Me Made May

Along with Selfish Sewing Week and the Spring Top Sew Along I wrote about last week comes Me Made May from Zoe at So Zo What do ya know?  I think it is an excellent way to showcase handmade items more frequently.  My most recent finish is my first self drafted pattern.  I modeled it after an old store-bought tank top that I love to wear all summer long.  It is slowly becoming too worn, so I decided to try my hand at replicating it.


This top turned out a lot like my last Bess Top.   It is made from a light weight knit fabric on the front with a draped collar, and a really soft lightweight rayon challis by Amy Butler on the back.  The side seams are on an angle and I added a small box pleat to the back neck, which I think adds a nice architectural touch.


I finished the neck and arm holes with knit binding just like the Bess Top.  I am really starting to like that type of finish.



Calvin and I had a fun hike in a local nature park to snap this round of photos.  And we found these super fun swings along the creek running through the park.  How fun?




Where would I be without my Man Friday?


Selfish Sewing Spring Tops

It was a long winter here in the Midwest, but spring is finally here!


And with spring comes Selfish Sewing Week from Rachel at Imagine Gnats and the Spring Top Sew Along from Rae at Made By Rae.  I decided this year I would make a Bess Top from Imagine Gnats.  I have made one of these tops previously and I love it.  As soon as it was finished I was planning to make more.  The top is designed to be made from woven cotton fabric, similar to quilting cotton.  Making it super simple for a novice garment sewer.  Although I will admit the wrap around sleeve it a little challenging.  But the pattern includes lots of great pictures which help a ton.  The pattern comes with three versions a shirt length, tunic length, and dress.  For both tops I decided to make the shirt length, but then decided to lengthen the pattern a bit, so it is probably more like the tunic version.


For my current version I decided I wanted to try to use knit fabric for the front of the shirt to make it a little lighter for the hot summer months.  I Also decided to square off the neckline a tad.  I could not be happier.


Calvin and I had a fun late breakfast (*bribe*) and went to a local park to snap some pictures.



Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming.  It’s gonna be a good year!