Hot! The “Almost Spring” Top | Sarah Gabbart


4784106150_1b5cf0a371 Fabric: 3 yards of Floral Regent Street Lawn fabric ($9 a yard)
Pattern: Sunday Picnic Blouse (cost: free! A giveaway at work)
Year: c. 2010
Notions: None
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Absolutely

Total Cost: $27

It's almost spring. Almost. I say that because yesterday it was 30 degrees all day and today it's 70 degrees, which is a totally weird. It's like spring is desperately trying to break out of it's icy winter prison. Or it could just be that I live in a place that supports totally bizarre weather – who knows!?

In anticipation of sunnier skies I used this week's stash bustin' challenge to create a top pattern that I have had in my drawer for two whole months and use up fabric that I bought in December, but couldn't figure out what to do with. 

Sewing space
Some of my stash – see more photos here!

Sew Liberated, which is an amazing blog and a pattern company, came out with this adorable pattern last year and I just couldn't wait to try it out! It's not as easy as it looked (there are some tricky bits in the instructions and tons of pieces to cut) but after making the first one I can say that the next on will be much, much easier.

Remember last week's chambray shirt with the floral accents? This Regent Street Lawn fabric is what I used for the floral areas of that shirt. This pattern is cut on the bias for most pieces, which means there were tons of oddly shaped scraps perfect for the cuffs and collar details from last week. I sadly didn't have enough for the full dress version of this top, but thank goodness for happy accidents because this top is perfect in my wardrobe!

Detail - SB New seamstresses might be like "Slow down Sarah – what does it mean to cut something on the bias?" Good question! It means to cut the pattern pieces on the diagonal – a 45 degree angle from the selvage edges. Cutting on the bias gives the garment a stretchy, drapey quality. Threads Magazine has a nice article on the subject if you're interested!

Back to the fabric – lawn is a softer, more luxurious cotton fabric than regular quilting cotton and perfect for a top like the Sunday Picnic Blouse. It's comfortable, cute and suits the drapey aspects of this top very well!

So now I'm happy with this stash bustin' top, my big question is: will it be warm enough Sunday for a picnic? It better be – I'm ready to break this shirt in!

Do you have any fabric you're dying to work with, but it's not quite the right season? Let us know in the comments! 


Form - SB


Sarah Gabbart


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  1. I love that bow! It’s so cute. What a fun shirt.
    San Francisco’s weather has been the same way. Freezing one day, tank-top weather the next. I don’t let things like seasons get in the way of my sewing. That’s what coats and jackets are for!

  2. That’s a great top. I’m wanting to upgrade my separates from t-shirts and polo shirts and this would be a great place to start. I might have to try a few more things on the bias.
    And if summer will hang around for a little longer (and start behaving like summer)that also would be great. Cheers.

  3. This is so beautiful! Bravo!

  4. Fabulous top! I am adoring the bow detail!!! I can’t wait to sew up some summer dresses but I also must say I am definitely a cold weather sewer as I get very excited about my wools and warm dresses!

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  6. This is sooo sweet. The bow is so much fun! well done

  7. Very nice top! I’d love to make it.
    Would you consider a pattern swap? :)

  8. Cute top! Thanks for the tip on Sew Liberated, that’s a new one for me. Also, Shoes? LOVE them! Who and where? :^)

  9. Thanks guys! It just went back to 40 degrees today, so I’m just going to stare at this shirt on the dress form until it turns hot outside again – take that Mother Nature!

  10. Hey Pepper! The shoes are Dansko – they are incredibly comfortable and look so old fashioned! You can get them at zappos!

  11. Hey Sky! I think we might have a swap in the works for later in the year – I might crank a few more of these soon. Would definitely include it in a swap after then though – it’s a neat pattern to make!

  12. What are these jackets you speak of? J/K

  13. That is totally my goal too Jen! Less “uber casual” casual clothing – stuff that looks cute, fits well and is comfortable!

  14. That top is really cute but for me a dress would be even better. I love the print on the fabric too.

  15. I can’t wait to make the dress – it needs a TON of fabric though, so I’m waiting until I find something just right!

  16. Did you have any issues with the fit of the top? I made it awhile back and thought it was really strange. One side curves very nicely over my chest and the other cuts down so sharp. I notice how you’re standing in the photos hides the side I had a problem with. Did you think it’s funny or did it worked fine for you? Did you make any alterations? I want to make this again in silk, but only if it fits perfectly! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  17. great job. it looks perfect…something you can dress up or down.

  18. That top is beautiful–I love the big bow at the waist! Off to check out the pattern… it might have to be added to my collection to whip up this summer. ;)
    ♥ Casey

  19. Hey Kelly! It is a little funny – I fussed with it a bit and it seems to lay fine with the coaxing – but I did notice the sharpness of the other curve! I didn’t make any alterations to it though, just a lot of pulling and re-tying the bow!

  20. The bow makes this such a difference to the top, great job and I love the fabric!

  21. OH EM GEE! I want. Also, the chambray one from last week.

  22. …would like one of these, too!!

  23. SO. CUTE.
    Is there a web site where your challenge is to make your best friend a new outfit every week?
    Because I would totally dig that web site.
    You know. For you.

  24. Especially love the big bow! It provides a detail so romantic blouse. Also, it looks very cool with jeans and those shoes. Great!

  25. I think I’m going to try again and curve that side of the pattern to match the other. With cheap fabric first of course! :)

  26. HAHAHA! That would be awesome – Devon would fight you for a site like that for sisters!

  27. That bow is just so darling! You’re getting a great collection of separates now!

  28. Heck yes! I need more casual tops, like Jen said above, that are not just T-shirts!

  29. Very pretty, what with the big bow and all.