Hot! The “Pink Attack!” Shirt | Sarah Gabbart

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The Facts 

Fabric: 2 yards of melon-colored bamboo knit from (~$9 a yard; they don't have my color any more, but this is close!)
Pattern: Tessuti Fave Top – free from the internets!
Year: c. 2010
Notions: None
Time to complete: about 45 minutes
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes – a thousand times yes!!

Total Cost: ~$18

Awww yeeaaah – we're making pink stuff! I love this color and especially love that we're taking on this challenge so close to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), where pink is the battle flag against an illness that takes the lives of so many each year. I am lucky – I have never lost anyone close to me to this disease, but I have recently had my own run in with breast cancer: my doctor found a lump during my last well-woman exam. Scared the heck out of me folks! After a mammogram and an ultrasound, I found out it was a false alarm (yay!), but this experience drove home just how important getting yearly check ups and examining yourself are. These exams are the first line of defense when it comes to successful diagnosis and treatment – they could save your life! 

Ok enough about boobs – on to the top!

After digging through my closet one night it dawned on me: I don't have enough basics in my wardrobe! I have a lot of work-type clothes, jeans and t-shirts, but not enough nice casual stuff that's comfortable and stylish. I must make something basic this week that is equally passable for after work drinks or visits to the in-laws, but also do just fine for walking the dog. 

TexTex loves walks!

The first step: find a fabric that is pink but not tooooooooooo pink. I want to be bright, not babyish in my pink choice and thankfully, I had some melon-colored bamboo knit already in my stash! Score! But what to make out of it? A dress? Nope. Won't wear it that often. A skirt? No. The Tessuti Fave Top, which I have made before and would wear daily if I thought I can get away with it? Bingo.

The top, as you can see, is mega simple, but also pretty cool. It has a drapey cut and would look awesome with jeans or tucked in to a skirt. It takes less than one hour to complete this top, from cutting to completion – even when your serger is on the fritz and you have to use the stretch stitch on your machine and go back to zig zag the edges. With a serger, this top may take you 20 minutes. It's two pieces people!

The verdict: I will wear this all the time. With everything! Especially when walking Tex.



Sarah Gabbart


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  1. Sarah, cute top. I love the melon color too. Great job. And thankyou for sharing the Breat cancer awareness.Such and important thing in each of our lives. So proud your scare was a scare.. I too went through a bad one, a few years back..
    Happy sewing and I love your top.

  2. The melon colour is Wonderful and spring like. I think its great every body is doing the pink thing too, it is such a good idea!

  3. I love tex! what a little cutie! and more importantly, great top :)

  4. This color rocks!!!!!

  5. Very cute top AND dog! Plus, it looks really comfortable.

  6. I love it. Looks comfortable and stylish enough to wear out to dinner. Give Tex a big hug!

  7. Love it! Love you! and, I’m very glad you’re healthy. :)

  8. Sarah, I had that same scare, only it took FOUR HOURS at the imaging center before they could tell me it was nothing. My husband was in the waiting room the entire time. Please go every year, Gals. A few minutes of discomfort is totally worth it!

  9. Love that color, what a comfortable top this is and Tex is so adorable!

  10. i love that watermelon tone on you! this is the prettiest version i’ve seen of this.
    scares are… scary… but god it feels SO great when it all turns out okay. i agree, once a year is top priority.

  11. Thanks Judy! So sorry to hear about your scare, but so glad it was just that!

  12. Thanks Hannah! I love all the gals pink stuff this week – really cool theme!

  13. Thanks Molly! I love my little buddy – he is such a cool dude!

  14. Thank you so much Lisette!

  15. Thank you Helen! Totally going to hug him right now for you – he loves hugs!

  16. Oh noes! 4 hours!! That’s crazy bananas! So glad you are ok – it’s such a weird experience with them squishing this and moving your boobs around there – you get to know that tech super well!

  17. Thank you so much Adey!

  18. Thank you so much Ooona! I can’t wait to make more of this top!
    It totally does feel good when they give you the AOK! I don’t have to go back until I’m 40 or unless something else comes up when they recheck at my regular doctor! Thank goodness to good news!

  19. You look gorgeous, and so is the top! In that second photo it looks like you’ve just told Tex that there’s a world cheese crisis and so there will be no cheese for the next six months. How could you resist that little face?! And I’m so glad it was only a scare xx

  20. Thanks lady! LOL – Tex totally does look like that! That is actually a hybrid of normal Tex face and begging face (Ryan said the word “treat”)!