Eyelet Border Top for Meredith

There is a saying that holds true on this sewing adventure, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  Which is a line from the poem titled “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns and the poem is the source of the title of Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men.  What does this literary history lesson have to do with my Mood Sewing Network post?  Well, Meredith and I had  big plans for a beautiful graduation dress for her from Mood Fabrics’ white/cream polka dots embroidery and eyelet voile (which is very similar to the blouse I made on my last post).

polka dot cotton eyelet top

Meredith had picked out the perfect Simplicity pattern and I had the bodice fitted.  That is what I thought, at least.  In reality, not so much. The fit was horrible and there wasn’t any way to salvage it and graduation is next Sunday.  Time was not on my side!

polka dot cotton eyelet top

The good part, I did have some yardage left and I was able to use the skirt fabric from the dress to make a top for Meredith.  We decided on Hot Patterns’ Metropolitan Good Times Dress, Tunic and Top with the dress view used for this top, just with the shorter length.

A muslin was made  for this top and the only change was to deepen the front neck just a bit and add 2″ to the length.  I was careful to cut the hem on the border of the yardage.polka dot cotton eyelet top

These six row of eyelets are on one side of the selvage, the other side is one row of eyelets.  I carefully cut this and used it for a smaller version of the cap sleeves.  Isn’t it just the prettiest eyelet?
polka dot cotton eyelet top

This fabric is a dream to sew and I like the fact we selected a more basic pattern to showcase the design of the embroidery and eyelet.

polka dot cotton eyelet top

I used some muslin from stash to line the yoke and it was the perfect shade for the fabric.  Fabric limitations meant a seam down the center back but that didn’t take away from the design.  All the seams were sewn with a french seam, with the exception of the yoke facing and it was hand stitched down on the wrong side.

polka dot cotton eyelet top

I finished the top Saturday night and showed it to Meredith.  She quickly responded, “Wow, that is cute!”  Yes, we have a winner in my soon-to-be graduate’s eyes.
polka dot cotton eyelet top
In reflection on the plans that went awry, I see a top, which in reality my graduate will wear much more than the dress. The gorgeous fabric was saved and a stylish and chic top was made for Meredith.  And to top it all off, Meredith is so happy with me for her new garment.

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Comments


  • Lise Neely
    May 6, 2013

    Glad your story has a happy ending! The blouse is beautiful. Congrats to both you and your graduate.

    • Lori
      May 6, 2013

      Thank you, Lisa, happy endings are the best.

  • Lauren
    May 6, 2013

    It’s lovely! Good save 🙂

    • Lori
      May 6, 2013

      Thank you, Lauren, I was getting a bit nervous about the outcome!

  • Kay
    May 6, 2013

    Too bad the dress did not turn out as planned, but the top is very pretty. I love eyelet.

    • Lori
      May 6, 2013

      Thank you, Kay, it is a lovely piece of fabric and I am so happy I was able to make such a lovely garment from it.

  • Velosewer
    May 6, 2013

    This is beautiful and I can see it’s going to be worn a lot too. Every eyelet has differences that make each project a ‘special’ challenge.

    • Lori
      May 7, 2013

      Thank you, I think she will enjoy this eyelet top in her wardrobe quite a bit.

  • lsaspacey
    May 7, 2013

    If you create a separate coordinating skirt she could still wear the top for graduation.

    • Lori
      May 7, 2013

      That is a good idea, thanks.

  • bravo eliza
    May 7, 2013

    Gorgeous top – love it 🙂

    • Lori
      May 7, 2013

      Thank you Eliza, I am very happy with the results.

  • Denise Montague
    May 7, 2013

    This top is sweet and fun at the same time. Good save.

    • Lori
      May 7, 2013

      Thank you, Denise, sweet also describes this daughter’s personality. She is just the sweetest soul.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 7, 2013

    it’s so cute Lori! She willl wear this cute top far more than the dress if that’s any consolation. I really love it.

    • Lori
      May 7, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah, she will enjoy this so much and might ask for more.

  • Ginger
    May 9, 2013

    This is SO cute! I’m so glad you were able to make the top– it really is special fabric! Your daughter is gorgeous (well, your whole family is, but she looks great in this top!)!