Sugar Pop Top

I finally got a top made during the Spring Top Sewalong! And this is a good one! I got to pattern test a new top pattern for Sew Caroline this week called the Sugar Top Pop. Isn’t that a fun name? I have been hoarding this Koi fabric for a while just waiting for the perfect top and the peter pan collar won me over!

sugar pop top

I really like this new top. It has quite a few fun features: a subtle hi-lo hem, a flutter or cap sleeve option, and the peter pan collar. While I am having fun collecting apparel-weight fabrics, I liked that this top looks good made in a quilting cotton. It is also pretty awesome that the fabric happens to match my turquoise pants.sugar pop top

I made the size L based on my bust measurements but then graded down to a medium at the bottom to fit my hip measurements. I used the cap sleeve option but added a little bit of a gather for a pretty effect and to make it easier on myself to set the sleeve in. I love how the sleeve and neckline are finished with bias tape- making such a clean finish! I wore this top out to church the same evening I finished making it, and I got so many compliments on it. It really was quite fun. And I may or may not have worn it again today so I’m thinking I should probably make myself another one! It’s a great top for summer because it’s a breezy style and you don’t have to wear a tank under it.

sugar pop top

I have it on good authority that this pattern should be releasing next week sometime, so you will have time to get it and make yourself one before spring top sewalong is over! It is definitely one that I would recommend you add to your repertoire. Caroline does a great job with her pattern! I’m already plotting out which fabric I want for my next one (or two 🙂 ).

sugar pop top

Spring Top Sewalong: Maternity Tee

We interrupt the parade of pants to show off the 32.5 week pregnant belly. 🙂 Rae has been hosting a spring top sewalong the past few weeks. Btw notice a lot of activity over there with Rae, huh? How does she keep up with it all? 🙂 She hosts this spring top challenge every year, and I really enjoy it as it gives me a chance to do some selfish sewing. I also love all the inspiration I get from other ladies as I peruse the flickr group. I have been wanting to try to make a few maternity tees and picked up some knit fabric at Hobby Lobby in order to make some practice tees. I actually really like the knits that I found- the jersey is super soft and fairly thick. However, I will see how they wash and wear before I make a final decision on their quality.

Maternity Tee- Spring Top Sewalong

I completely winged this tee. I got a basic idea of the size that I needed from one of my maternity tees and then cut out two rectangles of the gray knit. I tried to copy my store-bought tee as far as the sleeve and neck placements. I used some 1/4″ elastic in the seam to add the side ruching.

Spring Top- Gray Maternity Tee

I am pretty proud of the chevron pocket. I knew the gray fabric would be too boring by itself so I had the idea to add the blue knit for the pocket and bias bindings. The chevron design just kind of came into being as I was playing around with the pocket. I definitely think it adds a cool touch to the tee.

Spring Top- Gray Maternity Tee

The only big mistake that I have to confess on this tee is that I sewed the sleeves in the wrong way which ended up with a huge flutter sleeve- not the look I was going for. Because I’m too lazy to seam rip and redo anything, I pinched up the excess fabric and created a seam down the top of the sleeve to make the it smaller. They could stand to be a bit smaller but I don’t think they are too bad.

Spring Top- Gray Maternity Tee

This is my first experience sewing with knits for myself. I have had a little practice making a few raglan tees for Oliver but not much else. I know that my final result is not perfect but I am fairly happy with the finished result and didn’t experience all the horror of knit sewing that I was anticipating. I did leave the hem raw-edged because it rolls up so nicely and no  one will  notice that it doesn’t have a hem. That made the finishing of this shirt pretty easy. I am excited that an idea in my head actually came into fruition with good success! That’s what I love about sewing- the ability to take pieces of cloth, cut, and sew them together to create a finished piece…sometimes it kinda feels like magic. 🙂 Hopefully going to try out another tee this week and crossing my fingers to have luck again! It’s nice to have some new shirts to spruce up the tired maternity wardrobe. Also major props to the hubby for having mad photo skills and taking fairly decent shots of me… kinda hard to do when you are this preggers!

My photo shoot buddy giving his little brother a kiss...so sweet!

My photo shoot buddy giving his little brother a kiss…so sweet!

Spring Top Sewalong and Project Updates

First off, there’s not been much to show for this week. I got into two more local shops, (yay!) and have been super busy stocking them with goodies. While it’s been lots of fun creating new things and dropping them off at the stores, I am happy to have that done so I can take a break from shop sewing and get busy on my own projects. I am excited to see how these two stores work out for me. I am selling on a consignment basis so it’s a nice relief from pressure since I don’t have to pay any rent or whatnot upfront. For those interested parties, the two stores are UrbanDigs and The Natural Baby Store. I love both of these stores and am so happy they have agreed to partner with me! Now to sit back and let the sales roll in… (too optimistic? :)) Here’s some photos from the UrbanDigs Instagram account- love the displays she has created for me!

The next projects on my list are the two quilts to be quilted. Did I say I would finish those this week? Oops. Well I did get the back finished on the one, so now they are both completely ready to go except for basting. Unfortunately the hubs has been working late (tax season) and hasn’t had a chance to baste for me yet, but that is on the to-do list for this weekend. I’m thankful it’s going to be a nice one because we need to do the spray basting outside on our back patio. Those two projects are first on my list for next week! Now I have to finish them because I will be embarrassed to report back to you that I have procrastinated on them yet again. 🙂

And now we come to the fun part- Spring Top Sewalong 2013. I am so excited about this year’s event because I have been wanting to sew myself some maternity tops and now I have a push to do so. I know I only have a few weeks left (9 to be exact), but I’ve grown out of a lot of my current tees and could use a few more to get me through the last stretch. The challenge runs from April 1-19, giving me some time to work out my ideas. I’m thinking of using a few of my favorite maternity tops as patterns for my own tops. We shall see…hopefully this isn’t a complete bust. 🙂 I hope some of you will participate along with me. It is so fun to be working along with fellow sewists on similar projects. I just love perusing the flickr group for inspiration! Check out Rae’s post for more nitty, gritty details.