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:

Carolynou said...

this is so incredibly adorable!! wow!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love it!

Wendy Lou 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?

Lisa 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)

Jaimie 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...

Jaimie said...

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

KJ 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!

Jaimie 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!!