Monthly Archives: June 2016


Happy Blog Birthday to me! One year ago I posted about a top that I love and wear often. I only posted a small percentage of all the things I made in the last year, but I love all the things that I posted and the things that I didn't. Here's to another year of beautiful makes!

Tropical Pink Hayden

This is an awesome finish that's way high up my favorites list. I love the fabric (rayon) and the print. As much as I like it, it's not on my all time favorite makes because the fit isn't quite right. I made quite a few adjustments, so even though it isn't perfect, it's pretty good.

  • Shortened the bodice by 3"
  • Took 3/4" out of back shoulder line, adjusted neckline and sleeve head to account for that
  • 1/5" FBA and adjusted front band to account for that
  • 1/2" swayback (I probably won't do this in the future)

Tropical Pink Hayden

I need to make a couple of changes to the front still. I did a 1.5" FBA on the side princess line piece and only took out .75" back out at the waist. I think I need to take a little more out of the princess line seams. The neckline is still a little weird. One recommendation from another sewing friend (thanks, Sarah!) is to take a 1/4-1/2" from the front shoulder line. Since I will probably be making this again, I might play around with that.

Tropical Pink Hayden - Back

The back isn't my favorite as it's not as flattering, but I think I could make it better with a few fitting tweaks.

Tropical Pink Hayden - Back Closure

I didn't have a button that I liked for the closure, so I tried using a hook and eye. Bad idea. Technically, it works. However, the neckline doesn't sit correctly as it needs a little bit of the gap the button closure provides. In addition, if the tension gets off the hook and eye pops open. One of these days, I'll fix it and add the button. You know, as soon as I have time. Ha!

Overall, a comfortable shirt that will be getting a lot of wear and a great pattern that I will be glad to make again.

Since I did a post about my initial ideas on Me-Made-May, I thought I'd follow up on it now. I'm glad I didn't do a pledge about it, because it went pretty much as well as I thought it would. Which is to say, not much different than every other month. I wear me-mades two to three times a week, occasionally less depending on the status of laundry. :) While my number of me-mades has grown since the first year I did it, I still don't have the wardrobe for a full month.

Wardrobe planning is on my list, but not next on my list. First up is getting through some of my WIP that are floating around the sewing room. I'm going to do a post on how I'm getting organized. It makes my geeky heart happy. 😀

Until then, here's a bit of tatting that i did as a gift. It's not given yet, but I'm pretty sure that the person it goes to doesn't read my blog. *fingers crossed*


I got this from a Craftsy class with Marilee Rockley (links are affiliate links). It's a great class and this is the second things I've completed from it. The first was a necklace, bracelet, earring set. By completed, of course, I mean I finished the tatting but not the findings. I guess that still counts? Either way, I enjoy tatting when I want something easy and pretty and fun to keep my hands busy when I can't sew.

Shuttle Tatting
Click to check out the class!