Thrifty

Yep, another summer top for my daughter. What can I say? It only takes slightly over half a yard of fabric to make one of these for her - even Walmart doesn't sell tops this cheap, I'll bet. Although I am paying myself less than sweatshop rates for my labour....
You can't really make out the gathers in this patterned fabric, but I liked the way that it went with the printed twill tape - and my daughter likes the bunnies on the printed twill tape.
It's a good time to be saving some money: the air-conditioning on my car has come a cropper. Here's hoping for cool weather 'til I can get it fixed. I'm a winter person. I can't take the California heat in a car without a/c...
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Translation of the day:
UK English: come a cropper = to fail utterly in US English
UK English: skint = broke / poor in US English
As in, I'm going to be skint for a while thanks to this expensive car repair... pah.

30 comments:

  1. What a cute top ~ bummer about your car. Not having A/C in your car in Ca is about as fun as not having A/C in Va - miserable!

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  2. The clothes you make for your daughter are so cute!! Is it just as easy to sew for a boy? I'm expecting in Sept... :)

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  3. Soooo cute!

    Boo hoo about your car. My brother lives in CA and the heat is a killer there. Although were I live it was 90 degrees by 11 AM today. Ugh!

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  4. Another gorgeously cute top. It's been ridiculously hot here for a few days. I like warm weather but it's been way too much for me. My car doesn't have air-con so the nursery run has almost killed me! I'm going to be skint too as we have now decided that Nipper will go to a small local private school. I even fished hubby's ripped shirt out of the bin as there's a lot of usable fabric in a man's shirt!

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  5. Cute top! Stinks about your ac, though, I can't live without it either.

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  7. Adorable! Condolences on the loss of your A/C...

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  8. You're on a roll obviously! I love how you're using the twill tape on these outfits. Good luck without your A/C. We have had a very hot past three days (in the thirties) and I can imagine it is very uncomfortable without it...

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  9. adorable! Good for you!
    SOrry about your car... XO

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  10. Gorgeous, it looks really fab!!! Hope you can recoup the cost of your car repairs soon, these things have a habit of breaking dowhn right when we don't need it!

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  11. Love the top, but bah humbug to being skint and without a/c in the car.

    Even in the UK it's a must!

    Nina xxxx

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  12. Such a cute top! Shame about the A/C though.

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  13. I used to count my time into the cost of an item. But now I realize that it's not about the final piece. It's about how you get there. And if you enjoy it, then you're getting paid for entertainment, really.

    So, if we use this logic and look at all the projects I have, still in mid-flight... I must be a very rich girl!

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  14. Your daughter must be the rage with all of your adorable handmade creations!
    Oh, my sympathies on the loss of a/c. We've had the a/c in our van fixed like 3 different times. I've got my fingers crossed it will hold out this summer and we are already feeling skint...

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  15. what a darling top. I love the tape...thanks for the translations. Apparently, I've been skint for awhile now! ha!

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  16. That top is very cute. Hope the a/c is fixed soon!

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they've made to be worn. Stop by if you'd like! It is called Make It Wear It and I host it at TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  17. Molto carini e molto pratici,sia in versione casacca-abito, sia scamiciato!!
    Annarita

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  18. Love the top. What pattern did you use (if you used one, and I hope you don't mind my asking)? So sorry about your AC. It really is a necessity.
    Julie

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  19. Julie - you don't have an e-mail address linked to your profile, so I'll answer here: the pattern is my own - it's a variation on the smocked top and the gathered top that I've made for my daughter. Thanks.

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  20. I love the tops, I'm off on hols in a few weeks so need to get cracking on some things for my daughter. She is so fair skinned I like to keep her shoulders covered. Thinking of taking your smock top and lengthening to a dress. Will let you know how I get on.

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  21. Lovely - I feel the same way about the kid's clothes. I love your twill tape - it adds such a sweet touch. Did you have it made or find it somewhere?

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  23. All of these darling tops you've been making are so....darling! And I LOVE the twill tape accents. So adorable. I'm totally a winter person too. I look so forward to cold rainy days. x

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  24. love the top {especially the twill tape} and am loving the translation of the day.

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  25. What a great pattern and it looks just great, so summery. When you are skint this type of sewing comes in handy. There are some great fabrics out there and I'm off to Chesterfield Market - Derbyshire to get me a bargain and start sewing.

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  26. It's beautiful! I love the gathers (yes, I can see them!). Anything for yourself in the works?

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  27. Love the top - shame you had to do that particular translation. I do love the heat, but then we only get 9 hot days a year so I can afford to without the luxury of a/c.

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  30. wow, lovely, mind to share the template?

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