Spring Top Wrapup

Well, folks, Spring Top Sewalong 2014 has come to an end. Didn’t we have fun, though? Let’s take one more little dip into the Flickr Spring Top Sewalong 2014 Pool:

Sarah blogged about her self-drafted top here.

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Ashleigh’s adorable hoodie has probably been a go-to during this cool spring.

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Bubalo Jo’s modified Tova.

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Meg’s Lisette Attache looks like the ideal white blouse to me!

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I love Nicole’s Summer Concert Tee.

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Jessie’s Riding Peplum is perfect and springy with skinny jeans. And those boots!

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Emily’s modified Sorbetto tank.

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You can still learn about Spring Top Sewalong here; and check out the last month’s worth of your photos in the Flickr Pool and on Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong.

Thanks for participating! I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have!

More of your spring tops!

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Only four days left of the Spring Top Sewalong! Thought I’d give you a sampling of some of my favorites from the Flickr Pool.

Here’s Jo’s Hi-Lo Top in such a pretty rosy print:

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Michelle of Handmade Martini upcycled an old shirt for this self-drafted this tank and blogged about it here.

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Jessi made a bunch of Lane Raglan tops; I’m diggin’ this sweatshirt one!

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Natalie blogged about her peplum top here,

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Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; add your photos to Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong and/or add your photos to the Flickr Pool to play along!

Ruby Pattern Giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced soon!

How about another round of Giveaways? As we wrap up Spring Top Sewalong, here’s some pattern excitement to keep your energy up.

Today I’m giving away one copy each of four of my women’s sewing patterns (see below for links to the other three)!

For your chance to win a copy of the Ruby Dress & Top sewing pattern PDF, leave one comment on this post telling us what fabric you’d like to use for your Ruby. Get creative!

You may leave one comment on each of the giveaway posts; you don’t have to choose just one pattern!

Enter to win a Washi Dress pattern here
Enter to win a Washi Expansion Pack pattern here
Enter to win a Josephine Tunic & Blouse pattern here

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is in its final week! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool.

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 12 noon EST (Thursday, May 8, 2014). One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Ruby Dress & Top sewing pattern from Made By Rae as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

Final Week of Spring Top Sewalong

This is the last and final week of the Spring Top Sewalong! Do you have plans to make something for the sewalong but just haven’t gotten to it yet? Or have you been a machine this year (I know some of you have been — and I’m super impressed!)? As an Expert Procrastinator myself, I know there are some of you out there who intended to sew along this year but thought, “eh! I’ve got plenty of time!!” Well, if that’s you, it’s time to light a fire under yer arse, because this is the last week! As an added bonus, you can sport your new spring tops for Me Made May 2014, which is a great way to show off your handmade creations. If you need some inspiration, check out these lovely creations from the Spring Top Sewalong photo pool (or the #springtopsewalong tag on Instagram):

Personally I am going to be happy if I get just ONE top sewn by the end of this sewalong — I had one failed attempt last week but maybe I’ll get back on the spring-top-sewing horse this week if Hugo takes a long nap *crosses fingers and toes*!

Happy Sewing! And PS..this week I’ll be giving away one of each of my women’s sewing patterns, so don’t miss it — stay tuned!!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; add your photos to Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong and/or add your photos to the Flickr Pool to play along!

Your spring tops!

Here are a few of my favorites from the Spring Top Sewalong to inspire you today…

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Love the mushroom knit from monaluna that Sibyl used for this Nutmeg top! (blogged here)

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This gorgeous jersey knit Wiksten has a beautiful yoke detail (blogged here)

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this adorable Scout Tee variation from stitch&cappuccino

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Hungie Gungie’s gorgeous Ruby Top (blogged here); I love the simple colors she chose!

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Brooke’s beautiful Sugar Pop Top (blogged here), perfect for spring!

Also: Loving Larissa’s self-drafted pattern, from a Japanese children’s pattern: blogged here, and Teri’s awesome swingy Plantain Top, blogged here. This is the second top she’s made with that cool anchor knit, and check out Teri’s blog for even more amazing tops!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; add your photos to Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong and/or add your photos to the Flickr Pool to play along!

Ruby Sparkles

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Well, Summer arrived the other day. And my hair said, “We’re thinking big.” I should have prepared myself, because when I posted this photo on IG, my hairdresser later texted me, “Wow Nice texture! I’m sure that will be a lot of fun throughout the humid season.” I’m strategically not letting you see the right-hand side of my head in these photos, because it has a different hairdo.

Whoops, I didn’t hijack Rae’s blog to talk about my hair though; I actually wanted to do some show and tell from my own Spring Top Sewing. I just finished my favorite Ruby to date, and I thought I’d share the mods I made.

I cut out the fabric for the top and didn’t change the length at all. You can hardly tell, but I put an elastic in the hem. I sewed the hem exactly as indicated in the pattern, but left a 1″ opening to thread a 1/4″ elastic through the entire hem. I held it in place with a safety pin to try it on, then sewed the elastic ends together before finishing off the hem. I have a couple of store-bought tops that have the really loose elastic in the hem, and I like how it gives the top a little bit more shape on me.

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Instead of sewing gathers in the back, I made a box pleat.

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I followed Rae’s yoke lining video tutorials, and used bias binding for the exposed portion of the armholes.

Instead of turning the bias binding to the outside of the garment like Rae did here, I sewed the bias tape to the outside of the armhole, then folded it all the way in before topstitching (Rae did that on this version).

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Finally, a word about the fabric. For the yoke, I used Kaffe Fasset Shot Cottons (colorway lipstick for the outer, and apricot for the lining). The main fabric for the top is a score from the covered Bazaar in Istanbul. There is some really gaudy stuff there, let me tell you. This print is less visually stimulating than a lot of what I saw there, believe it or not. It’s a simple black background with fuchsia, peach, and pink fireworks, upon which gold and pink roses have been superimposed. Then they glued on some sequin-like sparkles for good measure. Honestly, I don’t usually wear much in the way of shiny/sparkly, but I think the solid yoke contrast helps calm things down a bit, and this top is crazy comfy. I think I’ll be wearing this a lot!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

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Let the Spring Top Roundups Begin!

It is **about time** we showed off some of the awesome tops you’re all making. Holy smokes, is the Spring Top Sewalong Flickr Pool ever full of good stuff, people! Thanks for taking the time to put your photos in there. It’s fun to see what patterns are trending, what fabrics everyone is loving, and how each sewist adds her own flair to different designs.

Here’s just a little slice of what we’re loving these days. Where applicable, the links below the photos will take you directly to each person’s blog post. From there, you’ll get more info about the pattern and in a lot of cases you’ll get to see more photos too!
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Above, Left to Right: Teri’s Josephine/Washi XP Mashup; Jess’s reverse appliqueBree’s JosephineTina’s wrap top.

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Above, Left to Right: Lecsmiscellany’s LaurelSusanna’s Easy Cap Sleeve TeeCindy’s striped knit topEirenep’s Scout.

Melanie’s hand-embroidered Portrait Blouse gets a close-up here. Isn’t it lovely??
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Above, Left to Right: Jessica’s Ava; Heidi’s Zippy Top; Brooke’s Weekend Getaway; Polkadotelefant’s Kimono Top.

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Above, Left to Right: Tammy’s Staple BlouseEricka’s Boxy Tee; Maria’s Flower Petal Top; Kuka & Bubu’s Sheer Yoke Shirt.

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

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Liesl + Co Patterns Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced soon!

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We’re going to wrap up the giveaways with three patterns by Liesl Gibson! Liesl has stolen all our hearts with her oliver + s patterns, and last year she started releasing patterns for grownups under her new line, liesl + co. Today she’s offered up three patterns: one for each of three lucky commenters on this blog post! Just released last week, the Metro T-Shirt is sure to be a staple (also available in sizes for the whole family!). The Weekend Getaway Blouse & Dress, and the newly updated Cappuccino Dress & Tunic patterns are also up for grabs.

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You can see what folks have been sewing with Liesl’s patterns in the liesl + co flickr pool. Here are some of my faves:

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Above, top left: Sanae made a gorgeous pair of Weekend Getaways and blogged about them.
top right: nightknitter on Flickr made a lovely Cappuccino Tunic.
bottom: Meagan didn’t waste any time making a Metro T, and blogged about her cropped version here.

Thanks for the patterns, Liesl!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 10 PM EST (Wednesday, April 23). Three winners will be randomly selected, randomly assigned a pattern, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of one of the patterns listed above as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

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Trifecta Top Pattern Giveaway from Kitschy Coo

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There’s another pattern up for grabs, folks! I know I sound a teensy bit like a broken record with all these giveaways, but I don’t hear anyone complaining, so on with the show!  It’s fun watching the Flickr Pool fill up, and we’ll be posting some roundups soon.

So pleased to tell you about Kitschy Coo’s brand new pattern, the Trifecta Top. Amanda is giving away one PDF copy of this fun and versatile pattern!
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Here’s a great variety of versions sewn up by Amanda’s testers:

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And Katie of Kadiddlehopper shared hers here:

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Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 10 PM EST (Tuesday, April 22). One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Trifecta Top pattern from Kitschy Coo as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

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