My Wardrobe is Abuzz with Hummingbirds

The Hummingbird pattern has certainly tickled my fancy. This is the third of four items (so far) that I’ve shown you that was made using this pattern. I actually finished all three tops and the skirt I’ve made from this pattern over a month ago, but we all know how easy it can be to fall behind with taking photos and posting about finished projects.

I shared this Hummingbird skirt last week and mentioned that I had made a top that matched the pocket lining. Well, here’s the top I was referring to.

IMG_8271I found the knit that I used for this top at one of my favorite thrift stores. This material was part of the thrift haul, I mentioned in this post. I believe it was $2 for about 4 yards! It is super lightweight, so unfortunately I have to wear an undershirt with it to go out in public. It’s perfect for days that I’m at home and want to stay cool though.

IMG_8280I cut this top in the same size as my first Hummingbird: 35″ bust, 26.5″ waist (between the 28″ and 26″) and 17″ bodice length. However, the material didn’t have as much stretch, so everything seemed to work out better. I still took the side seams in a bit, but nothing as drastic as the first top, and the neckline was perfectly fine on this one.

IMG_8266I debated about how to cut the peplum out, but finally decided to cut it so that the stripes would be vertical at my sides. I figured this was more likely to have a slimming effect at my hips.

IMG_8267I found the necklace in these photos at an antique store when I was in Iowa. This type of necklace would normally be outside of my realm of comfort, but for some reason I couldn’t leave it behind. I was going to give it to one of my sisters who used to like jewelry like this, but I was afraid that her tastes had changed too much and that she would never wear it. So, I decided to keep it for myself. It seems fitting for this top, as the striped material could almost be a circus tent. Ha! Some of you may think it’s garish, but I dig it. I may change the chain to something with smaller links because I don’t like necklaces with such large chains.


Pay no mind to the bruises on my legs.  There are even more on the top halves of my legs. Believe it or not, most of them are from bug bites. No, not from me scratching them too hard. The overzealous little buggers actually gave me bruises.

IMG_8263I like it when I have an outfit that has surprise matching elements. In the case of this outfit, the pockets in the skirt match the top. 🙂

IMG_8275You might think that the pockets would bunch up since the material is a knit, but they stay in place because of the way the pockets are sewn into the side and center panel seams.



I feel the need to explain my slapdash photo backdrop. I was taking photos of myself in my Bombshell swimsuit for part of my husband’s anniversary gift, and I decided to take pictures of several other completed outfits at the same time. I didn’t want all of my neighbors to see me posing in my swimsuit, so I slapped together a little tent on my deck.

I’m sure this set-up mixed with the necklace makes some of you wonder about my level of classiness. Let me assure you, I took the little tent down immediately after…a whole day had gone by. 😉 Not that bad, right? Given our track record with half-finished home and yard renovations, it could have easily been up for weeks. Yep, I am that neighbor. But honestly, when we’re all done with fixing up the house, our neighbors should have nothing but thanks to share with us.

IMG_8249Alright, back to the shirt. I must admit, I’m a recent convert to the peplum. I used to shun them with no exception. However, just like my tastes for foods have changed over time (I used to be the pickiest of picky, and now I’ll try just about anything), I’ve become more open-minded and experimental in the realm of fashion. Are you a fan of peplums? If you haven’t already made a peplum top, have you been tempted by the Hummingbird pattern?

  1. GA

    July 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    For some reason this reminds me of your dad’s first birthday cake!!! It was a circus theme cake. Very cute. I like the stripes falling downward on the hips, it does have a slimming effect.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Haha! That’s awesome! Now I’ll always think about a circus birthday cake when I wear this top. 😀

  2. Sarah Lewis

    July 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Your Aunt Deborah would love that necklace! She loves elephants. It is a fitting touch to this very cute top!!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes it! 🙂

  3. EmSewCrazy

    July 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Love this pattern! You look great in it! I think these tops are great for accessorizing with the bigger jewelry. Your necklace looks like great fun.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks! I love the pattern to, and I agree with your jewelry assessment. How can I not wear a large necklace with that top? 🙂

  4. ShanniLoves

    July 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I have a friend who would love that necklace…but I might have to fight her for it. I’m really gonna have to make this pattern some day! I like your stripe placement! Cute outfit!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Awesome! Well, it’s all mine! ;D You should totally have a go at this pattern. I think it would look so cute on you!

  5. craftsanctuary

    July 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Love the peplum on you! And the elephant looks like he’s smiling! I wouldn’t have been able to say no to him either 🙂

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks! I think the elephant is smiling, which means that every time I wear him my day will be brightened! 😀

  6. Maggie Cawthorn

    July 27, 2013 at 2:32 am

    What a fantastic fit… Really suits your figure.

  7. Kelly

    July 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Really cute, this seems like a great pattern! I think peplums look good on everyone, I love them! I have made a couple and I have a self drafted pattern that is very similar to this one.

  8. gingermakes

    July 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    So cute! You look great in the peplum shape, and the colors really suit you!

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