Saturday, May 11, 2013

White eyelet Alma

Yesterday when I did my Me-Made May wrap-up, I noticed that I tend to wear a full-skirted printed dress with a cardigan nearly every day.  Not that it's bad to have a certain silhouette you favor, or anything like that.  I just don't want to get into a rut.  I woke up this morning and decided to do something about that!

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I made a Sewaholic Alma with the piece of ivory eyelet from February's Magical Estate Sale. I underlined it with some ivory mystery fabric from Bethesda thrift store. I've made a couple Alma's before (one good and one very bad) so I made a couple changes. I added about 2 inches of length to the hem, did bias tape instead of the facings, and significantly lowered the neckline. The original neckline was kind of choking me, and I didn't want to have to draft new facings, so: bias tape. As always, it worked wonderfully. I am thinking I will probably never do another facing again. This one went together pretty easily. I would say it took 4 hours total. I didn't have a lot of the fabric, so laying out the pieces was really fiddly. The sleeves are not on-grain, but it totally doesn't matter. The only mistake I made was with the lapped zipper. It laps the wrong way. I don't understand why sometimes it is the right way and sometimes it is the wrong way, when I swear I do it the same every time. Hmm. It's not very nice out today (it's sunny, but cold as shit. I thought I saw a snow flurry this morning.) but I'm wearing it anyway. It's May, I'm wearing what I want, weather be damned.

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I lowered the back neckline a couple inches, too. This is SO easy to do with bias tape. You just pin it where you want your new neckline, sew it in place, and trim the excess.

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I always look the same in photos, so I tried to smize.   I still look the same.  Sorry, dudes.

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So, Mike always takes my photos for me, and when I was uploading them, I noticed this one. Ha! It was too funny not to share. Thanks, hon. I'm SURE he was just trying to show you how sweet my hand-sewn hem is.

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So there you go, one quick top that is a little bit different than what I normally wear!


  1. I love this top! The eyelet is so pretty and summery. Your husband's butt pic is funny too! When my husband takes my pics he always tries to get me to face away from him and look over my shoulder with a hand on my hip. Men are all the same that way :)

    1. Thank you! It was quick and easy so I bet I will make another soon. Guys are hilarious! Mike is always telling me to give him a "sassy" pose.

  2. Amy, you always look lovely. I think your new top really suits you. My man is sometimes the photographer for me too (hence why I rarely have decent pics of myself! Ha) and he is 6ft 5"... I am 5ft 4". Therefore the perspective shot is often as if I am a wee toddler looking at a giant beanstalk! He has now perfected the art of crouching on his knees to take a normal height pic! I often also have to delete zoomed in cleavage shots! Lol

  3. It's a great top and even though it's not a full skirted garment^^ it does retain your feminine/retro sense of style! Also I totally agree with using bias to finish necklines etc, it's much better than facings.

  4. Love it! Simple but beautiful! And the fit is nailed on :-)

  5. This looks gorgeous on you! I bet you'll end up wearing it a ton.

  6. Gorgeous fabric made up into a gorgeous AND flattering top. WIN! Love it :)

  7. This is lovely, the eyelet is so pretty.

  8. Hehe, I love the cheeky last photo Mike too! Boys eh!?! ;o)

    Anyway, your Alma is super cute!!!

  9. Lovely top, very jealous of that eyelet fabric!