Ahh the 4th of July. Some of my best family memories as a young girl involve the gathering of my massive family during the 4th! Tons of desserts (OMG I would kill for my sister’s strawberry pie right now), the after smell of fireworks and stuffing my face with as many hot dogs and ribs as I can get. Such a fun time.
Welcome to my stop of the Sew Americana Tour! I’m a new blogger and I am so glad I got a chance to sneak in and join this blog tour! And as you can see…I’m not your literal stars and stripes kinda gal.
In fact, I prefer on the 4th, to represent the colors of our flag in a non-traditonal way. I prefer something I can wear again and again and again. And yes, of course, you can wear stars and stripes ANY DAY YOU want. But me…I prefer something a bit more….floral.
I have been hoarding this fabric for a while (But let’s be honest I hoard fabric 24/7). I brought it and thought it looked prettier folded up than it did being sewn…plus I was stuck on how should I use it? Tank, Skirt, Leggings?
And then once this blog tour came around, I decided it fit the theme perfectly (well in my head it did) and I just had to use it to show off my American spirit in a different way.
But of course…fabric this pretty really doesn’t need much added on to it, just the perfect pattern to showcase it. And that pattern? Made for Mermaids Mama Isabel.
I seriously love this pattern. I’ve made it 5 times now. This is just the first time I actually photographed it. The added bonus about this pattern? It seriously flatters ALL body types.
But for those of us who may not have that much fabric..it’s pretty easy to dress up something you already own and still make it fabulous.
This is a self drafted pattern top that is very much based on the Simplicity pattern by Cynthia Rowley. Why didn’t I use that pattern? Well I couldn’t find it in my mess that I call my sewing room and just winged it. But if you can, GET THIS PATTERN!!! It’s one of my favorites. Easy sew, flattering, and a basic canvas.
And how do you decorate a basic blank canvas? Well, I decided once again to go the floral route. I know I know I need to stop. But if it makes it any better….these are my first floral sews all year. I am more of a solid & wacky pattern type of girl girl. But with these appliques…ahh they were calling my name.
I chose a pretty white crinkle fabric from Hobby Lobby…which makes this an easy summer top to breathe in…since my nickname during the summer is “the sweat factory”. I’m kidding, I seem to sweat all year round no matter what I seem to do!
But with this fabric and these appliques…it takes something ordinary to extraordinary. To me it reminds of me a Ralph Lauren top I spotted so long ago…except much nicer 😛
The trick with appliques? Take your time with the placement. I had iron on appliques but I still like to sew them down in place with a strip of soft interfacing on the opposite side. It’s allowed my appliques to stay on longer and survive the wash and dry cycle. And there will be more in the future, because my daughter has been begging me to make her one ever since she saw this!
Thank you SO MUCH to Wild and Wanderful for hosting this blog tour and letting me take apart of it! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour with all of the awesome talent we have coming up this week!
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T