Friday, August 30, 2013

Finish it Up Friday

I'm back today to show off my latest finish--The Julia Top.  This is another pattern created by Jenny from Seamingly Smitten.  The girl has an eye for fashion and for making patterns that are easy to follow at any skill level, that's for sure.

Jenny asked if I could proof this pattern for her Women's line.  It's a simple top with long or short sleeves, a blousy fit and easy style.  Of course I said yes!

I went with a silky print I had from JoAnns that I used to make a dress years ago that I've never worn outside the house.  One of those projects...  So I thought the extra fabric I had was perfect for this shirt, so I could actually wear it.

The pattern goes together incredibly quickly and simply.  I chose to french seam my shoulder and side seams and use bias tape on the neckline and hem, so that added some extra time to the project, but you could literally be done with this from choosing fabric to wearing it in an hour.

The pattern offers both short and long-sleeve options.  I chose the long sleeves but then shortened them up to 3/4 length because I felt it fit me better in this fabric.  

I always say this, but Jenny's got a real gift for taking the fear out of sewing clothing for yourself or your kiddos.  She takes all that mumbo jumbo that the big pattern companies give you in their instructions out and brings it down to the basics of constructing the garment for you.

I mentioned the other day that I'd love to make about 6 of these shirts right now.  I'd like to make a short-sleeved one, a full-length sleeved one, one with added length to make a tunic or dress, one in a quilting cotton that I could embroider or add patch pockets to...  The list is endless with this pattern as a starting point.

What have you finished up this week?

What are you planning on doing this long-weekend?  Any sewing plans or are you sending summer out with a bang?

I'm hosting out-of-town family after we watch the Gator game tomorrow and then I plan to get a bunch of sewing and household projects done before Monday night.  ;)  Wish me luck!

I'm linking up with Amanda Jean today for Finish it Up Friday.



  1. You are adorable! The top looks great, you could totally dress it up or down too, which I love! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  2. This turned out really cute!!!

  3. Super cute!! We'll be watching some football too, and definitely spending some time at the pool. It closes after Monday. Sigh.

  4. So cute! I love that fabric!!!

  5. You look beautiful in your new top!! Thanks for pattern testing!! I'm so glad you turned a dress you never wore into this shirt by the way! :) What a great fabric saver!



I'd love to hear from you, so let me know...whaddya think!