3 days late and $6 short …

… to participate in Made by Rae‘s “Spring Top Week 2010.”

But who cares (okay, I might care a little … there is a really sweet prize package for the winner) … I have my first top of 2010! And I *think* I might just wear it more than once.

And … and … and … I made it in a day (pretty much) and it only cost me $6!

The newest issue of my favorite sewing magazine, Stitch, had the cutest t-shirt ruffle top (and better yet? It’s a free download on their site, just click the link) that I was excited to make … just as soon as I finished up all the sewing for my Spring Boutique/Open House.

Well that was done Saturday afternoon.

So, yesterday I spent about a half hour reading, printing and cutting the pattern.

Today I spent about 3 hours taping the pattern, cutting the pieces and sewing the top.

I think it could be done quicker, but I’ve never sewn with jersey (t-shirt) knit so I was taking it slow AND a new pattern always takes longer the first try. I will say I love working with knit material and I think this pattern has real potential to be a great base for several new tops.

I made a size small, but when I tried it on it was a way to ‘flow-y’ (read ‘maternity-ish‘) for my liking so I took in both side seams by 1 inch. Of course I tried the top on AFTER I’d hemmed the bottom (hello foggy cold/allergy head) which means I had to rip that out to fix the sides.

Then I wanted to add a little something to the lace area to slightly detract from the revealing aspect. Of course all it will reveal is a well loved bra strap … but again, do I want people staring at that?!?! No way … so I tried my hand at the wildly popular stitched flower. Call me a conformist, but I love it!

I know, a picture ON ME would be much more helpful in getting a feel for what this really looks like, but today was not a day for pictures of ME.

You can’t vote for me, but go vote on the finalists this week … just click on the sidebar link.

Happy Creating!

P.S. Both the green jersey knit and the lace were lucky finds at JoAnns. Both red tagged and another 50% off of that. Whoohoo!


  1. It turned out so cute! I love that you added the flower.

  2. LOVE it! I might need one…

  3. Me too! Me too!! I love it!!! I’ll be by tomorrow to pick mine up. Thanks! :)

  4. This turned out great! The flower is a great touch! Too bad that you didn’t make it for the contest, but I’m glad you still put your picture up, because I think I might have to try one of these shirts :)

  5. I would have voted for you :)

  6. It’s gorgeous! I love the colour too.

    Did you use an overlocker or a sewing machine to sew with the jersey?

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  8. This is very nice. It’s just my style. I love the ruffle across the front. Plus looking at the flower up close, I think I can do that, I never have tried flowers but I think yours is very cute.

  9. I sewed one of my spring tops out of that same green jersey from Joann and you are a better person than me because I hated sewing with it. The grain seemed all wonky. Your top looks fabulous!

  10. That’s really cute. I’d definitely wear it. I love the green and the lace and flower is so pretty.

  11. I really love it. That green is great and I do believe I have that same fabric in my stash.

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they’ve made to be worn. Stop by if you’d like!

  12. I love the lace you put on there. That is really fantastic.

  13. So pretty. I just finished making mine tonight, and I thought it ran a little big, too. I was debating about whether to brave taking in the sides or not – maybe I will go ahead and do it after all. :)

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