Stitch Exchange: Something Fancy This Way Comes

On Friday, Fancy Tiger Crafts, located in Denver, Colorado, released their very first sewing pattern named the Sailor Top

Tasa, Sarah, and I have been awaiting the pattern and were thrilled to sew our very own.

Tasa made hers out of Liberty Tana Lawn. She thinks this is a lovely pattern, a really easy sew, is a great fit, and will sew it again for sure. She is looking forward to making it in a variety of fabrics and doing some embellishments on it! She is already thinking of making it in a wool/silk crepe for the winter and an eyelet for next summer. (Actually, Tasa has already sewed a second Sailor Top this weekend). Tasa added lightweight fusible interfacing to the yoke.

Sarah made hers out of Verb khadi - which is a lightweight fabric made of 100% handspun, handloomed organic cotton - made specially for us in the Great Rann of Kutch in India. She also really enjoyed sewing her shirt. She, like Tasa, added interfacing to the yoke. Sarah used 2.5 yards of khadi to make a size small.

I made mine out of Verb's line of naturally dyed lightweight linen - which we dye right here in our Oakland studio. I dyed my fabric with acacia. Also, I dipped embroidery floss into indigo and embroidered little doodles along the front and back yoke. Soon, we will have naturally dyed fabric and floss available online for sale. Stay tuned!

All three of these shirts are currently hanging in the shop - in the case you would like to stop in and see them in person or try them on. We also have hard-copies of this pattern for sale.

We wanted to give you an idea of how the shirts looked in action - so instantly thought - cake and tea break! Now sew yourself a Sailor Top and eat some cake :) I promise you won't regret it.


GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment within the next 48 hours - letting us know what fabric your dream Sailor Top would be made of - and enter a chance to win a digital copy of the Sailor Top pattern.

BONUS GIVEAWAY! Creativebug, a website dedicated to DIY classes, has given our readers a two week free membership. Jaime and Amber of Fancy Tiger have made a class teaching you how to sew a Sailor Top. Click here to learn more!

Next up on the Sailor Top blog tour is Miss Make! Her blog is well worth a visit - she's funny, talented, and makes adorable garments. I can't wait to see what she does with her version of the Sailor Top - and - she also just might be giving away a Sailor Top pattern too.


Next on the blog: Join us Wednesday to learn if you have won a free copy of the Sailor Top - and - on Wednesday - I will begin to write about our recent trip to Montana - where we went recently to meet the shepherds of our newest yarn (made of Montana Targhee wool), and have many more exciting new adventures to share with you!