Hot! The “She’s a Harbor Chick!” Top

The Facts
Fabric: Green “Ta Dot” fabric by Michael Miller $9 but I’m calling it free because I used a gift certificate from last Christmas
Pattern: Kazz’s Square Sewing again
Year: Contemporary
Notions: None!
Time to complete: 5 hours (reruns of The Daily Show)
First worn: Sept 8th to a work thing and then Sept 13th to Lower Manhattan and Liberty and Ellis Islands!
Wear again? Oh yes!
Total price: ~$0
So I actually had this top done before the Gatsby challenge because I got the order confused in my brain. (I think I just really wanted to do some polka dots!!) I had it all done, accessories ready for pictures, and then I realized I was wrong. At least it wasn’t super involved and I still had several days to start and finish the Gatsby challenge.

The construction was basically the same as my Yellow Challenge top. Except this obviously isn’t a knit so I had to be more precise in my measurements so it could fit over my shoulders. I also flipped down the neckline more this time so it wouldn’t cut across my neck so much.

The yellow belt I’ve had since before I owned a sewing machine (made it by HAND!! so don’t look too closely lol), but I made the headband special as per my husband’s recommendation. I really need to make more ribbon belts in other colors so I have more options with accessories!

So yes, I was in New York City last week on vacation with the hubs. He had never been so we did a lot of touristy things, like the Statue of Liberty. The title of my post comes from Ghostbusters II and a Bill Murray line about Lady Liberty being tough and I kept saying it over and over with my best Murray impression. Husband was nice enough to take a few moments for a quick photoshoot. We had amazing weather and really enjoyed ourselves. And of course there was fabric shopping!!



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. cute top.. Proud you enjoyed your vaccation.. Happy sewing

  2. I love the matching hairband and belt, very sweet!

  3. Cute! Looks like you had lovely weather while NYC.

  4. Cute top, especially with the unexpected yellow accessories (and don’t be bashing hand sewing – hand sewing is amazing!)

    • Lol, not MY hand sewing! Mine always looks like I’m still mastering basic motor skills! Cross-stitch I can do because there’s a guide, but anything free-hand always turns out wonky.

  5. Very pretty top and just right for NYC I’d say. You look like you had fun!

  6. I really like this-what did you do with the sleeves? I like the way they turned out.

  7. Square sewing? I tell ya it’s a revelation haha! you look great sitting there all relaxed in New York City, how fancy. $0= WIN!!

  8. Looks very cute on you. Much better than the yellow top. I agree with Gina – the sleeves look great. What did you do to them?