So, though the "week" is over, spring top fever continues. Here is my latest. I saw these pretty cascading petals on this shirt, but decided I needed to apply them to something cuter than a crew neck.
I used slub knit and a basic raglan sleeve shirt pattern (minus the sleeves), but cut it extra wide to allow for a cinched waistband.
Then I cut a bunch of those little blossom/four leaf clover/butterfly-ish shapes and sewed 'em on. Some I interfaced, some I left floaty. On the interfaced petals, I sewed a little gather in the center to give them some movement, as they were very stiff.
And now I have something cool and breezy to wear during the 300˚ days we'll soon experience!
Oh, and that drawstring? That's a trick Susan taught me. In case you've never heard of it either, I'll pass it on to you. You cut a long strip of knit about an inch wide. Then fold it in half lengthwise (so you have a long half inch strip) and serge the raw ends together, forming a tube. The tube flips right side out fairly easily with the use of a safety pin, and then you have a perfect, thin drawstring! It's no different from making a fabric tube on a sewing machine, but the serging stitches help give it the feeling of a cord, instead of a flat tube.