The inspiration for this top came from a pin I saved thinking I might make my daughter a cute dress. But the more I looked at it, the more I thought, "I want that!" The Crazy Tailor's refashion of a Climbing the Willow pattern was just too darn cute. I mean, look at this thing:
So when a couple pieces of remnant fabric caught my eye at my local W*lmart a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to strike. And, being me, I was too lazy to print out the actual pattern, so I just decided to wing it. Using a cap-sleeve top as a template, I traced the shape of the bodice, and then did some quick measurements to make sure I had enough of my secondary fabric to make a tunic.
I had bought a yard of quilting cotton with the thought of doing a bib front, but when I had the pieces cut out, it just didn't feel right. So I decided to line the bodice, which is a heavy cotton duck, with the white quilting cotton. I absolutely loved this part of the process — it was just really satisfying to me, for some reason. I think I took about 100 photos of the lining because I love it so much.
My love of the lining led me to add a slit to the sleeves, so that I can turn them back and let the lining show. And I found a few triangular buttons in my stash that seemed to add just the right touch.
But then I lost my mind a little bit.
Feeling worried that the skirt was going to be too short after I hemmed it, I decided to add a lace flounce to the edge. And you know what? I kind of hate it.
Here I am, trying to look all cool and sophisticated, and the lace just does not seem to fit. I am pretty sure I'm going to remove it and hem the darn thing. But, you know, other than that, I'm reasonably happy with this project. I was just so taken with the colors together, and I really did enjoy wearing it and pairing it with this navy blazer and gray leggings. So, lace or not, I am calling this one a win.
Fabric: +/- $5
Buttons: $0.25 (thrifted)
Lace: $0.49 (thrifted)
Project cost: $7