So, I might have a fabric hoarding problem. I’m slowing pulling together my sewing room in our new house and I’m actually a bit
concerned proud of the amount of fabric I have accumulated in my 3 1/2 years of sewing. Andy thinks it’s a sign that I should cut back on buying fabric, but I just think it means I need to sew more things.
Although fabric shopping on the internet is so convenient (especially since I have my credit card number memorized… that’s normal, right?), I love going into fabric stores to see and pet the fabric in person. One of my favorite local Denver fabric shops is Fancy Tiger Crafts. Before we moved to the ‘burbs this summer, we lived only a few blocks from Fancy Tiger Crafts making my access to beautiful fabric way too easy. So, obviously, I became a regular shopper (stalker?) and got to know the owners, Jamie and Amber. Jamie and Amber have been quite busy lately as they just released their online store AND their first sewing pattern, the Sailor Top.
I cut my sailor top in a size small and added an inch to the length because I’m always worried about shirts being too short, even though I have a short torso. Adding to the length was totally unnecessary though and I won’t be modifying the length on a future one. Unless I make this into a dress… which, now that I think of it, would be really awesome.
For fabric, I used the Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent Rayon in Eucalyptus Lime. I love rayon. I love the way it drapes and I think it makes this top fancy enough to be worn to work with some slacks.
I made this top from cutting to hemming in an afternoon. Since hand sewing is something I avoid at all costs, I sewed the yoke lining down by stitching in the ditch. My ‘stitching in the ditch’-ing is not so great, so I’ll probably just attach the yoke to the neckline by sewing through both layers next time, serging the seam, and pressing the seam down towards the body.
I love how this top turned out and I’m already planning on making my next one in a fall-ish gingham. Too bad I don’t have anything like that in my stash… I probably should go fabric shopping… 😉
Top: Handmade (Sailor Top Pattern) // Jeans: Anthropologie // Shoes: Nordstroms with DIY Ribbon Laces // Necklace: Discontinued JCrew (Similar, Similar)
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For more Sailor Top inspiration and more chances to win a copy of the pattern, check out the rest of the Sailor Top blog tour:
Monday, October 27th | A Verb for Keeping Warm
Tuesday, October 28th | Miss Make
Wednesday, October 29th | Workroom/Make Something
Thursday, October 30th | Sewbon
Friday, October 31st | Very Shannon
Disclaimer: The Sailor Top pattern and fabric in this post were provided to me free of charge for participating in the Sailor Top blog tour, but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.