Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring Top Week Contest Entry

I have never entered a contest of skill before. Giveaways sure, I have even won a few of those but a contest dependent on my abilities, not a chance. I am rarely confident enough in my skills to compete. Although I did win a photo contest once but I think that was pure odds. Regardless! I am entering a contest now. Made By Rae's Spring Top Week Contest. And I am so excited. I actually think I have a chance. With this little number:


Front View


Rarely do you see me in something strapless, having a small chest I normally like to pretend I have more but I could not resist trying this one out. And I love it! I was inspired by the leftover material from my bubble skirt but I did not have enough to do what I wanted to do so I waited. And then I had the idea to make this. For once, having a small chest did me a favour.


Back ViewSideview


The pillowcase was found a couple months ago on a thrifting trip. And after I realized the only seam I had to take apart was the bottom seam I was super happy. I turned the pillowcase inside out and folded the scalloped edge out so that the embroidery face out. I then three-step-zig-zagged elastic underneath it, out of sight. To hide the one seam that was now showing I sewed pink bias tape over it and then lace over that to soften it up. It looked a little too 'athletic stripe' for me.

That was it. Oh yeah, and I had to cut a few inches off because as small as my chest is, my hips don't lie lol. I did a rolled hem and double stitched it. Turned out great!


Embroidery Detail


I am pleased as punch with both the shirt and my execution. (it looks exactly like I pictured it!) I think it really does stand a chance. I also think I shouldn't wait any longer to enter it. The contest closes tonight at 8pm eastern time.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is so incredibly adorable!! wow!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love it!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous - well done!! What a great top :)

The Sewing Dork said...

Beautiful and very flattering. Isn't it fun to make something for yourself?

Anonymous said...

Very cute! You did a great job!

Amy said...

That's gorgeous, well done! I love the embroidered panel on the bust.

Selina said...

Gorgeous! And it suits you too!

Sally said...

Brilliant entry. Stunning.

Donna said...

Melissa, You are right...I think you have a very good chance! This is elegant and classy. And it's a great idea! You look beautiful in it too. :o)

Unknown said...

Good for you! It's beautiful! I've been seeing everyone's entries around the web and haven't made anything myself. You've kind of inspired me. I have three hours before the end of April 30th! I wonder if I can pull it off...

Unknown said...

Oh wait, I take that back, LOL. If it ended at 8, I'm out of time. I'll enter next year!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

That is amazing!! great job, you look fab.

Donna said...

Jaimie, Rae said they will allow more entries for another contest later this week. So check back! I missed the deadline too. :o)

Melissa, This is so darling that I posted one picture and featured you on show and tell and then told them that they must come see the rest of the pictures!

Unknown said...

Donna--thanks for the info! I'm so glad I just stopped by here again! I'd love to enter, if nothing else just to force myself to finish sewing something :).

Melissa said...

Wow!! That is pretty much what I did except that I folded it over further because the fabric was so thin and I used a halter strap since I don't trust strapless on my daughter!!

Cool - great minds and all that!!