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?