I have had my eye on this Maria Denmark pattern for a while. Honestly, I do not buy patterns often. I have been drafting so many patterns myself for Zoe and I that I really do have more sewing projects from those patterns alone than I know what to do with. But I have seen so many cute variations of this top, and I do not have anything with a cowl neckline in my closet.
The fabric I used came from Denver Fabrics (I never actually go to their website, but I did want to post their link). Anyways, I find the best stuff at their shop. They had a sale which was 40% off of already discounted fabric. They sell fabric by the pound too, so this lightweight gray jersey that I used came from several yards I bought from that bin. I spent $3.00 total on several yards of fabric by the pound, so with the $6.00 I spent on the pattern plus the $.50 I may have spent on this fabric, I would say this top was a pretty good bargain.
The top took under an hour for me to sew. I did not have FOE or invisible elastic as the pattern indicates, so I just made some bias knit tape using the same fabric. The longest part was just taping the pattern together-for some reason it printed up super light so I had trouble matching the corners of the pages. I think i am developing a love/hate relationship for those pdf patterns. My size was between a small and medium, so I a medium and then just planned to use a bigger seam allowance. Then I actually read the directions which said you must add your own seam allowance (blegh I am so bad about reading directions). But it all worked out since I had cut out the medium and stitched it up with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Whew!
…and a nice shot of the back. I must be looking at a bird or maybe I am just thinking about how much I hate having my picture taken! I am coming to realize that this is probably going to be the most difficult part about my having a crafty blog. I suppose I just need to embrace my awkwardness in photos. Oh and that weird thing on my back is a batman band-aid.
I absolutely love this top-it is super comfortable and appropriate for me to wear to work in the summer. Here is the other one I have made so far-I have two more cut out to make for my mom and sister (guys, if you are reading this, act surprised!)
We all went to the zoo today-which makes it our third trip since Zoe has been born, and definitely the best visit so far. Zoe was super excited to see all of the birds and kept saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to all of the animals we passed.
I have been sewing a lot of clothes for myself lately as well as clothing and toys for Zoe. But it has occurred to me that if I am ever going to start selling things on Etsy, I really need to get moving. So hopefully I will have some items to show you for my shop within the next few posts.