Fun Stuff and Retro Top Update

April 25, 2012

I was sick for most of the weekend so I didn’t get much sewing done. Since I was sick, I also missed a class that I had really been looking forward to, so I was pretty bummed about that.

And then… I opened my email last night to find a note from Hart’s Fabric letting me know that they featured a few of my recent projects on their blog! I’m not really much of an excited squealer, but I definitely let out an excited squeak when I read that email! And then I started blushing… like crazy… because that’s what I do. But it really is very cool. If you’d like, you can check out the post here. Thanks Hart’s Fabric!

I finally managed to get a bit of sewing done last night. I cut into the fashion fabric yesterday, and here is how the top is looking so far:

Originally, I was going to go all out with the retro look and add mini white rick-rack to the edges and everything, but when I was trying on the top to adjust the fit, I held up the rick-rack to see how it would look and then decided against it. It just started to look too costume-y with it on there. I want a retro-inspired look, not a retro costume.

The print is so bold on it’s own, I think that adding a lot of colored and textured accents would make it way too busy looking, so I started playing around with adding some solid colors instead.

I grabbed a scrap of leftover magenta piping from my sewing table and wrapped it around the waist just to test out the color (and possible decorative belt idea):

And then I played with the idea of adding a few decorative covered buttons down the front:

I’m hoping that now it’s starting to look a little more Anthropologie-inspired than vintage costume. I just took a look around online and noticed that tops with a sort of peplum bottom seem to be “in” this season – here is a peek at the peplum blouses that Anthropologie has right now. I think that a lot of their tops are cute, but they are usually way too expensive for me to buy on a regular basis! And I am kind of liking this whole sewing thing…

So what do you think so far? Rick-rack, piping, decorative bias tape, buttons? Keep it plain or go to town?




  • Amy

    I like the buttons – actually, I think it’s the yellow contrast that I really like. I like the idea of piping but think it would be even BETTER in yellow. Love the fabric.

    • Juli B.

      Thanks! I’m torn between the purple and just the right shade of yellow. I’m still playing around with it a little bit. I held up a few shades of yellow fabric that I have in my stash last night and so far none of them look like enough of a match… and that blue shade is a tough one too!

  • Jill

    First, congratulations on your Hart Fabrics mention, how exciting!
    Second, that’s a lovely fabric for the shirt, so fresh for spring. I particularly love the yellow buttons, but think you made the right decision leaving off the ric-rac-could be too “becky homecky”. I think the magenta piping is beautiful as well…you got some tough decisions to make there!

  • Julie

    Really cute!

  • Amber Rose

    Oh my gosh– this is INCREDIBLE. If we were in the same room and you were wearing this, I’d run up to you and give you a high five. 😉

    ALSO, I’d love to know what shade of lipstick you got! I recently bought MAC cockney, an orange/red hue, and I’m struggling with it!