I recently came across some mini chevron cotton print fabrics at Hobby Lobby. They appealed to me because both prints had colors that I love in them. I bought the fabrics not sure exactly what I would make with them. Therefore, I always buy at least 3 yards of fabric to ensure I have enough. I learned this lesson a long time ago from a lady I worked with that told me you need to buy at least 3 yards so you have enough to make a garment. If I have extra left I usually cut it into 2 1/2 in. or 1 1/2 in. strips for other projects. I was thinking I would make skirts from both of these fabrics but different styles and then decided one would be a cute top with the right pattern. Here is what I ended up making:
The pattern I used for the skirt was one I have had for a couple of years, Butterick B4803. I had made the different versions in the pattern of the long length and decided I wanted a shorter skirt this time so I used the basic view E and measured from my waist to just above my knee to figure the length I would shorten the pattern to.
I love to sew skirts for summer. They are easy to make for one thing and sometimes a lot cooler and more comfortable than shorts or pants. This particular pattern has only 2 side seams and and elastic waist and a narrow lower hem. So easy to make. I will be making more this style and length.
As I got in my closet the other day and decided to wear the skirt for the second time I discovered this top that I had embroidered a couple of years ago. The embroidery design matched the skirt colors perfectly – how great is that? I did alter-upcycle the shirt some though to look more updated with the skirt. Note: I will do a future post on my upcycled t-shirt at another time.
The pattern I used for the top was one from my Bernina My Label software program. I used the basic tunic pattern, removed the darts, added a cap sleeve, a scoop neckline and decided to place elastic in the center front and back to gather it in some. I used 1/8 in. wide elastic approximately 7 in. long stretched across 10 in. of the center front and the center back.
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