top is seriously cute. Your piping on the neckline is so pretty! Lovey it!!!

  10. Rae, did you modify the armholes or did you just make it the same and wear it backwards? I was wondering.

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