Vintage Spring Top

Well, I had to get in on the Vintage May action too, especially when I came upon this sheet set at Goodwill last month. 

The woman in front of me was fairly certain that her parents used to own a set!  Sweet.  My thinking was to use it for muslins, as I wanted to delve into some more advanced sewing.  But, then again, it would be great if I actually could wear my “practice” Spring Ruffle Top (minus the ruffles).  What do you think?

I like it!  You can find this tutorial by Rae, which appeared as a guest post a couple of years ago, on Sew Mama Sew, or in Rae’s tutorial section.  Looked easy enough, and I was really excited about maternity alterations that were suggested by another contributor (help, can’t find a link to the woman who made a few of these, one with a tie on the bottom hem?).  Anyhoo, yes, I said it, maternity.  16 weeks ya’ll! And now for the baby bump reveal…

Due date is very close to my birthday in early November, but I’m targeting Halloween, cause I just love it.  I don’t think I will have any trouble fitting into this as I expand, it is pretty roomie.  The new skill I attempted was adding piping to the bust seam and straps!  Check it out… and allow me to enjoy my temporarily voluptuous (ha!) bosom.

I thought the addition of the lime green piping added to the retro-vintage vibe.

I hemmed the back piece a good bit shorter than the front.  You kinda have to try it on and figure it out for yourself a bit.  I really wished I’d included the arm divots, but it wasn’t making sense to me in the tutorial pics.  I needed my mom to help me, but she was out-of-town!

Attempting a pigeon-toed pose.

I can just hear my childhood ballet teachers scolding me now.  Seriously though, what’s with all the pigeon-toed poses out there?

Anyway, I’m pretty psyched to be sewing for myself for a change.  I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, and some pretty fabric to cut up, so stay tuned.

Just for fun, I whipped up a couple of “Garden Skirts” for Ellery and Avery out of the big sheet.

Nice fourth position Ell!

I might have to make a grown up Garden Skirt.  I actually have yet to sew with elastic thread, gonna try it.



22 thoughts on “Vintage Spring Top

  1. oh wow yay, congrats on your pregnancy! geez, i’m starting to hear of lots of gals due this fall/early winter! baby fest! anyway, i loooove this top, i love that sheet, and the little girlies’ skirts are fantastic too!

    i think i found the maternity top tutorial you were talking about – kelly lea sews on rae’s blog:

    hope you’re feeling good! you LOOK great! 🙂

  2. You already know I love this! Even cuter in person…. But i mostly love your pigeon toes! Hope your baby doesn’t inherit those 😉 XO

  3. Congratulations! You look lovely. Love the top, but I especially love your shoes! Where did you get them?

    1. Hi there, and thank you all around! The shoes are new Danskos. I love the height and stability they offer. My husband bought them for me at a local store. Bet you can find them all over the web.

  4. Congratulations on #3! You look beautiful and the top is amazing. I especially love the piping and the pigeon toes. Love seeing what you girls are up to! xxoo

  5. Another baby on its way!!! Yay! You look gorgeous in this post lady! And I’m impressed that you can sew something so cute for yourself… I haven’t made anything bigger than a 4T!

  6. I adore this pleated top! I have been meaning to make myself some out of voile and you have just given me the inspiration to get on with it. Still a few months till it gets warm again though here in Australia so I’ll have time to experiment.

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