April 28, 2012
There is a reason, you see, I'm carrying a sweet little surprise in my tummy (yay!) and wasn't ready to announce it publicly until two weeks ago. So, some spring tops that hide a growing middle section were in order.
I started with Made By Rae's Spring Ruffle Top tutorial and I made a few modifications to it. This gal made some perfect changes - eliminating the ruffle sleeves, minimizing some of the pleats and reducing some of the flare. So, I followed her lead and made the same modifications. I also ran across this picture on Pinterest and loved the style so much! So, for this first top I just have one giant pleat in the middle.
Anyway, here's another version too.
This fabric was on sale at Joanns few years ago and I was so drawn to it. I'm glad I picked it up because the color works well for me, I think. Plus, it's a lovely voile type fabric that drapes so well. I wish I had more!
Here's the style of the top without the cardigan.
This little top I found on Pinterest. What a great find! Here's the tutorial over at Make It And Love It.
tutorial over at Sweet Lemonayde when I was googling for spring top tutorials a month or two ago.
This one is like a circle skirt made into a top. It requires only three seams total! Very simple, and again, not a bad addition to the closet for a very small amount of fabric and time.
I submitted the coral dolman and the brown circle top into Made By Rae's Spring Top Sewalong - of course I added them at the last minute on the very last day! It's my first bloggy sewalong contribution. It was fun to enter and be apart of the group. Over 400 people submitted tops this year. If you need some inspiration for spring or summer tops the Flickr group is chock full of great ideas.
By the way, the pregnancy is going well. We got to hear the heartbeat about two weeks ago and are anticipating the arrival of our new little one in October. We're so grateful and excited!