The Big Reveal

Here is the top I made and fell in love with — surely you can see why!


It’s my TNT, McCall’s M6078. I feel I should do a separate post on how the subtleties of using a TNT or go-to pattern, but it’s summer and I’m too hot to be organized. *wink* Also, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic is leading a Burda webinar about getting the most out of your TNT that I suspect will be more robust than anything I can do. The link to sign up is here, and the cost is $20 for the webinar on Thursday, July 24.


I mentioned that I wanted to pair this make with a white bottom — skirt, pants, shorts, whatever, as long as it’s white. Well, I still only have these white pants from Talbots. They’re great, really, but … not very youthful. I want something a little more playful, as I feel this top is a bit serious/mature, even as it’s energetic. However, I have no white fabrics or white projects in the pipeline, so the Talbots trousers must do.

yellow and pink
The little things, to the fore.

The sandals are Christian Siriano for Payless. Have I mentioned how much I love CSfP? Well, I really adore his collection. They’re clean, but edgy/sexy, surprisingly wearable, and have great attention to detail. These pink sandals, for example, are actually snakeprint or something — not a matte metallic pink. And they’ve got more of a frosted shine than straight up high-metal gleam, which can come off as tacky sometimes.

I think I got the earrings at a Canadian version of Claire’s in Ottawa a number of years ago. I was so horribly bored in that so horribly boring city that I went to the mall and walked around; I didn’t even browse, I just needed to pretend like I had something to do during the day, so I wouldn’t kill myself. The cuff and necklace both come from Aldo’s, from last summer. I love Aldo’s accessories, but they’re really impractical. Earrings are heavy and the backs slip off, especially. This necklace almost never lays flat because the links twist, and the cuff is shaped in such a way that it constantly slips off, even though it’s actually  a little too small. Eh.

lady in colors
Color play — pastel rainbow necklace vs. orange, blue, and white.

A fun detail about this outfit (which I wore to work, btw), is that it’s one of my first attempts at true color play. I mentioned in an earlier post that I wear the same color schemes over and over again, and I’ve accepted it — but as far as my accessories go, I want to try to mix it up a bit and wear unexpected-t0-me colors. I see other women doing this and really like it, so I’m giving it a go myself. What do you think?


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  1. That top looks so gorgeous on you and I’m so in love with that fabric the colors are so versatile. It could be combined with a lot of solid colors.

  2. Such a cute outfit. That top is so flattering on you so I would see why you would sew a ton of them!

    I am excited for Carolyn’s seminar.

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