Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Floral Tops

I've done the unthinkable... the one thing I promised myself I wouldn't do.....
I stitched mommy and me tops! Yikes... What has happened to me?  I know, I know. Those of you that know me will be laughing hysterically as I am the farthest thing from believing children and mothers should dress the same, but can you blame me? Look how cute the tops are.

It all started when a shopping trip ended in purchasing a top I wanted to re-create. Long story short, it didn't happen. And I think it's okay. I wouldn't have had enough fabric to make a 'mini me' one.

To make the pattern, I grabbed the new top I purchased and placed it on the blank side of a wrapping paper roll. (I always by cheap wrapping paper just for this purpose.)
After I traced around it, I folded the pattern in half and then cut the side that appeared the 'cleanest' with drawing lines. That way my t-shirt was balanced. For the front, I used the same pattern piece again, but free-cut the neckline a little lower so that you can tell how to wear it.
For my daughter's, same thing. I grabbed one of her favorites and just traced, adding half an inch for seam allowance.

The tops are made of a rayon blend, medium weight. I created bias tape out of the same fabric and only attached it to my neck line. However, my daughter's was a little tricky. Because it was a medium weight, the bias tape ended up giving her tiny top, bulk. So... out came the seam ripper and her top was (instead) finished with a simple zig-zag stitch. It's held up in the wash perfectly creating a super slight soft fray that looks just right. I love it.... and more importantly, so does she!

~happy trails~

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