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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
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.
Alright, 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?