laurel top

by Dorie on April 21, 2013

laurel top with hand printed accents

This is my second Laurel. After the jumper, I wanted to try to make a version of the pattern with sleeves, and I also wanted to take on the challenge provided by the “self designed” category of the Laurel contest.

sencil at hems of laurel top

Spoonflower would be a great option for the self designed category of the Laurel contest, but I’m really trying to work through my stash, if possible. (I mean, aside from buying all that sale voile.) I decided to use this gray Swiss dot that I’ve had for some time. (I think I bought it for a dress for my daughter years ago – such a familiar story.) On instagram, I had been seeing all the beautiful fabric that people were making for the printed fabric swap—many pretty things from simple designs. I had been wanting to give printing a go again since my class with Lotta Jansdotter at QuiltCon, and this top and contest category were a good opportunity to put it all together.

laurel top in swiss dot

I wanted to do stripes with the same stencil I made in Lotta’s class, and I wanted it to look like something I would wear. Stencils scare me a little because there’s a fine line between something that looks cool and something that looks like a crafty arts and crafts project. I wanted my paint to be subtle and pretty. Generally, I don’t associate metallic gold paint with subtle, but I chose a darker paint that is metallic—not glitter—and on top of the gray fabric it’s toned down. The gold on gray reminds me of an antiqued finish. The paint adds a little more texture.


erin April 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

cute! i love the gray and gold.

Kris April 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

Ooh! I like! The printing adds the perfect something extra.

howtobejenna April 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

How pretty! At first I thought it had eyelet type holes at the cuffs and hem, but realizing it is your printing makes it even more special! Lovely.

Cherie April 27, 2013 at 6:57 am

Very cute top! Like Jenna, I thought it was eyelet or cut-work at first (which would be cool too), but I like this touch. Love the longer short sleeve! The cap sleeves that seem to be on everything anymore just don’t suit me & these are perfect!

Laura - Behind the Hedgerow May 1, 2013 at 3:11 am

Found your top on the Spring Top Sewalong Flickr group. It’s really lovely – and I love the Laurel jumper too. Always nice to find a new blog to read!

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