Alina Sewing and Design

IMG_6109Happy Fri-yay!! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my recent haul from Oklahoma City’s Hobby Lobby. We do have them here (which I just recently found out), but they’re outside the city and more difficult for me to get to (we’re talking 70-120 minutes away, round trip, depending on the location. I only drive that far for IKEA, okay?!). The last couple of states we lived in didn’t have them, so I hadn’t been there in years. But, when I went to visit my mom in OKC a couple of weeks ago, we made the short drive over there and I was pleasantly surprised by their cotton prints. All of the prints in this post are from Hobby Lobby and used about ~$15 of fabric. (This is not a sponsored post…I was just happy with their current selection.)

I already own and love the Geranium Dress pattern (which I also used and will post next week), but had been eyeing the Manhattan Blouse pattern (okay, actually, I fell in love with her first version of it, before she even announced she was releasing it as a pattern) by SeeKateSew. I was super happy when I went over to her site and realized she was running a store-wide sale on patterns.

I made both versions–the straight hem and the angled hem. Looking at this fabric in the store, I knew I wanted to use the bodice fabric at the hem to give it a contrasting border print, so it was actually the perfect pattern to do this since it’s a completely straight edge (as opposed to slightly curved as some hems are). I also knew I wanted to use the skirt fabric as sleeves, and this pattern has sleeves, so win-win!

IMG_6110To add the contrasting border print, I measured out the amount of print I wanted at the bottom and folded that much of the pattern piece out of the way while cutting (then added a seam allowance to both pieces where they needed to be sewn together). Just a bit of quick math and you have a super easy way to add some interest. (Don’t forget to account for hem allowance, otherwise you’ll hem your border print right off!)

The back closure is an elastic loop and button and it’s quite cute.

IMG_6115To go with the blouse, I drafted a little shorts pattern with a cute paper-bag-esque elastic waistband. All of the tiny details–pockets, fly front, topstitching and bar tacks–just kill me. All the heart eyes.

IMG_6111IMG_6116I’ll definitely be making her more of these for the summer!

For the second top, I chose the angled hem. The bodice and the sleeves are full of angles, so I love that it’s an option to angle the hem of the skirt as well. I love when angles are repeated throughout garments; I think that’s part of what makes them visually interesting, even if you aren’t consciously aware of them. A little feng shui in your wardrobe. 🙂
IMG_6120 IMG_6124I also really love this fabric combo. I’m impressed, Hobby Lobby!

You’re getting flat shots (vs. modeled) because trying to get my almost 15-month-old to stand still is like trying to photograph a fly. By the time the camera is in focus, she’s off again. Ha! But, trust me, these are incredibly cute on her and I can’t wait for it to warm up enough here for her to wear them (though I did size up knowing that won’t be until late June here in Chicago! Last year I didn’t put my winter coat away until after July 4th–sad face).

Be on the lookout next week to see what I did with the rest of the summer-weight fabric!

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