Summer tops …

… the obsession continues.

I’m going to blame this new found love of “summer blouses” on Rae. She inspired me with her week of summer tops and then had to rub it in with a follow up week.

I have now made four tops (or blouses … I never know what to call them) and have the material and patterns for at least two more.

So I was thumbing through the Garnet Hill catalog I received a few weeks ago and as I looked at the pages I started to think, “I could make that and that and …” And so the dog-earing began. One top in particular that stood out as both cute and doable was this one:

So the next time I hit JoAnn’s I grabbed some teal/aqua (sounds awful I know) linen to give it a try. But before I could make it up myself, I hit a huge pattern sale at Hancock’s and found Butterick B5217 “Fast & Easy.” And thus the bubble blouse was born:

(Please forgive the self portraits … I’m a terrible model :( )

I ended up taking in the sides A LOT as it looked way more voluminous and “maternity-ish” than I wanted. I still wasn’t totally happy with the way it looked so I decided to make it a bubble blouse by adding elastic to the hem to fit my hips. I liked it enough I wore it to church on Sunday and I have plans to make another with the modifications I learned as well as trying a few more to make it slightly more tailored.

On that same trip to Hancock’s I grabbed a few more patterns and some grey/white cotton to try out another top. I decided to try it out on another Butterick Fast & Easy (I’m all about fast and easy … LOL) Pattern B4685. I think that in the end the cotton was a little stiff for this blouse, but I do think the pattern has potential. I also agree with several reviewers of this pattern that it needs lengthened (the pattern cover picture is deceiving). And while I don’t have great plans for this shirt, I do plan to make another from the pattern.

Later I googled the pattern and came across someone’s blog where they suggested that they could use this pattern to make a blouse more similar to this photo (I’m not sure what clothing catalog it was from). I had to save the picture because I agree, the top would be adorable for fall.

I should be back in the next day or two with a fun new tote for sale.

Happy Day!


  1. Those turned out very nice! My sewing machine is sitting out but it’s taking a break from curtains & pillows before it starts on a chair recover. So shirts and fun stuff will have to wait for the practical to be finished.

  2. Hey look at you!!! Those are really cute! They look great on you. I do agree the second one would look nice as a tunic-ey thing too. Great job!!!

  3. Oh my goodness-you’ve done it again…SO cute! For my b-day I L.O.V.E. the 1st one (white w/ a little red) & the last one. Either one of those are super, super cute!!

    Happy 4th of July!

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