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Over the weekend I was looking for a quick project that I could post about, and ran across this free pattern by Megan Nielsen that I had bookmarked a few weeks ago.  I had some purple jersey fabric left over from another project, just enough to whip it up!

How I wish I had made this top months ago!  I love that it doesn’t matter how much bigger my belly grows, it will keep fitting!  That also means that it fits my rule for maternity clothes: I want to be able to wear it both before and after the baby is born with minimal altering.  It seems like such a waste to spend time making a top that, at this point, I could only wear for another 8 weeks!  Pardon me while I go and freak out for a minute…

As the date for baby’s arrival gets closer and closer, I am finding myself nesting more and more.  I spent the better part of the last two weekends cleaning, purging, and organizing.  It has helped that it is finally starting to feel like spring around here, and I can partially blame my frenzy on the “Spring Cleaning” bug.  Hmm, maybe this is how I freak out?

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I know, I know…you have probably noticed that I have been sewing a lot of tops lately.  I would like to say that this is the last, but I’m not sure whether or not that would be the truth yet.  I have been coming across many great fabrics that give me inspiration for a new top, and I just can’t say no!  Plus, tops can be made so quickly!  That really appeals to my “winging-it” approach to crafting.

I picked this fabric up last night from the sale section.  I think it is a polyester/rayon mix, and though I usually prefer to use natural fabrics instead of man-made, this one was so silky and soft that I had to take it home.

For the styling, I took inspiration loosely from these four lovely tops.  I was pretty lazy with the design on this one…I used this top as the template, even though I do have the pattern for the shirt somewhere.  I think I looked for it for about a minute and then gave up (if you are wondering…no, I am not very organized…in fact, most would describe me as downright messy!).  For the front of the top, I added about 8″-9″ so that I could make the sweet little pleats.  In order to avoid extra fabric hanging around at the waist, I placed the pattern (my shirt) at an angle, so that the bottom of the shirt was at the fold on the fabric, but the top was 4″-4.5″ away from the fold.

To make the pleats, I put the shirt on (after seaming up the sides and shoulders, and just eyeballed the pleats until I thought they looked good, and the shirt fit well.

What is your approach to crafting?  Do you like to plan out your projects carefully, or do you dive in head first without a plan?  Or are you somewhere in between??

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I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day! 

Finally!  I have followed in the footsteps of creative bloggers everywhere, by sewing Made By Rae’s Spring Top!  Over the long weekend I decided to use up that other Amy Butler Fabric that I had originally bought for sofa pillows.  I was hoping that I would have enough of the dotted fabric left to use as the contrast on the top (the straps and the pockets).  Alas, I had used too much of it for the skirt, so I settled with some solid cream fabric for the straps and omitted the pockets.  The result, I think, is beautifully understated…just my style.

If you, like me, have been procrastinating on making this top, give it a try!  It comes together very quickly, and it is so easy to customize the fit.  Don’t forget to take pictures of your top and submit it to Rae’s Spring Top Flickr Group, and to the Build Your Wardrobe Flickr Group so that we can see your beautiful work. 

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