Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Ruffled Polka-Dotted Top

dressin up week

If you’re just joining me for Dressin’ Up Week, I showed you a shirt on Friday and a dress on Saturday. For today, I made another shirt. And I gotta be honest here: I love this shirt.

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I think I’m going to want to wear it every day.


I fashioned it after this top that I bought a while back. I loved the sheer, ruffled neckline, stretchy waist banded, flowy, sheer, black and white goodness of it. But then, the last time I washed it, all the elastic thread in the waist band started coming out and it’s now worthless to wear. So sad.

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I bought this silky white with black pin dots fabric at Joann’s a while back with a coupon. I didn’t really have a plan for it except a top. After buying a few other supplies for this top, it probably cost $10 or less.

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I think this top is now the piece of clothing I’m most proud of having made myself. It definitely took more attention to detail and careful crafting. The ruffles, arm holes and waistline (not shown. I like the way it looks tucked in better) are trimmed in black bias tape. Top stitching took it from nice to had to squeal inside my head with delight (Jace was sleeping and keeping him that way was worth more than expressing my absolute joy).

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The back is just all one panel with the thin collar that wraps around from the front.

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I took pictures along the way to be able to make a full tutorial. If you’d like to know how to make this, let me know and I’ll post one. It’s just more intensive than my usual tops and being able to lay out the shirt it was fashioned after helped me with sizing. But I’m sure a somewhat experienced seamstress could easily make sense of a tutorial.

*****UPDATE: I have created a tutorial for this top! You can see it HERE*****

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget about tomorrow's Make it by Monday challenge where our theme is RED.

Parties I’ll be linking up with:


  1. I would love it if you could show a tutorial for your beautiful polka-dot top. It looks so pretty and very well made? I bought something similar many years and wore it to death.

  2. Wow! Can't wait for the tutorial! This is SUCH a cute top.

  3. I love it and would LOVE a tutorial please!

  4. This is fantastic! You look gorgeous :) I'd love a tutorial if you're up for it.

  5. Awesome! I so love this shirt! Love for you to come link up to my Rock your Runway
    party every Wednesday!

  6. That is really cute, you should be proud.

  7. oh my-- LOVE-- would love to see a tutorial. beautiful work!


  8. Love this top on you!!! You are going to have quite the wardrobe soon!! :)

  9. So pretty!! Great job, Jill. I'd read a tutorial on this cute top.

  10. I love the top! It really doesn't look hand made! Please do a tutorial :) I like the whole outfit, I'm just doing my first jumper to cardigan refashion, but one day I'd love to be able to make my own clothes.

  11. Wow, how impressive!! That took some real sewing skill, which I freely admit, I do not have :).

    Just followed you here from Real Momma, Real Style.


  12. that top is too cute and i LOVE your hair in both photos!

  13. Love your top, so pretty and feminine!

  14. WOw that is amazing. I don't blame you for being SUPER proud of this top, its fabulous. You look lovely in it, and the ruffles are just perfect. I'm not usually crazy about ruffles FOR ME, but I would so love this top. Totally do a tutorial I'd love that!!!

    Have a great night girl!!

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  15. I'm a new follower from Momma Go Round! I love this top and would love a tutorial. It's beautiful!!!

    Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life

  16. please please post a tutorial i love you ideas

    serena from

  17. I think it goes without saying that YES, we'd like a tutorial, please! That top is gorgeous! Love all those ruffles!

  18. what a great top, you did an amazing job.

  19. That is such a cute top! I would love to see a tutorial for it!

  20. Love this one too! are so very talented!


  21. Adorable! Tutorial? YES...please!

  22. Love this top. In fact, I must confess that I love anything that can be dressed up and then dressed down or vice versa. This blouse truly goes from daytime to evening without even missing a beat.

  23. This is so cool! I really like it. I am trying to figure out where to wear it:) But, alas I keep envisioning it with peanut butter kisses.
    We are hosting a Make for Mom linky party this month, and I would be thrilled if you would link this and the rest of your sewing for you projects-over at this link
    with love,


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