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I did it! I am done! Hooray! I have completed my goal for April of submitting 5 newly made summer-y tops for Made By Rae’s spring top week! I had so much fun! Though my tops were not selected for the final phase of judging, I came out a winner, not only because I made 5 tops, but because I actually finished something! What a great start to my summer with a weeks worth of cute new tops!

This was a fun jersey print that I picked up from Walmart’s fabric section for 1.99 yd. (It only takes less than one for this halter). I just adore the cute multi-colored polka dot print! I used the Hilary Duff design – McCall’s M5585 – below for the pattern (view A), but changed the shoulder straps to a halter top and used wide, 1″ ribbon for the straps instead. Again, I usually try to work with notions I have, so I have to spend as little as possible. So, if you consider that I used ribbon, thread, and a little elastic that I already had, AND used less than the one yard that I purchased….well, then I guess this top cost me about $1.00.
Here’s a couple better pics & alternate views (thanks, Babe)!

So, in review….Here is a review of the other four tops I had submitted! They were all so much fun! And…I bought additional printed jersey knit from Walmart to make even more tops! Can you believe it? And some of that jersey will become underwear…but more about that later! I will just leave you to wonder for now…!

Top #4:
Top #3:

Top #2:

and…Top #1:

So, yes…5 tops later and I’m still excited about sewing even more!
But, I looked back and I had also completed not just 5 tops but 2 dresses as well….
Now I’m wondering how I found the time : ).

Anyways, some kinda craft or sewing project is always brewing here at the Hoover household!
And I just love it! I have so much in store for you, so be sure to stay tuned!


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