May 27, 2014

Ruffled Halters & the Non-Ruffle People

Summer is coming. The Peanut and I both melt into cranky piles of cranky, flushed-red, cranky goo when it gets hot. Sadly we define "hot" as anything over 72°. As long as we remain south (barely) of the Mason-Dixon, we will really need cool clothing come June. This Sunday, in the midst of sewing an in-depth, exciting, I-so-want-to-show-you-right-now-but-can't project, I realized June? It's next week! ...Huh. That kind of snuck up on me.

Since all of my sewing magic (hint, hint) is currently being channeled into this other enchanting (there's another hint) project, let me take this week to show you how us self-defined non-girly, ruffle eschewing girls took on the heat of last summer. With ruffled halters, of course! ...Huh. It's possible the heat also melts our brains.

Sewing for summer: Ruffled Halter top from Oliver + S | The Inspired Wren
Not one, not two, but three ruffles. Clearly I can't be trusted to define my own style.



For some reason last July, I felt an urge to make a red-checked gingham top to pair with blue denim for the Fourth. Apparently it felt patriotic to dress my child like a classic-American picnic table. I didn't have a pattern in mind, just a fabric. I walked into my local Wal-Mart and there it was, a bolt of real (woven, not printed) gingham waiting just for me. Clearly the universe agreed.

Sewing for summer: Ruffled Halter top from Oliver + S | The Inspired Wren
I love simple, elastic-gathered back on this pattern.


I found the perfect partner for the gingham in the free Ruffled Halter from Oliver + S. I think it works for me because it uses a large, loose ruffle on each tier. I'll be honest though and admit the "free" is what first made me look at the pattern. The fact that it's not tiny, twee ruffles helped me give it a second look. And then knowing Oliver + S finishing is always stellar sold me.

Here's the kicker. I liked the first one so much, I made a second one. Two ruffled items sewn in one month. Clearly the heat had gotten to me. Or, you know, the pairing of this silhouette with those curls* was just irresistible.

Sewing for summer: Ruffled Halter top from Oliver + S | The Inspired Wren
How very Summer, bruised knees and all.


Both of these tops are as perfect on The Peanut now as they were when I first sewed them up last summer. Better now that the deliberate raw edges have aged a bit through wear and washing. So at least I know we have two items of cool clothing (plus a few more completed tops and bottoms) ready for the summer heat as I return to doing some charm-work (more hinting there) over my sewing machine. A time-turner would be really helpful this week (seriously, if you missed that one, I can't help you ...but maybe this can).


Sewing for summer: Ruffled Halter top from Oliver + S | The Inspired Wren
Striking a teenager-ish pose.


Pattern

Top: Ruffled Halter from Oliver + S, size Small 
Beige Shorts: Oliver + S Puppet Show Shorts, size 3T. [The denim shorts are store-brought hand-me-downs.]

Fabric

Umm...these were sewn last summer, before I was blogging and documenting. (Read: I have no clue.)

Love

The silhouette on The Peanut. For a self-proclaimed ruffle averter I think that's saying something.

Note

I like how the deliberate raw edges have aged and of course the amazing finishing inside and out -- Oliver + S is impeccable as always, even in a free pattern.

Sewing for summer: Ruffled Halter top from Oliver + S | The Inspired Wren
*What curls? These curls seen here gracing the melting drama queen last summer.



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30 comments:

  1. Cute top! We're enjoying the nice cool weather in Oz at the moment but you probably wouldn't like it here in Perth in Summer. It's 30+ (86F) for about 4 months- with lots of 37+ days. I turn into cranky goo too! haha :)

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    1. I wouldn't survive that without air conditioning.

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  2. Cute!! I especially like the classic gingham one. That pattern has been on my to-sew list, now I think I have to try it too!

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    1. I was surprised by how much I liked it once I sewed it. When she outgrows these I want to try an ombré version.

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  3. I need to make one of those! So cute.

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  4. Really cute top! You did well. I like ruffles...but dislike laying out my pattern pieces and cutting them out or tracing. I can rarely avoid that task though, haha! I always feel like "let's get on with the sewing"!

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    1. Oh, Deanna, I feel that about every project, I just want to get to stitching at the machine!

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  5. So cute! I love that simple silhouette - and I think ruffles are usually riddikulus, too, so you know it must be a winner!
    Amy

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  6. Beautiful tops, I love the fabric you've used.

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    1. Thanks. It's funny I had an urge to use gingham and then there it was.

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  7. I love these! Great fabrics, and the ruffles are not too over-the-top, you've actually managed subtle ruffles!

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    1. Thanks! The subtle ruffles are built into the pattern. It's a good one.

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  8. Super cute tops! I'm not a huge fan of ruffles either, but I really like the gentle ruffles on these tops. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Sews at PiePie Designs!

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for hosting.

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  9. Hopping over from Show Off Saturday Linky Party, Great post.. I love it.. Hop over to my blog I have a giveaway.. I made this one last year and my granddaughter loves it, the backless and ruffles.

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  10. Very cute! Looks like a fun, quick, simple pattern, and I love your fabric choices!

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  11. These posts make me wish I could sew! My daughter was reading this with me, and we both loved these tops--adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Dee. And thanks for hosting each week.

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  12. OMG these are just to cute!! Do you guys have lots of humidity? Living out here in the desert, where our summers are over 100 most days, I understand that need for loose light clothing. If you have a moment I would LOVE for you to link this to my weekly beauty party (Monday Morning Madness). Please and Thank You
    -Kat
    www {dot} confessionsoftheperfectmom {dot} com

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    1. Thanks. And Oh! The humidity is the worst. That's what sends us scurrying indoors where there's airconditioning.

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  13. Wow, these ruffle tops are amazing! I myself LOVE ruffles and YES to light summer clothing! Thanks so much for sharing over at Creative Spark Link Party! Hope to see you again Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! And as always, thanks for hosting.

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  14. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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    1. It's a great party! I'll be back weekly.

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  15. These tops are adorable and I love both fabrics. I think the granddaughter would love the ruffles too :) Great job again! Except no pockets in a top for chocolate.....

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    1. HA! The chocolate ended up melting in my back pocket for this one. I'm attempting to take daily pics to share on Instagram for #madeforkidsmonth and I'm NOT using chocolate -- I feel like a paparazzo trying to sneak in pics when she's not looking.

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