Welcome to my little blog, thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate it. I’m starting off the Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour. Head on over to Bebelamb’s blog to see the rest of the tour line up, here.
I love this top. It’s a pretty quick sew too. Confession time. I’m not a quick sewist. I’m quick at the actual sewing, it’s all the other things that I’m slow with. For no other reason than I putter a bit, I’m fairly slow when I iron and pin and do all the non-sewing related tasks that come along with sewing. When I say a project is a quick sew, I generally mean it is quick for other people, not for myself, because I’m aware that I putter about.
I made this top in two hours. Which, for me, is actually pretty darn quick. I was on a deadline. I only had the two hours to get it done before we needed to head an hour out of town to pick Danica up from her week long sleepover with her Grandparents. The theme for the blog tour is beachy and breezy. There’s a nice little duck lake in Wetaskiwin that I figured would be great to take pictures at. Two hours to make it, knowing full well that I putter. Mission accomplished, and we had time to take pictures before dinner.
Another confession time. I cheated a little bit when I made this one. I’ve made this pattern a few time before, which you can read about here. I knew where I could cheat a little bit this time. I made my straps first, then sewed up the front bodice all in one step, from side seam to side seam, with the straps already tucked in to place. I also decided that I wanted the skirt a little bit fuller to match the breezy, beachy feel of the blog tour. I cut the skirt portion to the correct length for the size 5T, but I left the width the width of the fabric I was using. After serging all my edges, (I’m a snip and ripper, so I serge to get rid of the fray), I threw my ruffler foot on my sewing machine and ruffled both skirt pieces. I love my ruffler foot. I set it to a 1, and turned the screw just ever so slightly past the 1, a hair’s width. When I attached the skirts to the bodices, I had extra fabric, which I just trimmed off. I like how it turned out. I might have shortened it a bit, if I’d actually had Danica at home to try it on first. She thinks it is just a short dress.
If you want, head on over to Facebook and give Bebelambs a like. You can find the Hope Floats pattern here on Etsy and here on Craftsy. There’s a 50% off sale happening on the Etsy store until Monday. I grabbed the Kinley’s and Sutton’s. Thank you Lynn, of Bebelambs, for allowing me to help test some of your patterns and having me as part of this blog tour. Oh. Don’t forget to stop by Lynn’s blog enter to win a free copy of the pattern. If the giveaway link isn’t working there, try here instead.
Want to see my latest Labri Maxi and a sneak peek of the next pattern in testing for Bebelambs? Click here.
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