The “Almost Spring” Top | Sarah Gabbart
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
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.
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!
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!