Saturday, August 11, 2012

Long awaited

Yay! I have finally had to chance to photograph and blog my fabric creation that I had teased you with long ago. I actually finished it during the start of the Olympics, but with daily swimming lessons and Florida thunderstorms, I finally have the weekend and sunshine on my side.

These are the fabics that I used. The main bodice is from Heather Bailey's Freshcut collection, Groovy in Olive. The contrast fabric is from Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden collection, Vintage Ironwork in Leaf. These fabrics are sooooo yummy!!!!!

The pattern that I used is McCalls M6313. I used it to create two other tops for my daughter, one which was picked up for my first publication for Simply Handmade, Sewing. It will soon be in print for the Sept/Oct issue. Can you tell that I am on pins and needles with excitment. Since I had to send it away, I just had to create another one for my daughter to wear.

Here is a picture from the pattern.

This pattern actually calls for 3 different fabrics, but since I was only able to find 2 coordinating fabrics, it still works well. I encourage any of you who may be contemplating sewing to try this pattern out. It is rather simple since there is a lot of matching of raw edges. It does require 7 casings for elastic in the back bodice and making 2 buttonholes, but that is where the "difficulty" ends. It is a shame that I did not photograph the steps that I took in making this to encourage you to try it, but maybe I will remember for my next sewing project. Here are some photos of my precious, almost 5 year old wearing her new, fun top. I can't believe she starts Kindergarten in 2 days!

Here are some of the details:

The front bodice

The back bodice, including 7 rows of casing

The hem

I also thought I would share a few other photos from our "session". Some of these were taken in the morning and others in the evening. We know how cooperative kids can be.

This is what she did most of the time. If you look closely you can see the asphalt pebble diamond between her fingers.

And any photo session with my daughter would not be complete without a fake laugh.
Thanks for looking! Stay tuned to the blog. Tomorrow is the DeNami blog hop. Can't wait for you to join in the fun!


  1. Wow, now those are some awesome creations and the girls are darling!

  2. This is so adorable! Your daughter is a doll! I'm amazed at your sewing skills!

  3. How pretty! And your daughter is an absolute gem :)

  4. Deb how cute! Oh how I wish I could sew. Trust me, I've tried and it's just not for me...haha. And your model is adorable!

  5. Deb how cute! Oh how I wish I could sew. Trust me, I've tried and it's just not for me...haha. And your model is adorable!

  6. fantastic job, this is what attracted me to your blog in the first place, your diverse talents!

  7. You are talented beyond words - what a beautiful top! And your big girl is so cheeky with some of her poses, and of course beautiful like her mama. Great job!

  8. Oh, this is so fabulous, Deb! You did a wonderful job! And your daughter is so beautiful!

  9. wow, you are so talented. Your daughter is so cute.

  10. Utterly speechless right now. Wow....I cannot believe (but I also can since you're so talented) that you made this! This looks like something you would buy in a high end children's boutique, Deb! I am now eagerly awaiting to see what beautiful creation you sew next! :)

  11. Gorgeous dress and little girl!!

  12. Love your card with the chevrons. Your daughter is the cutest and your sewing skills are just amazing Deb. beautiful dress!!

  13. Deb, this little top is sew darn cute! You're right -- the colors are absolutely yummy (way cuter than the ones on the pattern!! :) You did great! :)

  14. Can my niece get any stinkin' cuter working the camera?

    I just the love fabrics you chose for this pattern. Just perfect. I need to wipe the dust off my own sewing machine and get busy...summer is practically gone, and my pile of fabric is NOT. lol.

    Can't wait to see you this weekend.


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