Gingham Top

Here’s a summery new top I made using some gingham I found for $3.99 a yard:

And guess what pattern….you’ve got it!  Simplicity 2599!  Boy do I love that pattern.

This gingham was a bit difficult to work with.  If I wasn’t very careful, it puckered with each seam.  A good amount of pressing seemed to help along the way.  I know I said I was going to skip the button closure next time I made this pattern, but I decided to keep it to add interest.  I suppose that this really is the most interesting part of the shirt.  The one thing you have to be careful of when using stripes or ginghams is matching up the seams.  It can be really noticable if you forget.  Mine turned out OK, but can you see the puckering at the bottom of the seam down the center?  Maybe my tension was off…

We leave for Europe in exactly one week.  I’m so excited!!  During the three weeks I’m gone I’ve got some SUPER awesome guest bloggers lined up to share some tutorials, tips, links and perhaps a recipe or two.  Who knows, this blog may be more happenin’ in my absence than when I’m here!!!  I’ll check in one more time before I go.

Happy Saturday!!

make it wear it

8 Responses

  1. I just saw your top on the Flickr pool and it brought me here. I love it!

    I wanted to let you know what I’ve learned from sewing with finer cottons like gingham, which seems to behave a little like a voile on my machine? An older lady told me to size down my needle and to switch to a Schmetz Microtex needle because they’re sharper. So I bought a couple different sizes and I’ve used a 60 and 70 on gingham with much more success and no puckering that my universal 80 needle. I guess the microtex are just much sharper so they pierce the fabric better.

    Wow, what a long-winded comment, but I’ve had that same puckering experience so I wanted to help you out. You can find those needles in the Schmetz section at joann’s.

  2. ooohhh…. my birthday’s in a week. I want one!

  3. Hi Sarah, I love it and the belt really makes it pops. I have the same exact pattern and fabric, I am going to be a copycat🙂

  4. I really do need to get this pattern!

  5. Nice top, and you accessorize so cute as always. I don’t think anyone would notice the puckering.

  6. […] saw Sarah’s outcome and am going to totally copy […]

  7. Love it. The belt really makes it work so well.

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they’ve made to be worn. Stop by if you’d like!

  8. That is precious! I love black and white checks!

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