Little secret? I had totally planned to enter this for Circus week in the Project Run and Play sew-along. I figured ice-cream shirt = circus food or something like that. But further thinking and I realized that this was suitable for Sew Your Stash week. Why am I telling you this? I just gave away how I pretty much faked my way into this theme. Well, here’s the thing. The OCD, perfectionist, over-achiever part of me is appalled at myself. Not only did I enter something last week that I, gasp, did not make this month (or even this year), but now I’m posting something that wasn’t intended specifically for this theme. Am I cheating!??
Answer – Maybe. I mean, no! At least, I don’t think it should matter. I’m trying to encourage those of you out there that also suffer from this same ridiculous strive for perfection to take the chance to simply join a sew-along because it’s fun! I did the full contestant version and, yes, there I had BETTER do my best and think it all through 80 times over. But now I get to, or I SHOULD, chill out and simply enter in and keep building this fun community I’ve grown to love over the last year and a bit. It’s my privilege to stretch my interpretation of a theme now and again and it’s yours too! Unless you’re a contestant! Then get your butt in gear! 🙂
Of course, I can’t win the sew-along prizes being a judge and all, but you can! There are 2 Hey June patterns up for grabs that I will highly recommend based on my last sew for myself. You may have seen my pants recently posted on IG. And then a $40 gift certificate for fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics which is one of the stores that I first started ordering from WAY back when I really took up sewing in earnest. They have some fabulous fabric options that I drool over often.
So, now that you have full disclosure on how I fudge my way through themed sew-alongs …… isn’t this cute?!
This ice cream inspired fabric is from Art Gallery’s Boardwalk Delight collection by Dana Willard and it has been in my stash for quite awhile. I pulled it out with the intentions of pairing it with something I needed for a different blog post. I realized before I started that it probably wasn’t going to work, but I am in love with dolman sleeves and once I got it in my head to make up this pattern, there was no going back.
It’s the Feliz Dress/Blouse by Straight Grain. My final look for my own season of PRP was brought to you in part by Straight Grain with the Moiano Coat variation that I made. This particular pattern comes with a LOT of options so I could’ve made it work for what I needed, but then I wouldn’t have these amazing dolman sleeves.
I repurposed a zipper for the back, which makes me feel a bit better about one more element that could be considered “on theme”. I was pretty impressed with how close I came to matching some words across that zipper. I needed about 1/4″ more, but hey! That’s close!
The pants are from Simple Life Pattern Company and are the Emilya Pants. I’ve used this pattern a few times already. The fabric for these were a random find from the clearance section at Fabricland awhile ago. They have a bit of a shine to them that little girls that love pink are sure to appreciate.
And that is all. I didn’t spend hours recreating or refashioning. I simply made a super cute top and decided it was going to be my entry for this week. Now, what’s yours? Head here to link up. Or at least take a look at those who have. It’s like a secret treasure trove of sewing talent and it’s where I’ve gotten inspiration for years now.
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