Fat Quarter Summer Top

The other day I bought an adorable black and white polka dot top from Jcrew for myself.  A little while later, I saw this fabric at Joann’s and decided Penelope needed a summer top so we could be the matchy-matchy queens that we are.

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  1. Once a week is better than me! I started going waaaaay too much there for a bit and this week I was determined NOT to go. Guess where I found myself pulling into this morning on the way to work??? I admire your sewing skills! It is def something I’m not good at. Or should I say, don’t have the patience for! I love Miss P’s dress and those pics of her are just too cute. How do you stand it?!? ;)

  2. Omg, she’s adorable! And I love her outfit! Too cute!

  3. Can’t wait to make this!

  4. About what size would you say this is and how much elastic did you use? Thanks

    • I would say it is a 3T. It’s on the long side, and tunic like, so she can wear it for a while. Not sure about elastic, I always just measure her chest and size it to her perfectly.

  5. About what size is your daughter? This might have to go to my Granddaughter for her Birthday! msaybe make a matching one for my daughter too! How fun would that be. Thanks!

  6. Just found your blog & through your post for Prudent Baby’s new fabric line. 1st, thank you. I’m extremely happy to find Prudent Baby & Spoonflower.

    I was amused when you asked readers not to look at your topstitching on that post & as I looked closer, I thought I realized the problem. Coming to this post, I find I’m right. You don’t iron your seams open or iron hems & other turned up fabric. If you took the extra time to iron every seam open (or if serged, iron the seam to one side & be certain to flip the garment & iron the seam from ) & iron everything you turn up, your results would be amazing. The other thing is clipping curves before you turn. Concave curves are like the inside of a circle and convex are like the outside. Clip slits in a concave curve & notches in a convex curve. It’s extra work but I promise, your garments will look so much more professional. Then turn & more pressing. It’s best to press a concave seam open over a rolled towel before turning. The trick w/ convex/round circles is to take a pin & make certain to gently pull out any pushed/squashed in areas all the way around. Then press & double check for any remaining pushed pushed/squashed in areas. When it’s a perfect circle & pressed, then just use the presserfoot to make neat topstitching. If you want to to edge stitch, move the needle position towards the edge of the piece but still use the presserfoot as your guide. This post on SewMamaSew (http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2011/10/the-hows-and-whys-of-clips-and-notches-sarai-mitnick-colette-patterns/) is helpful but omits pressing before turning. That one step also makes a huge difference.

    Your eye is awesome, as is your sense of colour, proportion & style. Your sewing ought to look as beautiful as this site or the image in your mind. I hope you won’t take my instructing amiss; I’ve been sewing for years & years & am so happy to see a resurgence in women making clothing for their children & hopefully for themselves too. I look forward to checking back & seeing other projects. Oh, & thank you for the delicious slow cooker recipes & ideas. Cooking real meals is my weak area.

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