Monday, September 21, 2009

A Baby Doll Top

As I mentioned in my last post I was wanting to make a baby doll top from my new book, Chic and Simple Sewing, by Christine Haynes. This book is great, its got more than 20 patterns in it along with descriptions for all the sewing techniques you'll need to know to make all the 20 items. Here's a pic of the book.

And here's a pic of my finished shirt.

I did a couple modifications. I knew I didn't have enough of the flower print for the full length so I planned from the beginning to add the black bottom piece. Also, once I put the body piece on and tried it on it was WAY too big. I'm not skinny so I don't mind a little extra space around the belly area but what the pattern called for was ... not nice. The front and back piece were the same size and both gathered. I changed the back piece so there wouldn't be any gathering and I made the front piece a bit skinnier. I probably took off 6 inches from the width of the thing! I like the results very much. Except, I made the arms too tight... they've been bugging me all day. I might put in a bigger elastic or take it out all together and finish it with gathered hem.