I always get so excited about sewalongs…but I rarely seem to get my act together and make something. I’m hoping to get better about this, and I decided to start with Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong. I am (mostly) pleased with the results of my project!
I am not even going to begin to write a tutorial on this because 1) I kind of hate writing tutorials and 2) I didn’t document things as I went, but perhaps I will whip up some more of these babies and put a little something together then.
This was my first try at doing a freezer paper stencil, and I love the results! I only did one coat of paint, and I haven’t washed the shirt yet, so we’ll see how it holds up. I kind of wanted a distressed look though, so perhaps a little fading will be just fine.
You don’t need a tutorial to do a freezer paper stencil. Basically you just print out/draw/etc. the design you want, trace and cut it out of freezer paper (I just taped mine onto the freezer paper and cut), iron the freezer paper waxy-side-down onto your garment, paint and let dry.
(No, really. It is that simple.)
I used an angled tip fabric paintbrush and Tulip Soft Matte fabric paint in ebony. It was less than $4 for both at Michael’s.
These photos confirm a couple things: 1) I become a lardass while pregnant. And 2) I should not assume the tripod is in the back of my minivan. I had this grandiose idea of awesome Salt Lake photos, but a random fencepost had to function as my camera stand. Not so great.
Oh, and here are a couple outtakes. Harper doused herself in dirt while I got the shots above. Hey, whatever works, right?
If I had the top to sew all over again (and I do believe I’ll make more), I’d change a few things. First, I’d go with a more fitted silhouette. I heavily altered a non-maternity Butterick pattern for this, and I went with the “semi-fitted” version. I would do the “fitted” version in the future. I would also maybe not use a ribbed fabric, as this one doesn’t have a lot of recovery and might get a little stretched out.
The alterations I made:
- Lowered the neckline in front
- Straightened the side seam in front and gave it a little bulge in the middle for the bump
- Added a couple of inches of length in back
- Added about 4″ of length in front
- Sewed 1/4″ elastic to the front side seams using a multi-step zigzag for stretch (this drew up the front piece to make it fit to the back)
- Curved the hemline in front a bit
- Added bustline darts
- Deepened the armholes a little
- Used my own method for finishing the neckline…which…maybe I should write a tutorial? It’s pretty sweet.
It was important to me that the gathers at the side seam only be in the front. The last thing I need is more bulk in the back/muffin top area. I don’t need any help.
So what do you think? I have some room to grow, but with 12 weeks to go, that is a good thing.