sewing: blue ridge top

Heyyyy.  Long time, right?  Let’s dive right back into things, shall we, and show some pattern testing from June.  It’s September after all, so I’m sure this will be completely helpful to everyone.


This is my pattern test for the Blue Ridge  (***use code BLUERIDGERLD20 to get 20% off through labor day weekend!***) dress, by Hello Holli.  Let me repeat, this was the TESTER and I was a sloppy measurer, so this oversized sack looking garment is what I wound up with.  Oops, my bad.


Look at the guns on this girl!  Woot.  Okay, so this was the starting point.  Again, the finished version of the pattern is perfectly polished and lovely, this was the testing process, which is why there is a testing process.

I had grand ideas of picking some of this apart to fix it, but at the end of the day I am a lazy, lazy seamstress and decided to just serge up the side seams, add a zip (otherwise you could peek right down at her underoos), and lop off some length and call it a day.  It made a cute and festive 4th of July top, and she chose to wear it a couple more times over the summer which is a big bonus for a non-knit garment.  She is all about gymnastics and cartwheels these days so dresses really aren’t cutting it anymore, anyway.

blue ridge top / adirondack inspired

I snapped these at our local little carnival, which is quite interesting.  Did you know bounce houses and bouncy slides count as rides?  I think it was $3 to go down a bouncy slide, actually.  I need to get in on this racket.

Also carnivals are…kind of scary.  Between the  duct tape holding things together, and random oil spills (is this safe?!) and, um, carnies, it is nothing if not quite a show.  But kids…4, 6, and 7-year-olds, they could care less.  It may as well be Disney Land.  There is something really special about that, and this stage of parenting.  I call these the golden years (except for recently.  recently i call them the ‘when does school start again?’ days).


Sigh…see ya summer 2015.  You were a good one!

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  • Reply Amy September 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I love it and super model posing (and guns)!

    • Reply Monica September 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Haha! Thanks :)

  • Reply Holli September 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Agreed, carnivals are CREEPY! But somehow still fun for kids. This fabric combo is still one of my absolute faves! So glad you could salvage it!!

    • Reply Monica September 8, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks :) The gingham made such adorable bias tape, right!?

  • Reply Amy September 1, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    So cute!! My oldest won’t put on a dress either! Too hard to ride a bike or climb a tree like that! :-)

    • Reply Monica September 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Exactly! Girls gotta move, man.

  • Reply Erin September 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    She’s so adorable, her toothy grin reminds me of ellery’s current smile… I love this age- they really are golden. E just started taking gymnastics and loooves it! I swear- all she does now after school is practice cartwheels. It’s so fun! Love the top. Very sweet on Chloe.

    • Reply Monica September 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hahaha….yes, the toothy smile. I love it.

  • Reply kristin September 3, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Oh man she’s so cute and strong and summery – I want her and my Em and Hungie Gungie Ellery to get together and be handmade-wearing gymnastics buddies! The dress actually looked like it’d fit well next summer, but I love it even more as a top. Nice work. :)

    • Reply Monica September 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Oh that would be the BEST!!! That’s funny, Erin and I were talking one day and I said how fun it would be to hang out with YOU!

  • Reply makingtales December 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    How perfect? At least she would have grown into it!

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