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My first blog tour! I’m a little excited! Welcome! Read to the end to find out how to win a copy of the pattern!
If you came here through the link posted on BebeLambs blog I’ll introduce myself a little. My name is Ula, I’m mama to two beautiful girls, one 4-year-old “Silly Bean”, and an almost 10-month-old “Baby V”, and I’m wife to G. Presently I’m on maternity leave from my part-time clerical job and I’ve gone a little sew crazy the past 10 months.
When I saw Lynn from BebeLambs looking for contributors for her blog tour I jumped at the chance! The Hope Floats is just too cute and I had the perfect fabric.
I love eyelet. I’ve been wanting to upcycle this eyelet fabric I picked up a few years ago at a craft fair (for free!) for awhile now. This was the perfect pattern for the fabric.
I had to make a small modification to the pattern since the length of the fabric was a bit short for the requirements for the skirt. So it’s a little shorter than it should be but not by much. BUT since it was already hemmed I got to skip that step! The hem isn’t as wide as what it calls for in the pattern but it was already done for me. Yay for upcycling! The fabric also wasn’t wide enough to make the fuller version of the skirt so I did the simple skirt.
The Hope Floats is quick to make. I think it took me about two hours, it would probably be even faster if you just used a serger to finish the seams or if you skipped topstitching the straps and bodice. I decided to do the topstitching since I thought it would look nicer.
It is so so pretty! Perfect for the beach..
..or playing in the backyard on a cloudy day.
The back bodice has elastic casings and the straps wrap over and go through a buttonhole in the back bodice and tie into a bow. I did my buttonhole horizontally between the rows of elastic.
I think this pattern is so versatile. The front bodice is large enough to add embroidery or applique, and you could try adding flutter sleeves to the straps for another look.
This is such a great pattern for beginners too. You do need to make a buttonhole though.
-Sizes NB to 10
-Skirt can be full or simple
-Pattern piece provided for front bodice, measurement charts for the straps, skirt and back bodice, and elastic.
-Finished length measurement chart included
Upcycled white cotton eyelet and white Kona cotton for lining and straps.
I paired the Hope Floats top with the Addie shorts from My Little Plumcake (not an affiliate). Perfect combo, fabric and pattern! Eyelet and chambray ♥
Here are the links to other bloggers on the tour:
Manning and the Machine
Keep Calm and Carrion
Sew Like My Mom
My Love is Homemade
You can find Bebelambs patterns here or on Etsy here.