Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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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