Do you read Faye’s Sewing Adventure? Of course you do. If you do it’s because like me, you are constantly wondering what this prolific blogger is up to. Even if she’s just writing a line or two, Faye always manages to ask engaging questions, and she generously responds. When she announced her Tops that Pop sew along, I had to join in. Many of my tees are getting ratty, and though my time is feeling a bit limited right now, you can almost always sew up a top in a few spare minutes here and there.
I may or may not get to making another top before the April 30th deadline. Even if I don’t, I’m glad I forced myself to fix this tee that I really do love.
I completely cheated.
I admit that my first top here I cheated quite a lot in that it’s a top I just altered to fit me. It’s a sewing machine print kimono sleeve tee from an Etsy seller.
To my credit I asked her if she had the fabric for sale, but I guess somehow she had it made specifically for the tees. It turns out, that she now offers the fabric on Spoonflower (she didn’t at the time, though at Spoonflower prices, you might as well just buy the ready-made shirt). I forgot about it, and my husband bought it for my birthday last year. The fit was quite generous, but at the time, I had just had my daughter. I found it in the laundry last week and decided it was time to get it to fit me properly.
20 minutes with a marker, my French curve and some pins got me an approximate fit which I refined with a row of stitching. I serged off the excess seam allowance when I was happy with the fit and buried my thread tails at the hem. In total, I took out more than 6″ from the waist. Although it’s a basic, quick fix, I’m glad to have this as a tee I’ll actually wear, and boy, does this fabric pop for sure!
You have until April 30th to sew up any type top you’d like and email Faye a picture. The details are in the links above. Sew something fun!
Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing. She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page’s Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker’s Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines. She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she’s playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.