Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DIY Girl's Shirt: The Everyday Top

I just finished up this adorable shirt for my 4-year-old, PiePie.  I'm absolutely in love with it.  I think it has a vintage feel to it and in fact there are vintage elements to it.

The floral fabric is actually from an old bed sheet that I found at the thrift store for $1.  The blue men's shirting fabric is from the remnant bin at the fabric store, also $1.

I'm a sucker for clothing with collars.  How cute is this?!

I really like the sleeve cuff detail on this shirt too.  I chose to topstitch the cuff even though the pattern didn't call for it.

(Don't look too close at the wrinkles, let's just pretend it is perfectly pressed)

Here's a view of the back.  There are 2 buttons and the collar matched up perfectly!  First time that has ever happened for me.

 The buttons I used are a bit big for the loop closure, but it is functional.

There's only 1 minor issue with this shirt... It doesn't fit PiePie. :(

It is much too narrow in the shoulders and a bit too short.  

I did choose the pattern size based on her chest measurement, so I'm not really sure why it turned out too small.  

The good news... her little sister RazzleDazzle will probably fit into it in about a year.  Also, I have enough fabric left over to make at least 1 more just like this, so if I get ambitious I'll make her another in a larger size.

The pattern I used for this shirt is the Everyday Top by tie dye Diva.  There are several options to the pattern for collar, neckline and sleeve length, so the versatility is nice.  This is an intermediate level pattern and I would not recommend it for beginners.  The sleeve construction was a bit different than the way I usually do sleeves, so I struggled with that a bit.  Let's just say the seam ripper was used a few more times than I would have liked.  Next time, I'll sew on the sleeves the way I typically do.

Overall, I really like this pattern and I think the shirt turned out really well.  If only it fit it would have been even better!

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