Saturday, March 22, 2014

pr&p week 1: the wildflower top

I have been so busy the last few weeks that I really didn't have much time to make anything for Project Run & Play week 1, but I couldn't handle the idea of not making anything at all :)


I drafted a quick pattern for this hi-low top with accent side panels.  I knew I wanted a lightweight fabric so the top would drape nicely, and Mae just loves her birds, so these Joel Dewberry prints were absolutely perfect!  I really enjoy working with this rayon challis fabric.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy some more as soon as I finish this post :)


I would have loved to make a pair of pants too, but that just wasn't going to happen this week!  So I pulled out Mae's go to stretchy skinny jeans from Old Navy to complete the look. 


I know this is only a nod to this week's theme of "Put Me in the Zoo," but the Detroit zoo has a lovely aviary exhibit and I make sure to take the kids there on every visit :)  It's one of our favorite things, along with the polar bears, which may have actually been a better theme since it's snowing right now.  Again.  I swear it's never going to stop.  I know the calendar says that it's spring, but I see no evidence to support this!


And I'm pretty sure that at least one picture in every photo shoot should have a fake hamster in it :)  But I'm not going to complain because that little toy kept Mae happy for the entire time it took to get my pictures!


Materials:
Main fabric - Joel Dewberry Bungalow Rayon Challis Swallow Study
Accent Fabric - Joel Dewberry Bungalow Rayon Challis Dainty Daisies
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Jeans - Old Navy

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  1. A really beautiful top! The drape of the challis is just lovely - makes it really special.

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    1. I really like the look of clothing made from rayon challis. Plus I like that it doesn't require much ironing ;)

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    1. Okay. First... Please please draft this!!

      Second, I didn't realize you were in Detroit. I'm in grand rapids. Such a small world. :) I get so excited to meet/sort of meet bloggers/seamstresses close to me!

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    2. Mel - Hi neighbor (sort of!) I'm a bit north of Detroit, but the Detroit Zoo is the closest zoo to us, so we visit most years.

      I probably will share this pattern once I find the time to scale it :)

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  3. Such a beautiful top. I wasn't sure I was going to have enough time to squeeze in a project for this theme, but I am about to finish mine (tomorrow)...

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    1. I really didn't have enough time, but I needed to do a sewing project for my sanity, so I took the time anyway :) I look forward to seeing your outfit for this week!

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  4. Wow! I love it. The fabric is beautiful and the side panels are a perfect balance. Yet again I'm jealous.

    I'll be looking out for the pattern and tutorial, pretty please with a cherry on top ;-)

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    1. I might scale the pattern and do a tutorial. I actually like this top enough to make another one :)

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  5. Hi from Down Under!! I'm not new to sewing, but new to sewing blogs and I have found yours to be so easy to get around.
    I'm about to start an Izzy top for my all but 2yo (and no doubt for my 9yo when she sees her sister's) when I came across this one! Absolutely love this it, perfect for the warm autumn weather we are having. Such beautiful material too.
    Any chance of a pattern and tutorial, please ??? xx

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    1. Hi Julie! Welcome to the world of sewing blogs. I'm going to warn you now that it will probably eat up any free time you used to have :)

      Have fun sewing the Izzy top! When you're done, you can add a picture to my Flick group if you are interested:

      https://www.flickr.com/groups/climbingthewillow/

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  6. Lovely shirt Teri! I just love the fabric!

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    1. Thanks Terri! I love this fabric too. I will be buying more soon :)

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  7. This is beautiful! The combination of prints, drape, and love the snaps up the back!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the back and the fabric. I would wear this!!

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    1. This is probably the first time I've sewn something for one of my kids and thought I should have made it for myself instead :)

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  9. So cute! I love the colors :)

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  10. I love the side panels - what lovely detailing to add!

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  11. Turned out very cute. It is too bad that life gets in the way of sewing. :)

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    1. I wouldn't have it any other way! Life is too much fun to worry about sewing time :)

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  12. It is so pretty! Love your fabric choice!

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    1. Thanks Annie! I love the Joel Dewberry challis prints!

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  13. So pretty! Love the side panels as well, such a neat detail.

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    1. The side panels were fun to make. It helps give the shirt a bit more character :)

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  14. Love the fabric, the top fits your beautiful daughter perfectly.

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  15. This is just gorgeous. That fabric is amazing! And yes, I wish there was way more sewing time in life :)

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    1. More sewing time would be lovely :) But I'm not willing to trade by big chaotic family for time to sew, so I get the time I get and that's it!

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  16. This is beautiful! Gorgeous on your little one, but also something I'd wear myself! I'm adding my name into the pile of those who would also really appreciate a pattern.

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    1. Thanks! From the comments here, I'm starting to think that this would work better as an adult pattern :)

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  17. The fabric is beautiful and the shirt is darling! And your little girl is adorable :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! I think she's cute too, but I may be biased :)

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  18. I love this top- the side panels are perfect and i love the fabrics. I will be watching for a tutorial to make one for my little girl. And yes I'll probably try to make one for myself as well....

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    1. Thanks Kylie! If you make something similar for yourself I'd love to see it!

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  19. It's so pretty Teri! Will this be a top you sell or giveaway as a pattern? I love the side panels. I can think of so many ways to use this pattern. :)

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    1. I really don't know what I'm going to do with it yet Ajaire :) I'll probably start working on it today and then I'll know more!

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  20. Your top is beautiful. The fabric choices are just perfect.

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    1. Thanks! It really helps when designers create beautiful fabrics :)

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  21. Yes, yes, the fabric choices! So rich.

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  22. Very nice. I like the chrome colour in both the fabric - the main and side panel. Thoughtfully put together. I have a slightly similar coloured fabric and ideas are rolling in my head now. Thanks,Preethi

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    1. It's one of my favorite colors, and it always looks so lovely on clothing!

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  23. That is very lovely fabric! I have this thing for birds...just gorgeous.

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    1. Thank You! I tend to love bird things as well :)

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    1. Thanks! They are really lovely fabrics to work with :)

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