Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's All About ME!

(for a change)
 

 
There's a new challenge/sewalong/what have you on the horizon...Selfish Sewing Week! Come September 23-29, it's time for us to sew for ourselves. Whether it's clothing or quilts or accessories, it's our time to create what we want.
 
It's perfect timing for me as the kids will all be back in school and I'll have some uninterrupted time to actually accomplish something.  This month has been a bit crazy with cross country tryouts for K and then practice M-F for 2-3 hours, football practice M-Th for P for 2+ hours, and the start of soccer practice for M this week.  I'm constantly driving someone somewhere!  (Thank God for Grandma who helps out when practices overlap and are in different directions.) 
 
And in the spirit of selfish sewing, I have a project to share...the Bess Top which is a new pattern that's to be released soon from Imagine Gnats.

 
Bess Top
 

pattern:  Bess Top from Imagine Gnats
size:  8, length of the largest size
fabric:  cotton blend voile from Hancock Fabrics and Shot Cotton in Aegean, lavender jersey for finishing the neckline, sleeves, and hem
mods:  used the largest size's length *note:  I was testing the pattern so just because I needed the extra length with this version doesn't mean that the released pattern will need it.;)


Bess Top Back


In a change from the normal way things go around here, I used a voile that was originally purchased for the little girls.  Typically, I end up using fabric I bought for myself for the kids. 

The Bess Top comes in three lengths (shirt, tunic, and dress) and has two different options for the neckline.  There is also an option for in seam pockets with the tunic and dress.  The shirt and the tunic both have a subtle high-low hem and the dress is designed to hit at the knee.  All 3 versions have a pleated yoke and wrap around sleeve.  And the neckline, sleeves, and hem are finished with knit jersey (a new to me technique).  I chose to do the shirt with the lower neckline.

 
Bess Top Neckline
 
The top pairs well with a pair of jeans and makes for a more polished look than my typical jeans and a knit t-shirt uniform.  My voile is really light weight and doesn't do the pleats justice.  But Laura of Behind the Hedgerow made a funky tunic that shows the pleats well.  I love the buttons she added!  I'll have to try a similar look next.:)

 


18 comments:

  1. i love your top!! and i plan to sew up some more for me during selfish sewing :)

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  2. Ya for you sewing! I like your fabric choices, claiming back meant for kid fabric really is turning the norm on it' nose :)

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    1. :) When I think of all the fabric that I've given up for my kids, it's only fair I get to take some back!lol Thanks!

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  3. That top is so pretty! I love the lines, and how you combined fabric pattern/colors. You deserve some selfish sewing for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Uta! This top was a bit of a stretch for me as I typically wear more fitted clothes and they tend to be all solids. But I like it!

      C

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  4. You look great, Cindy! It's so good to see you reclaiming some fabric for yourself...

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  5. I hope to do more sewing for myself this next year :)

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    1. me too! I always seem to have plans for the kids but don't follow through on the ones I made for myself.

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  6. Your top came out so lovely. I love the color and the fabric. I know if I wear anything other than a t shirt and jeans I feel super dressed up.

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  7. I really like this top Cindy, and love that you have used fabric from the kids' pile for it (way too nice for them!).
    I'm also really looking forward to Selfish Sewing week - am busily planning... ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Justine! It's about time I used something for myself.;) I can't wait for Selfish Sewing week either...I'm thinking of using some of the patterns from Ottobre Design.

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  8. Love your choice of fabrics, Cindy, especially the beautiful floral. Probably a silly question, but what is Shot Cotton?

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  9. Really cute top - I like the interesting seam lines and the fabric combo. Yay for sewing for yourself!!

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  10. Such a cute top. Bravo for sewing something for yourself!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I'm hoping to do a lot more once we settle in to the school routine.

      C

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  11. You look great in this top and thanks for the heads up about the selfish sewing challenge. I've got the coffee, wine, beer and cocktails all lined up. just need to think of something to sew.

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  12. Looks like a comfy shirt - very nice! I'm going to try finish off my dress that I started last year :p

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