Turquoise Polka Dot Hummingbird

Being the procrastinator that I am when it comes to photographing projects, I have created quite the backlog. Rather than going in chronological order, I’ve decided to skip around and share some of my more recent makes. I made this top about 3 weeks ago.

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I’d been saving this knit polka dot material for a Hummingbird top since I bought it at a thrift store a couple of months ago. It came in a $1 bag with mostly 1/2 yard cuts of material. I had a little more than half a yard to work with, but I was determined to make it work. Happily, I was able to just squeeze all the pattern pieces onto the material.

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I was careful not to stretch the neckline out, but there must’ve been too much stretch in my material because my top was huge and gaping in the front when I first finished sewing. In order to save the top, I sewed a seam down the center front and made it into a v-neck. On the two subsequent versions that I’ve made, I didn’t have as much trouble with the neckline gaping. However, I did end up having to take the side seams in a bit on the other two versions. For those who want to know, I cut a 35″ bust, 26.5″ waist and 17″ bodice length.

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Apparently, I was drunk when I put my lipstick on. Haha!

My four younger sisters (I’m the oldest of five girls) sent me that necklace a couple of weeks ago. Aren’t they the sweetest?! They were out shopping together and said they thought of me when they saw this necklace. It makes me feel like I was a part of their sister day from afar. šŸ™‚ My siblings are the best!

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I have two other Hummingbird tops and a denim Hummingbird skirt to share. I also whipped up two more Kelly skirts because they’re so easy to make and wear. It’s time to kick my butt into gear and catch up on taking photos.

I’ve had a Bombshell swimsuit finished for about two weeks, and I’m getting ready to take some photos of it. So, that’s next on my list of posts. I’m apprehensive about posting pictures of myself in a swimsuit on the internet, so I’ll probably just post pictures of the suit flat, or something.

  1. dandeliondrift

    July 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Cute! I love a good thrift store find and a fabric one is even better! Your hummingbird top turned out great!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Thank you! Fabric is my favorite thing to find at thrift stores. I usually come close to squealing audibly when I spy some.

  2. Mikhaela Reid

    July 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I’m so impressed you squeezed this out of half a yard! It looks fantastic, you did a great job with the fit. I think next time I make one I may size down to make mine more fitted like this.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Thanks! šŸ™‚ I definitely prefer my knit tops to be more fitted, so I can rarely use a knit top pattern without having to make some alterations. I think the tops that you’ve made have looked great as is. The pattern has such a flattering cut.

  3. Sarah Lewis

    July 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Very cute top! I would love to wear something like that…if only I had a waist…!! šŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thank you! It’s one of my favorite new tops. I used to think this style wouldn’t work on me, but I’m glad I gave it a try.

  4. Ami

    July 10, 2013 at 3:30 am

    This top is so cute and it suits your figure perfectly! That necklace is gorgeous too- what a lovely gift! šŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m really beginning to like peplum tops. The necklace is definitely my new favorite accessory. šŸ™‚

  5. EmSewCrazy

    July 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What a cute hummingbird! The scissor necklace is great too!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks! It’s one of my new favorite outfit-accessory combos. šŸ˜€

  6. ShanniLoves...

    July 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Awesome thrift store find! Turned into the perfect little top!.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks! šŸ™‚

  7. Ashley

    July 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I’m loving this top on you! The fit is fantastic, and I love the v-neck, even if it is a fix for the gaping!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much! I really like the shape of it. The v-neck was certainly a happy accident. šŸ™‚

  8. gingermakes

    July 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Cute! This is a nice look for you– I really like it!

  9. LLADYBIRD

    July 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    The cut of this top was basically made for you. It is PERFECT. Love the improvised v-neck šŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Aww thanks, lady! I really do like the shape of this top. I’m definitely a peplum convert.

  10. Kelly

    July 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    This is so flattering on you, it looks great! And I love your necklace, what sweet sisters!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks! Yep, they are the sweetest!

  11. Gjeometry

    July 11, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Love your Hummingbird top! And, I think the two piece front V-neck is inspired! Really looks good and like it was meant to be.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Thanks! I’m glad it looks like it was meant to be. I agree that it looks purposeful, aside from the weird placement of the polka dots. šŸ™‚ Although, I guess it’s no worse than RTW tops that I’ve owned in the past.

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