Sunday, February 24, 2013

School Photos Top

Spring photos were this week.
That's right. . . spring. In February. With a dusting of snow on the ground.

I wanted to make the Bug something special to wear. But I didn't have a whole lot of time and she has very specific taste lately. 
I had a hunch this purple and pink striped fabric would be a hit with her.
I used the free pattern and tutorial for "Her Favorite Sweater" over at iCandy Handmade.
It's easy to see why it's a favorite.
Beyond the color requirement it also meets two other musts on the Bug's list. . . comfortable and can be worn with jeggings.
This knit was great because it had four way stretch which meant that I could play with the stripes, making them vertical on the waist band, neck and cuffs.

This top has Dolman style sleeves which makes it a super simple thing to sew. No sleeves to set, only one pattern piece (and a couple of rectangles to cut). You could make several of these up pretty quickly.

And there's room to grow, which I love!
Time will tell if it inspired sweet smiles like the apple dress did for her Fall School Photo.

~Lindsay

Friday, February 15, 2013

Popolok Designs Cece top pattern test

Have you heard of Popolok Designs?
I hadn't, until I got the sweetest e-mail from Alviana asking me if I'd like to test her pattern for the Cece top.
After briefly checking out her Etsy shop, blog and facebook page I knew she had a great sense of style and I fell in love with her story (and her cutie pie of a daughter/model!) so I agreed to the pattern test.

Enter one of the craziest two week spans in my entire life. . . but somehow I still managed to crank out my own little Cece Top.  I think that's at least partially a testimony to the quality of the pattern.
I wasn't super sure about sizing. The Bug is in this weird phase where she is right between a 5 and a 6. So I took her measurements (never an easy feat) and opted to sew up a size 5.  It fits her perfectly.  In hindsight, I should have made a 6 so she had room to grow but at least it fits for now!

Her favorite part is the peplum at the bottom.  Of course! It's a shirt that spins like a skirt? Consider this twirly girls mind blown!
I think it would be super cute over a pair of leggings. I sewed up a pair but in my crazy week haze, I totally sewed them together wrong and they were all crooked in the crotch. Oops. Can't have that.
This pattern was fun for me because it had a few little details that made it more exciting.
I can't remember the last time I put in an invisible zipper.  This one isn't the best, I'm rusty!, but Alviana's instructions were so clear and walked me through the process step by step.  The bodice and sleeves are also both fully lined.  This is one really nice little shirt.
My very favorite part is the contrasting Peter Pan collar with little white pom pom trim. How sweet does that look right there with that little gathered sleeve? Seriously adorable.

Thanks Alviana for the chance to test this cute pattern! It was a lot of fun.
~Lindsay



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