Hopscotch Camis GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

June 14, 2009

For various reasons I've been sidetracked, caught off guard and feeling just plain blah and hadn't been able to post any new stuff last week. Rain was also a factor:( But I promise this week will be different. I'm excited to be back!

This was the little top I had thought of just before I fell asleep a couple months ago. It's really taken a long time to come to fruition. This is partially due to the fact that around this time of year there are no stores that sell corduroy! None. I even had a hard time finding it online. Finally, an etsy seller had just what I was looking for. She even included a little potpourri satchel with the material so it smelled all good and sweet when I opened it up. Don't some etsy sellers pay the best attention to detail? It's the little things, ya know?

At any rate, this little top was made with my new serger. So....a)it won't fall apart in the wash. b)won't fray all over the place. c) looks awesome!

opera houseWhenever I make my own pattern there are little things that I would perfect if I had to do it over again. When I first envisioned this top I had wanted the little ruffles to be closer together on the chest so that you could see the sides. But I didn't take into account the very tiny frames my girls have. I had to do a lot of trimming and in the end the ruffles were spread out but I think it still looks okay.

I made the ruffles with the serger. It soooo fabulous! No need for elastic thread or a special foot all you have to do it set the differential feed to something like "2". As easy as changing the tension and VOILA! Ruffles! I love it.

However, I did just buy a ruffle attachment for the serger with is supposed to only ruffle the top layer while keeping the bottom layer straight. This is very useful but I have my doubts. The last time I bought one of these it very lightly gathered the bottom layer. But I bought this attachment specifically for this serger so maybe things will be different this time.

Along the little ruffles I sewed some red and yellow piping for a more polished look.

Each of the camis have three pintucks in the front which flare out at the bottom for a fun, little-girl look.

One of my favorite things about these little camis are the fabric covered buttons on the front that match the ruffles on the sides.

Someday I'll post a fabric button tutorial but for these tops I used a fabric button "kit" bought at JoAnns. I have to tell you, they are about a hundred times easier than making your own. I'll never go back to homemade buttons again but it's still a good thing to know if you only have one or two and don't want to run down to the store.

The back is enclosed with metal snaps which I fastened with snap pliers. I have mixed feelings about the snap pliers. On one hand, if everything goes smoothly (which it never does) it can be an easy way to add an enclosure. However, most of the time, the little prongs don't exactly line up with the snaps and then the buttons won't work correctly and you must use needlenose pliers to remove them from the clothing without tearing the fabric. Does anyone else have this problem with snap pliers? And if so, what advice might you have?

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As for Lily and Molly, they had more fun on the swings than the hopscotch. I left hoping someone in the neighborhood might get some good use out of it before the rain would come and wash it away.

I would say the yellow top would fit a size 3-5 and the little red top would fit a size 1-2.

As usual, if you would like a cha
nce to win these camis just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

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67 {comments}:

Lindzie said... Best Blogger Tips

Can you still see that your blog is linked to mine if my blog is set to private?

monica said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how cute! Great job!

Artfulife said... Best Blogger Tips

So stinkin cute! Just posted it to my blog.

jonahbonah said... Best Blogger Tips

Here's mine!

We would LOVE the 1-2!!!!!


*Kelly* said... Best Blogger Tips

You are amazing!!!

m. said... Best Blogger Tips

so precious. it's like you create what my little brain wishes my hands had the talent to :). i just had my second little girl so i am extra excited..

Bobbi said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter would absolutely love this!!!! Please pick me!!! I love your work and only dream that I could sew a button let alone anything else. Do I have to link this everytime, your are on my friends list? Thank you again and from a beginner in photog. I absolutely love your pictures.

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips


jennie said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet as can be!
Got ya linked!

jan said... Best Blogger Tips

OM...Goodness. They are so cute!! I would love to win one of them! Thank you

celine said... Best Blogger Tips

Très joli !

Casey said... Best Blogger Tips

They're fabulous!

Ryan & Cynthia Clan said... Best Blogger Tips

So darling. I love that they are corduroy! My daughter would look darling in them. Just blogged about them ... http://ryanandcynthia.blogspot.com/

Now, if only the rain would go away so the sun could come out & play.

N. said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted this to my blog too! I hope it works this time... Lovely work as always. Someday it would be great to see you at work - I'm amazed at your creative process!

Rachael Havens said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so adorable! I love working with a serger. What kind did you get? I ended up getting the Singer Quantum lock 5-thread serger last summer and absolutely love it. I am also on a dry spell, even though it is raining outside. Well thanks for the inspiration.

Lindsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Ha. Thats funny. I was just about to ask the same question as Lindzie. Let us know!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love your photography for these. It's the perfect blend of colors.

Nuts To You! said... Best Blogger Tips

I have an almost 18-month-old and an almost 3-year-old. Perfect!

squirt mcgurt said... Best Blogger Tips

love it. where did you get the girls sandals? super cute

Stacie said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a ruffle attachment for my serger and I love it! It's perfect for adding ruffles to a skirt or bottom of a blouse.

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

These are SO gorgeous, I just linked your giveaway to my blog.

I love the beautiful red cami (size 1-2) and I know a little girl who would love to own it.


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow these are adorable! I know a few little girls who would look cute in these!


Tamara Mitchell said... Best Blogger Tips

Too cute!!! Always love your stuff!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Your blog is such an inspiration to wannabe crafters like myself! Here's my link: http://clothesmindedmom.blogspot.com/

♥ meninheira ♥ said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh please, enter me!!! :)

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Those tops are precious!
And your girls are getting so big!

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said... Best Blogger Tips

My girls are too big now, but I just love them! I really like the ruffle at the sides - I'm not crazy about too much ruffle in the chest area. Love the colors too. I put your blog in my "Blogs that I follow" list a while back.

So, seeing as how you're obviously very creative (as are many of your readers)... I need your help! I need a name for a new singing quartet we're breaking ground on this week. I have a contest going on my own blog.


I would love your input!

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the cutes summer top ever!

Claudia said... Best Blogger Tips

These tops are just so precious and look so darn cute on the girls. Again, perfect size for me two little muffins. Beautiful work.

Madelyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute! I would love to have them.

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

These are very cute. I love that my girls are the same sizes as your girls! It means everything you make will always fit! I LOVE IT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

michelle@somedaycrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter would look perfect in that! I would love one in red for her!!!

sakmb said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect for summer!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute, I have two little girls,
pick me, please :)

Courtney Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

Another fabulous givaway! Your things are just amazing, thanks for sharing your talents :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Such cute tops! I just want to say I have a Molly (my 3 year old) and I just gave birth to my twin girls, Lily and Ella! Great minds think alike I suppose!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Where did you get the little red sandals?


Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked you,,,,tag you're it!
Now wouldn't my granddaughter Lily look even more adorable in this with her red hair and big blue eyes?
I hope I find out!
Happy Sewing

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh My Goodness! "sew" adorable!!!

RobinBirdsNest said... Best Blogger Tips

I just posted a link on my blog. These are adorable!

Ali Holt said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, these are so stinkin cute!!!just linked to my giveaway blog! www.give-a-curds-n-ways.blogspot.com


everyday inspirations said... Best Blogger Tips

Super, super, super cute! Your models are so adorable ;) - would love this top for my 2 year old...thanks for the opp to win!

Posted this on my blog:

catherine s.

nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

super cute! your stuff is awesome!

Natalie Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter would love this one. Me too! I have a link on my blog.

celine said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it and I'm sure that my daughter would love it too. I linked up few days ago but nothing appears on Technorati !

Anna said... Best Blogger Tips


limabean+4 said... Best Blogger Tips

Just so sweet. My wee one is just 7 months now. I have no idea how to link back, but here's me:http://limabean4.blogspot.com/

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

my daughter would look good in it.

ellen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow-those are very cute! i have 2 hopscotchers!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I know my littlest buttercup would just love this top and in our favorite color, yellow!

Truly darling!

~Moi~ said... Best Blogger Tips

So Cute!

Jaye @ canadian-mom.ca said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!

v said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I've created this link as well. Its Free lol

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my favorite thing you've created since I've started following your blog! This is oh so darling! I love that it's courdoroy. Textures are my favorite when it comes to fabric.

La Paysanne said... Best Blogger Tips

love the top!!
check out my post http://thesewingchatterbox.blogspot.com/

Steph said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked this earlier in the week, but I'm not sure if my link is showing up:


joan zeller said... Best Blogger Tips

I found your blog and hoa Nelly
I am loving the childrens wear..
You are pretty talented.... Your blog is a refreshing ,inspiring
treat... Joan

Syazwi Aljabri said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi,so cute! Just love the two models! Hope to see my little sister to wear it.


Just4FunBoutique said... Best Blogger Tips

I am a new beginner at blogging but just added your link to mine. What fabulous work you do. I am extremely envious of course. Love watching what you add to yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tammy On the Go said... Best Blogger Tips

I am linked and in love!

Jojo and Red Head said... Best Blogger Tips

Precious as always. Inspiring!

H said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your dresses! These are so cute! Someday, I hope you have patterns for all these amazing clothes!

dana said... Best Blogger Tips

I seriously don't think these could be ANY cuter. Lovely design, adorable girls, great photo shoot!


Connie said... Best Blogger Tips

These are adorable!

Staci at Craftify It ! said... Best Blogger Tips

I just linked! Love the cami! SO Cute!!! I NEED one for my future daughter that I hope to have one day. For now I'm sure my niece would enjoy it!



Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these. The colors are so bright and refreshing!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this it is so cute. Maybe for all the ones who don't win one you could give us a tutorial on how to make one of our own.

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