Bluebirds/Singing a song/Nothing but bluebirds/All day long~~Ella Fitzgerald
I promise… I swear to you on my Kindle’s imaginary stack of the Divergent series e-books (because, really, who buys paper books anymore? I know… I know.. I love the smell, too… And the way I can annoying flip pages while I read… but seriously. Who has space for all these book? Plus, I think if I continued to flip the page corners the way I do, my husband might have to go to jail for murder. And that would be no fun for either of us.)
So, I did sew this top during KCW.
I even had pictures edited and ready to go.
I just didn’t blog it.
The bluebird carries the sky on it’s back~~ Henry David Thoreau
I was doing the pattern test for GYCT‘s Love Me Knot shorts and needed a top for them. I had originally thought I’d make the shorts out of the bird fabric, but really. Who needs a pair of shorts with birds all over them?
Talk about limiting the wardrobe.
So, I used the birds as the lining for the shorts. Which left me without a top for these brilliant, cobalt blue shorts.
Oh wait.. I remember!
Teri, over at Climbing the Willow, had recently released a full size lineup of the Izzy top. The Izzy is an adorable nod to vintage/retro kids clothes. A time we associate with innocence and long childhoods and summer days spent outside soaking up sunshine, and ice cream cones, and water balloons.
At least in my mind. But I’m a bit of a romantic. Sometimes.
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark~~Rabindranath Tagore
Anyway. The Izzy is a freely given pattern from the generous Ms. Teri. Now class, everyone say, “Thank you, Ms.Teri!” She’s even gone back to the original version (which was only available in a size 2) and expanded the Izzy all the way to a size 12! (And did I tell you it was FREE?)
A funny story. I was supposed to be in the tester group for the Izzy, also. But I got a dreadful case of the flu (like, spent time in the hospital-dreadful case of the flu!) and had to miss out on it. (And not only the Izzy. That stupid flu costs me several pattern tests). Thankfully though, it’s free, so I didn’t have to miss out on an awesome pattern.
It was a breeze to cut out and assemble. Her directions are top-notch. I only changed two things. One, I added a little peek of crochet lace to the bodice where it joined the skirt to tie the Izzy in to the Love Me Knots a little more. As if that cobalt blue wasn’t doing enough tying of its own. And two, I used the width of fabric for the bodice width instead of the measurements. I like my ruffles full. What can I say?
All in all, I’d say that even with attaching that strip of crochet lace, it took me maybe an hour and a half? That’s not bad to have a top that works with pretty much everything. Jeans. Leggings. Shorts. Skirts.
And it’s absolutely adorable on. It’s got a full skirt-even without added the extra width-and could easily be made into a dress length. And the sizing going all the way to a 12 means that sisters can have matching or coordinating dresses.
Can’t you just see three little girls in Izzy’s with a star-spangled print for the skirts and red, white, or blue bodices? You could easily add a little firecracker applique to the bodice! All ready for July 4th celebrations!
So, see. I did sew it. I just didn’t blog it. I’m working on getting better at that. Sort of.
Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings~~Victor Hugo
I’m making some changes to ye old blog, also. I’ve got a new header… and a new signature icon thingy. (No idea what they’re called.) And my designer (yep! I had this one made especially for me! No more free public use art! YAY!) is hard at work on the artwork for my hang tags, labels, stamp design, and new watermark… Everything.
And bless her heart, Katie is also learning WordPress for me. She’s planning to help me redesign the blog so it’s point and click for me (because I’m resisting learning it on my own…) and she and Hubbs will be managing it between them. Woot! No more me screwing things up! *happy dance*
So. Between Hubbs being my hero, pretty much all the time, and Katie designing all my artwork and teaching me how to, like, blog, and making my junk pretty and stuff, plus generously loaning me our sweet ginger monkey to model for me… yes… the ginger monkey is not mine. alas, the sassy little punk belongs to Katie and her hubby, Chad-who actually may not want his name here, so I’m not putting any last names in. For their anonymity and stuff. You’re welcome. And thank you. A million times, thank you. Both of you. All of you.
When I finally get Katie talked into doing web design on her own, I’ll be sure to tell you more about who she is and how to get in touch with her. Because really. She had this little birdie and the new blog header done in less than an hour...
(ps. I did the actual signature to the right there by my little old self, thankyouverymuch.)
(pps. I still use “…”s a lot.)
(ppps. I just thought you should know. You know, in case you didn’t.)