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Selfish Sewing!

At last, I made myself something!

Before I started this blog, I actually exclusively sewed for myself.  I was so scared to sew baby clothes!  In my defense, Emmy was like the size of a puppy back then, so yeah.  Too small.  :)  Now she's fun to sew for.

Annnyway... Here is the finished McCalls's 5884

Head cropped per order of Hot-Mess Police.
I LOVE the huge bow.  Love it. 
Like I said in my last post, I cut this top way, way too big.  Which I always do - need to stop that.  But I hadn't sewed the side seams or the hem before I realized the ginormity of it, so I was able to take it in.  Phew!

I am not a model.  Just realizing this.
I used a pink floral rayon from Jo-Anns clearance.  They seem to always have some variation of this fabric at my local Jo-Anns, and I dig it.  I have it in black, too.  It's buttery soft and super drapey.  Yum.

French seams!  I took out about an inch from each side seam.  AND, omg, my first ever rolled hem!  Let me tell you - I could have sat there rolling hems all flippin' night long.  So lovely.  I was litterally bummed when I finished the hem.  Ha!  I chopped off about an inch from the bottom - both to shorten the blouse and to account for the hem allowance.  The length is perfect now.  Awesome.

I also took the advice of one Pattern Reviewer and skipped a bunch of the collar/tie steps.  I just sewed it on right sides together (just like you would do in the first step of bias taping) and then serged that bad boy [I flipped that serged edge out in the pic above so you could see it.  It's not visible when I wear it].  The way the collar lays once it's on makes this method perfectly acceptable (to me, anyway).  :)

So there you have it!  A sewn garment for grown folk!  I also had the wherewithall to enter this into Rae's Spring Top Sewalong at the last minute, so that oughta be fun!  Hopefully people like it as much as I do!

G'day to you!

As always, partying HERE!


  1. Wow this is beautiful! Perfect summery top! I have a habit of cutting way to big for myself too! I panic if something is in my right size and have to add extra just in case. Then spend the rest of the time taking in!
    Its nice to do some selfish sewing sometimes! Keep it going! Stevie x

  2. So pretty! I laughed at your first caption b/c I can relate. However, I disagree with your second caption- I've totally seen that pose in magazines. :)

  3. That turned out great! I absolutely love the tie in the front

  4. Gorgeous! The tie is perfect. I loved your first caption, too. Definitely know the feeling.

  5. thats cute! i really love bows!! it looks really cute with the cardigain by the way. thanks for sharing :)

  6. This is lovely! Great work!

  7. I love the look with the cardigan! So cute.

  8. Very pretty summer top...I love the pink fabric

  9. I just wanted to let you know I featured you at Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and grab a button.

  10. Very pretty blouse and I love that fabric, it is so gorgeous! Is it linen? I am always looking for short cuts too, yours looks wonderful.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. Love this top and the fabric choice! Beautiful.

  12. Very pretty. Love the bow in the front. Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn

  13. This is beautiful! It's been a long time since I've sewn anything for myself. Maybe I need to get back on that... :)

  14. Such a beautiful top for yourself!!! LOVE the bow!

  15. how did I miss this post! Consider this an order for BooBooSnap! :D

  16. Sarah this is fabulous! I'm so envious of your abilities!! You and mi madre are like two little peas in a pod.



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