Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

Lovely, lightweight top

I looooove this fabric--I got a ton of it at Goodwill Outlet ages ago.  It's 100% cotton and a lovely semi-sheer, lightweight, soft weave with a cute navy-on-white block print look.  I know it will be a summer dress, but with a little piece of it I made this top using New Look 6895, with the a hybrid between cap and puffy sleeves.  I added a ruffle at the neck instead of doing a bias binding or a facing--ha, ha!  Much easier way to finish it, after I cut the bias strips and ruffled them.  I also added some pleats in the center belly area to make the gathering above the bust more flattering, and give it some more interest!  I sewed them down and gave them sort of decorative top-stitching.


  1. It's lovely! That fabric was quite a find!

  2. Gorgeous fabric! And a really pretty top, too. Look forward to seeing the dress!

  3. Love that top! Looks very Ann Taylorish. Great job you did!

  4. I love it! Especially the pleats, it's a great idea to avoid "frumpiness". Very flattering.

  5. hi :) i just recently found your blog, though i don't remember where. probably a long trail of links and blogrolls. anyway i just wanted you to know that i am so enjoying your posts and your tutorials have me very inspired to go buy a bunch of fabric and MAKE all those clothes i never bought because i said i'd make them but didn't. maybe i'm a little bit TOO inspired ;)

    looking forward to more creative geniusness from you :) p.

  6. Your top is much cuter than the original pattern! Very nice...



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