I've had this beautiful array of Kaffe Fasset's shot cottons* hanging around my fabric stash for a while now. I purchased about 9 of the pink-red-purple colors, but only in 1/4 yard increments--leaving me to get creative on how to use them for apparel sewing. The answer came to me recently in two words: color blocking. The resulting Finch Top is three layers of such sweetness that I just want to scoop up a big mouthful.
I chose to make up the Finch Top since it is fairly symmetrical and would lend itself to wide horizontal stripes. After selecting my colors, I sewed the 1/4 yard pieces together from selvage edge to selvage edge, making sure the total length of the three sewn panels would accommodate the length of the top's pattern pieces (for this size 4T, the pattern pieces were 18" long), plus a little extra length for good measure. The middle stripe is 6" and, once the pattern pieces were centered on the fabric, the upper and lower panels also measured about 6".
An important aspect of successful color blocking is to make sure the stripes match up at the side seams. You can see from the picture below that I placed the single notches of the front and back pattern pieces on the same seam line joining the bottom two panels.
As for the fabric flower on the left shoulder, I wanted to show you an alternative to the bow that we feature with the pattern. This was a fabric flower that I previously made for a different project and had at the ready. I lined the garment with pink and mauve plaid shirting fabric--it is so soft and silky and will feel great against the skin.
Since putting this Finch Top together this week, I have been dying to try adding a fourth layer to make it long enough to be a dress. Stay tuned for that version...perhaps in a lemon-lime colorway?
_______________ *For those of you not familiar with shot cottons, they use two different colors for the warp and weft fibers, giving the fabric added dimension and a slight iridescence. They come in a wide variety of colors. For example, the fabric in the top stripe of my Finch Top has white and pink threads; the middle stripe has pink and tangerine threads. The fabric is slightly lighter in weight than a quilter's cotton and perfect for making lightweight apparel.