Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Meredith's Eyelet dress turned Top

There is a saying that holds true on this sewing adventure, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry".  Which is a line from the poem titled  To a Mouse by Robert Burns and the poem is the source of the title of Steinbeck's novel - Of Mice and Men.   What does this literary history lesson  have to do with my Mood Sewing Network post?  Well, Meredith and I had  big plans for a beautiful graduation dress for Meredith from Mood Fabric's white/cream polka dots embroidery and eyelet voille (which is very similar to the blouse I made on my last post). 

Meredith had picked out the perfect Simplicity pattern and I had the bodice fitted.  That is what I thought, at least.  In reality, not so much, the fit was horrible and there wasn't any way to salvage it and graduation is next Sunday.  Time was not on my side!

The good part, I did have some yardage left and I was able to use the skirt fabric from the dress to make a top for Meredith.  We decided on Hot Patterns' Metropolitan Good Times Dress, Tunic and Top with the dress view used for this top, just with the shorter length.

 A muslin was made  for this top and the only change was to deepen the front neck just a bit and add 2" to the length. I made a muslin from some batiste and could tell Meredith was less than impressed with the results of that muslin.  I knew it would be great, she just had to trust me.

I was careful to cut the hem on the border of the yardage, isn't this the prettiest eyelet border?  

These six row of eyelets are on one side of the selvage, the other side is one row of eyelets.  I carefully cut the one row of eyelets and used it for a smaller version of the cap sleeves.  

This fabric is a dream to sew and I like the fact we selected a more basic pattern to showcase the design of the embroidery and eyelet.

I used some muslin from stash to line the yoke and it was the perfect shade for the fabric.  Fabric limitations meant a seam down the center back but that didn't take away from the design.  All the seams were sewn with a french seam, with the exception of the yoke facing and it was hand stitched down on the wrong side.

I finished the top Saturday night and showed it to Meredith.  She quickly responded, "wow, that is cute."  Yes, we have a winner in my soon-to-be graduate's eyes.

In reflection on the plans that went awry, I see a top, which in reality my graduate will wear much more than the dress. The gorgeous fabric was saved and a stylish and chic top was made for Meredith.  And to top it all off, Meredith is so happy with me for her new garment.

Plus, Mom was right she just had to trust me and I would make her a fabulous top.


  1. Lemons vs Lemonade. The style of the blouse (lemonade)is simple, however, the fabric is the star here, so beautifulllllll!

  2. Like you said she'll get more wear out of the top than the dress. It's very cute.

  3. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Good save!

  4. That eyelet is SO gorgeous! I love how chunky and funky it is!
    Great top, and Merideth is adorable as usual!

  5. What a stylish save. Such a pretty eyelet fabric and super cute top!

  6. Gorgeous top! She'll wear that all summer.
    What a great save!

  7. sometimes mom still does know best. I'm glad you were able to salvage that beautiful fabric and come up with a win. g

  8. That top is beautiful. May-be the fabric just didn't want to be a dress.

  9. That top is gorgeous. And you managed to save the fabric: that's great! I really like that type of fabric, the little holes and embroidery makes it so delicate!

    Xoxo, Elsa

  10. One of my favorite patterns! Your version is so very pretty!

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  12. Yep, Mum is always right! The top is gorgeous, you've done a lovely job showcasing the fabric.

  13. Anonymous10:48 PM

    I really love this! It looks great on her! So glad you saved the fabric. :)

  14. I loved the top. Embroidery is my favorite part!