My favorite little three year old started preschool today. I wasn’t emotional dropping him off, instead it was a lot of fun—he is SO ready, and I am SO ready too.
We had a great time going shopping for supplies and a first day of school outfit. And picking out something cute for him made me want something cute for me too. Anyone else miss the school clothes shopping now that you’re all grown up and not going to school anymore?
So I finally got out some fabric, dusted off my sewing machine and serger and not only started but finished and photographed a sewing project! I would love to have done a complete photo tutorial for you, but this top may have changed directions about 3 or 4 times in process, a little 11 month old may have been a little less than agreeable to Mommy sewing, and finally I just needed to get this thing completed.
I used my FAVORITE shell pattern—I seriously go to this one any time I need to make a top easily without wanting to deal with self-drafting. I don’t really follow the pattern—just use it for a sizing and cutting guide. I also used it for THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS top. My fabric was bought at Joann’s a very long time ago, cut out for a project that failed, recut for another project that failed, and then cut for this one. I didn’t have enough material for the full width of the front (even without the gathering the pattern would call for), so I did a little improvising. Which didn’t work. So I improvised again.
Rather than cutting the front piece with the fold in the middle, I cut out two pieces that, together, came up a few inches not wide enough for me. I then took a long strip of the material (about 1.5x as long as the top) and gathered the fabric. That piece was then sewn to the middle edges of the front pieces.
The top was then sewn together at the shoulders and sides (with a back seam and buttoned opening at the top so it fits over my head), and the hem, neck and arm holes finished. Because this is a silky fabric that frays a TON, I serged all my seams after sewing them as well as the raw edges of the neck, hem and arm holes before sewing them.
I’m glad I took the time to finish everything so nicely (confession: if I know a top is only going to be worn under something, I might skip corners on the arm holes), because I can wear it by itself, or pair it with a fun cardigan. I felt like a cute mom taking my little guy to preschool today, which was a lot of fun.
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