Hi, again! Hope everyone is having a great week and looking forward to a wonderful weekend. I know I am! A couple of days ago, I decided to finally tackle a project that has been on my "to do" list for a while now. So, I gathered up some butcher paper, pencil, rulers, curves, scissors, etc. to make a pattern of a Carter's shirt I bought Ella at a thrift store.
I'd been putting off this project because I don't really enjoy making patterns from existing clothes like some people do. I've not had much success with it in the past, but I decided it was time to give it a go again. You see, my former career was in civil engineering, and all of my drafting was done on the computer with software like AutoCad or Microstation. After using these drafting tools for years, I've gotten lazy about hand drawing design plans, and since I no longer have access to those programs, I couldn't very easily sit down and just draft up the pattern from measurements (I tried that once or twice before; hence, why I don't favor making my own detailed patterns).
But this time, I was determined to accomplish this task! In fact, everything went fairly well considering this top was a little more detailed than most of the other shirts I have made so far. I even started sewing it the same night and finished it up early the next morning. There are definitely some tweaks I need to make to the pattern, and I really need to research the proper way to sew on the button placket. All in all, I'm sewVery pleased with the end result, and even better, Ella adores it! And in her honor, we now have--ta-da-
The Beautiful Flower Top!
Once I modify the pattern slightly and make another top, my new goal will be to create a pdf pattern and tutorial that I can share with everyone online. The most difficult feature for me to sew is the yoke and button placket, but I'm going to learn to sew them right. If anyone has suggestions or tips on how to sew these, please let me know!
Here are a few more pictures of the finished Beautiful Flower Top and its details...
This is such a great play top, and it even has two small pockets on the front to store treasures. Sorry I didn't take a close up picture of them. I know Ella is going to enjoy having this and maybe one or two more to add to her wardrobe!
Thanks for visiting. Become a follower of my blog so you'll know when I have the pattern and tutorial ready! Have a beautiful day!