April 13, 2012

Circle Swing Top - PR&P

Okay, deep breath - - today is the debut of this season on Project Run & Play.  The challenge was a pattern remix to Dana from Made's Circle Skirt pattern.  I remixed it into a swing top...

 Circle skirts are super quick to crank out.  The longest part is figuring out your pattern size - luckily I had made Dana's Circle Skirt before HERE (check it out - super cute!) and had kept the pattern, so I just got it out and traced it for the top.
Then instead of an elastic waistband I needed a stretchy bodice - so I turned to my current favorite sewing technique, shirring.
I wanted a color break between the bodice and swing part of the top, but I was afraid that true piping would be too stiff to be gathered (the skirt part of the top has to gather to match up to the bodice) so I used yarn to fill my pipping with the thought that it would be more flexible.

And then to make the whole thing super fun, I made a matching doll outfit.

One of my favorite details is how I placed the straps in the back - just adds a little interest.  And yep, it still has great spin - so fun!
 So head on over to Project Run and Play, check out how everyone remixed the Circle Skirt Pattern, and vote for your favorite to see them move on to the next week!  Voting is a quick turnaround, just a day or two...

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14 Fabulous Comments:

Love this top, I'm tempted to make one for myself!

Is there meant to be a link somewhere for PR&P or am I being a bit blind and can't see it? x

This is so incredibly cute!!! Great job!

Love that you remixed it into a top, and that fabric makes me long for Hawaii...ahhhhh... :)

I love the piping and the matching doll outfit- I bet your daughter loves it! Can you believe I still haven't tried shirring? I'm a little afraid of it :)

ooh, i love shirring too!:) love those straps..and the bright color combo..(you know i love bright!):)

so cute, and how sweet of you to make a matching outfit for her dolly :) nicely done! xoxo

That's such a fun spring outfit! The back is too cool! Love how you added the extra straps there. :) I voted. Good luck!

Cute! SHe looks very happy wearing it!

so cute! I love the matching one for the doll. My girls would love that!

If you are interested, I am having a give away on my blog...worth over $100 of craft projects here is the link http://www.thoughtsinvinyl.com/blog/2012/04/give-away-worth-over-100.html

I would love it if you wanted to take a peek!

So pretty - I love the matching outfit. I have to try shirring now, but it does look a bit scary!

This outfit screams summer! The colors and the shirring are so much fun - I love the pairing of the shirred top with the big swing of the circle skirt. Great job, Mandy!!

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