Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring Top Week!

I started going through my maternity clothes again and as I was looking through everything I noticed that a few shirts had holes in them or were thread bare. I guess after that many pregnancies things wear out. Not wanting to buy more clothes I decided to make a few tops with fabric I have lying around. As I was surfing some sewing blogs I noticed a little contest going on and decided to enter. I can't believe I got these done in time! These will probably be the only maternity pictures you will see of me, so enjoy them while it lasts. I had Rebecca take these photos with our old camera. (My camera was a little too heavy for her.)

For these tops I used Simplicity pattern number 4584. I have used this pattern before, however, I didn't necessarily care for the fit so I tweaked it. See below.
I absolutely love Jennifer Paganelli's fabrics. I used fabric from Mod Girls and the stripes is from her Girlfriends line. And look! They match the purses I made too. Can't go wrong there.


The top was a little loose and puffy, so I added some elastic shirring. I would probably make the shirring wider next time.
I always have a hard time getting straps to fit properly. I decided to make them adjustable by using strap slides and rings.

11 comments:

tina said...

SHUT UP!!!! You are too BEAUTIFUL!Those are so stinkin' cute!!! I want one!!! I can see it now... Jan's Amazing Maternity Gear. Put 'em on Ebay, they'll go like hotcakes!

Carly said...

YOU AMAZE ME!! Love the tops, so cute. You are so creative. Very, very, very cool.

Fiene family said...

Alright, we get to see a picture of you an here!!! Love the tops, I'm putting in my order for next time (in a year or so).

lorna doone said...

I saw your cute tops on the Spring Top flickr group and stopped over to check out your blog. These are great and I just love the stripes. What a great idea to add the shirring. I'm not a fan of puffy shirts either! I have yet to try this technique. Did you just sew rows with elastic thread in your bobbin.

Jennifer Paganelli said...

totally what Tina said..gorgeous woman gorgeous maternity top!!!!!Way to go girlie..

Erin said...

Jan, you are my hero!

JAN said...

Thank you for all the sweet comments! You guys are way too kind.

Lorna, yes, I did the shirring with elastic in my bobbin. Then I actually sewed it all at once by going back and forth instead of one row at a time.

Jennifer, if you are ever in Denver I would love to meet you and drool over your fabrics!

Colleen said...

You are so talented and have such a good eye for style!

Adriane said...

"I decided to make a few tops with fabric I have lying around." Oh yeah. Totally. I do that all the time, you know, in my spare time. And they always turn out fantastically cute. I mean, why wouldn't they?

JAN!!! Seriously. You have successfully giving the rest of us who can't hardly thread a needle a horrible sewing complex.

Ok, ok, in all reality, I stand in awe. But geez. I mean, give the rest of us a break here!

Kellee said...

I'll take one in tall girl size!

LilyHaven said...

Those are darling! Great fabric choices and super cute style.

Hugs,
Shannon