I’m feeling ready for Valentines Day in my heart lollipop top! If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower before, it’s a website where you can get yours or someone else’s design printed on fabric, gift wrap, wallpaper or home decor. I have been wanting to try it for a while so when I came across this design I knew I had to get it! I went with the cotton poplin ultra option. It’s really smooth and crisp, and was so easy to work with.
When I saw this print, I immediately pictured a pussy bow blouse. I made the Seamwork Addison top in 2017 but I really wasn’t happy with my version. It felt too tight under the arms and wasn’t comfortable to wear. I ended up donating it. I had originally cut and taped the pdf pattern together so when I placed an order with PDFplotting.com, I had it reprinted to try it again. I just had to print out and tape the add on bonus for the tie neck. I cut a little more room under the arms and the fit is much better. It was a pretty quick sew but the collar was a bit tricky where it meets in the middle. It took a few tries but I got it to a point where I’m happy with it. I frenched the side seams so the inside has a clean finish. I might want to hem the bottom of the blouse a little shorter since it’s a little too long for my liking if I’m not wearing it tucked in.
I definitely want to make more of this Addison version. I think it’d be perfect in a cotton lawn for the summer. I also would like to try out some of the other fabric options from Spoonflower, although I think I need to save up a little because it can get pricey. Have you tried Spoonflower?
Can you tell I’m ready for Valentines Day?! Today I’m sharing this jumper that I made. I found a cut of this red corduroy as I was passing by the remnant table at my local fabric store. I knew immediately it needed to be a skirt or jumper. When I was browsing the Simplicity website on a Black Friday, I found this pattern in the sale section for only $5. I had planned on making this for Christmas and even had all the pieces cut out. I never found the time though and just sewed this together last week!
The top is lined and features a deep V. The skirt is a circle skirt cut on the bias so it flares out nicely. The pattern includes pockets but I didn’t have enough fabric and I didn’t think it needed them. I also switched the zipper to an invisible one instead of a lapped. The pattern included a longer version of this (I added a couple inches to the tunic version), a top, a jacket and a pair of pants as well. I haven’t decided if I’ll try any of the other patterns included but I definitely feel like I got my moneys worth!
I am very happy with how this turned out! Sometimes a pattern just works, you know? Everything lined up and stitched nicely. I think the fit is great, too! I recently bought a new petite dress form and I definitely think that helped. My old one was just too big for my measurements. I put it on my dress form several times throughout my sewing to make sure everything was going to fit.
I’m wearing a pin I made from a vintage valentine and some printable Shrinky Dink paper. I have two different designs and I just love them! I made them a few years ago and I always wear them throughout February. I am so glad January is over and I am looking forward to spring now. Here’s hoping that groundhog doesn’t see his shadow 😉