Indiesew Summer Collection // Handmade Fashion

Hi guys! Despite my lack of blogging, I have been creating behind the scenes … sample sewing, catch up projects AND thanks to Indiesew, adding to my handmade wardrobe.

When Allie reached out and asked if I’d like to be a part of the Indiesew Summer Collection blog tour I was just coming out of the initial shock of finding out after more than 10 years of waiting, we were expecting our second child. My changing body was at the front of my mind as I picked patterns that I *hoped* would work for me and my summer of maternity wear.


I picked 3 “maternity friendly” patterns c/o Indiesew as being a part of the blog tour::
Ella Top / Poolside Tote / Harem Pants


I’ll be sharing my modified version of the Ella top today::


I was inspired by two things when I set out to create my Ella top.
The first was a tank I had recently seen on I loved the layered look and immediately thought I could make this look work with the Ella pattern.
The second was the combination of the Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen + London Calling Voile. I had recently put these two fabrics together on a sample for quilt market and couldn’t get enough.



Size: S
Fabric – Essex Yarn Dyed in Steel + London Calling 5 in Dawn (both by Robert Kaufman)


  • I cut the voile (London Calling) according to the original pattern with the following *small* changes::
    • I added 1″ to the hem (both front & back) and added 1″ to raise the neckline (front only).


  • For the linen (Essex) outer layer I made several modifications::
    • I created a raised opposing curve hemline on the front by reducing the hem by 4.5″ (at the center point) and curving out to 1″ above the original side hemline.
    • I also raised the neckline (front only) 1″.
    • I changed the back to a straight hem and reduced the hem line to match (at the sides) the modified front hemline.
    • Cut the exterior back (of linen piece only) on the center line. Fold raw center edge 1/4″ (WST) and another 1″ (WST). DO NOT stitch. Open up the folds you just created and place the (2) exterior pieces (RST) matching the fold lines. Stitch vertically 2.5″ down from top of back piece, following your second fold line (the one that is 1 1/4″ from raw center edge). Refold. Top stitch just shy of 1″ from center edge catching the folded hem on the underside.
    • Hem bottom of linen pieces. I used this tutorial to create a baby hem.
    • I created a back accent with very small piping attached between the top back and back yoke.
    • Baste linen + voile layers together along tops and sides on front and back pieces (I basted the back together AFTER I had attached the back yoke to both the linen and voile layers).
    • Top-stitch above piping accent securing linen layer to voile layer


  • Finish per pattern instructions treating the basted layers as a single layer.
  • Voile layer was also hemmed with a baby hem.


The finished look I was going for was perfection … on the hanger.
Unfortunately, because of the contrast in fabric weights, the top didn’t hang/flow in quite the same way when worn.
However, I still really like it and I think with two layers of voile, it would indeed be perfection both on and off the hanger.

Ella-Top-Knitty-Bitties-Indiesew-Summer-15 Outfit Details: Ella top {handmade} / Cargo pants {GAP Outlet} / Necklace {Wifey Singer} / Shoes {Saltwater Sandals}

If you haven’t been following along, here are the other stops on the blog tour.
Go be inspired!

Blog Tour Schedule HMTL:

Linking up with: WIWW {The Pleated Poppy}


  1. adorable, and I like reading about the tailoring details. Nice blog, excited to see you are a fellow Idaho gal.I checked out your facebook, and etsy as well. go girl!

  2. Beautiful top ! I love the details you added.

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