Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Spring Sewing

i probably haven't used my sewing machine since last spring, except for a little bit of mending. i got inspired by all the sewing that orata has been doing. she linked to a tutorial for a ruffle top at sew, mama, sew. i thought it was adorable and decided to try it myself.
Spring Ruffle Top
i used joel dewberry fabric for the contrast straps and a freespirit fabric that i picked up at a quilt shop last august for the main fabric. i left off the pockets, shortened the top by one inch, and added the optional waist shaping (though i did it in just one step when i sewed the side seams). i rearranged the order of some steps, mostly so that i wouldn't have to change thread colors as frequently.
Spring Ruffle Top
i think it's really cute, if a little billowy. if i were to sew it again, i'd take it in at the waist a little more.
Modified Spring Ruffle Top
i made a modified version with some sheer navy blue cotton i bought at joanns last year-ish.

for this one, i only cut out the body pieces. i made spaghetti straps from the navy fabric. i gathered the front and back instead of pleats and finished the bodice with double fold bias tape. i did add in extra waist shaping (1.5" on each side). i decided that the top was a little boring, so i cut 4 inches off the bottom and added a ruffled hem. after sewing the ruffle, i started to think the ruffle was a mistake. the top is very maternity. it looks a lot better with a fitted jacket over it, which is why i'm not showing it without one.

i have a lot of summer sewing ideas in mind, so i'm looking forward to using my machine more. for some reason i'm never excited about sewing fall or winter clothes. i guess it's kind of like how i don't really enjoy knitting summer clothes.

thanks to everyone who commented on Red Delicious. it was a fun pattern to design, and i hope that people enjoy it!


  1. Seriously cute! I especially dig that top one!

    I've started trying a few little things on my sewing machine and serger. I'm trying really, really hard to like it, but I have a feeling it may not be the craft for me.

  2. oh wow, sweet--both of these are so cute! What did you do for the waist shaping--just curved it in at the waist area and then back out for the hips? I love the navy ruffle one, but I can see how it could be maternityish without the jacket on top.

  3. Very cool! What's up with spring being such a great sewing season? I haul out the machine more and more every time this year...



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