Since both of my sisters have also been on a sewing kick--they tend to get me awesome birthday and Christmas gifts having to do with crafting. This year, for my birthday, my sister Laura got me a super-sweet Amy Butler pattern.
As you can see, it is super-cute and light and breezy--just what every summer-loving gal needs. And I needed it. I love the fabric they have in the picture, but here in Lincoln, Nebraska, we don't have access to such fine material. So, I had to go with the next best thing. Alco. Yes, that's right. Alco is a discount store much like Wal-Mart, but a lot smaller and not as cheap. I would say it's more like a Pamida.
Sometimes they have some cute fabric--usually remnants of corny holiday fabric, but sometimes there is a cute vintage find. I got some lavender "Aunt Gracie" fabric this spring, and this shirt was the perfect use for it.
You can tell from this picture that it is pretty simple--gathered in the back with elastic and cinched together in front with a halter. In fact, the directions say that it is a perfect mother-daughter project.
That's basically what it turned out to be because my mo
m was here visiting when we decided to make it!
It sewed up very nicely (with minimal assistance from Mom)! The directions were so nice. Very descriptive, but not too much. It gives the reasoning behind certain steps, which is always helpful. When I got finished and tried it on, I decided it was a bit humongous in the hips--but that's pretty much typical for me. I also think that I would use about one inch less elastic on the back. Mine tends to fall down in back
, thus making me safety pin it to my bra every time I wear it. Not fun, ladies. Not fun. So, to avoid that, tighten that elastic!
Here is the finished product. Look at that stupid smile on my face. Ridiculous. Like I said, it flares out a bit more than I would like, but whatevs. It will convert well if I ever have a baby.
Also included is a picture of the back. I love the back. It is my favorite part. Except if you can see my safety pins. Which I hope you can't. I would definitely consider the sun-surf halter for your next sewing endeavor. Just get ready to wear a strapless bra (am I the only one who hates them so much??!).