|Ready for our first sew along? We are really excited about it! (and nervous the pattern was giving me some trouble… but I think I fixed it) A little history first. The lovely top in the picture above is what we are going to be making for this sew-along. It is a simple top with some pin tucks to add some details. It’s one of my favorite tops because you can embellish it however you want or leave it be and it is cute comfortable and stylish for the little one, while invoking some “vintage” sewing techniques. This top came together for me when I was thinking about the designing with meaning challenge. Since I just got back from a trip to visit my mom I was able to go through all the boxes of sewing stuff she inherited from my Grandma. My Grandma was an amazing seamstress and an embellishing queen. The appliques she did were so amazing and detailed and beautiful. She sewed with a lot of heart and a lot of creativity. She passed away almost two years ago from ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease) Before she passed she gave me her Berninna Sewing machine, (my best friend) She also gave my mother her serger which in turn my mother gave me her serger, This set up and unlocked my sewing passion. You see when I got married I got a sewing machine, a cheap singer from target that was the bane of my existence. I would have been better off hand stitching everything and it made me want to never sew again. Needless to say I feel like my Grandma gave me a life saving gift. Since then I have wanted to make something as a tribute of sorts to my Grandma. Long story short the love birds top was born. The pink version was my first try at the pattern and technique and the one I made as an ode to my Grandma I will reveal at the end of the sew along. I love them both!
So I had some trouble with creating the pattern in the computer, but I think I have finally gotten it all figured out, if you would like to download and use the pattern you may it is roughly a size 24 months, as in I made it based on 24 month size top and my daughter typically wears 24 month stuff.
just click the link and then click where it says start download here.
24 months not your size? Have no fear you can easily make your own pattern…
Here is how:
|Then I followed just outside the sleeve curve to make it larger or more full.|