Hello! Welcome to my new blog- this is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. The technical aspects of it have been a little more challenging than I expected, but I will muddle through! Let’s get down to business, shall we?
I made this top using Megan Nielsen’s fabulous Briar pattern.
I love her patterns, they are presented so beautifully with great, easy to follow instructions. I especially love all of the possible variations on this one! When I find a pattern that fits well and comes together easily it’s nice to be able to make several versions and not have them all look the same. (When I showed this shirt to my husband he said “It has a tail on it! Is that some sort of new fashion thing?” Yes dear.)
For this version I added 3 3/4 inches to the cropped style. I previously made one out of sweatshirt fleece, in the original cropped length (you can check it out in my Flickr photostream here). You could make this any length you want, I am planning a dress version soon! And you could just cut it straight across the bottom, if the high-low hem isn’t your thing. The fabric is a super soft bamboo/organic cotton jersey, found online here. I finished the hems with two rows of stitching, using wooly nylon thread in the bobbin to keep it stretchy, it worked great! I originally tried a twin needle but I couldn’t get it to work without that “tunneling” effect…maybe some sort of stabilizer in the hem would do the trick?
So, about the dress! I made this Mission Maxi (pattern by Jamie Christina) a while ago, and I wear it constantly. I like that I can throw this on and feel like I am wearing pajamas, but still look fairly put together. And the length is great for chasing my kids around, bending down and not flashing anyone! I usually always wear a top over it, I feel fairly exposed wearing it by itself.
I am planning another one or two of these dresses for summer…along with about 1,000 other projects in my head 🙂 I will get to them all eventually (maybe!)