So, I decide to pull on my big girl panties and give it one more try - I mean seriously you can't stop with defeat!
I scrapped my original idea - maybe that style is just all wrong for my 'MAMA' body. I don't feel like I can really say' post pregnancy' body over a year after giving birth ;op I searched though my pinterest boards and fell on a top I've had pinned forever. The Ariadne Top by Tanit-Isis is not only a stylish top with forgiveness for my less than apparent abs, but it is also FREE!!!! I then decided that rather than upcycling or trying to make something from my stash work, I was going to go BUY fabric - wait, stop, hold the presses!!! I think this is the first time I've bought fabric for ME in over a decade, maybe not that long, but has to be over 5 years. I went to Joanns with a coupon in hand and came up with ZILTCH, nothing, nada... anything I liked was $12-14 a yard or much much more, and that was too much sticker shock for this girl (especially when I would rather spend that money supporting small businesses that have better options at a lower cost!). But, I had waited too long to order anything. I decided to pop in a Walmart and just see if they had anything I was interested in. 20 minutes later, I walked out with over 15 yards of fabric for $25. It is a gamble, but it was fun ;o)
So with my $1.50 a yard fabric from wally-world, I created this little gem. I will be making plenty more. I did shorten the neckline binding significantly in order to raise it up - this had the unforeseen effect of narrowing the chest/shoulders a bit more than I would have planned. Next time I will just cut the neckline higher to avoid that problem. I also made the key hole about an inch shorter (up from the bottom) I didn't want any chance of my bra showing in the back. I love the keyhole though - it was what drew me to the pattern in the first place.
All in all I am so happy with this top. I will be wearing it on date night with my hubby this week, and even he was impressed with the look of the top ;o)
The obligatory looking down shot ;op
Thanks for having me today - and remember to make time for you, and don't give up when life throws you a potato sack! Hugs, Suzanne