Circus Inspired Handmade Top


So Sew Word of the Week: CIRCUS

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This week’s word had me completely out of ideas. All I could think of was Penelope’s clown suit and possibly making another one. I love that little suit and I’m heartbroken she’s grown out of it. Thankfully a few of you came to my rescue & gave me some more inspiration! I decided to run with the whole pennant idea & make a little shirt for Penelope with embroidered pennants on the front. Oranges & yellows also remind me of the circus, so that explains the color palette.

What do you think? I’m really happy with how it turned out, even though it took me 3 hours longer than I had anticipated. I think Chris was a tad annoyed that I spent the whole night glued to the sewing machine & ironing board.

I used the vintage pattern, Butterick 4782 (Tie her jumper over a T – awesome name). I can’t seem to find it anywhere, so it must be out of print. I modified the shirt pattern by adding the tie, adding about 4″ to the hem (so glad I did that! look how short it is already on Penelope!) and by adding the pennant iron on. Unsurprisingly I had a hard time fitting the shirt over Penelope’s head, so I’m going to have to make a few modifications to the pattern if I make it again.

Have you made any circus-inspired crafts lately? Please share! Add them to the flickr group and/or include a link in the comments!

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    1. Seriously, this is just TOO cute! I love it! She is adorable.

    2. Nancy says:

      I love this shirt! The pennats are so pretty and I love the tie!!!

    3. Kersey says:

      great job! looks great, so cute!

    4. Laurie says:

      That is so cute!

    5. stacy says:

      it’s so cute, i love it!

    6. stacy says:

      p.s. penelope’s hair is so long and beautiful!

    7. Shaela says:

      this is darling! I’m glad you found some inspiration :)

    8. I love this one! Beautiful shirt!!!!

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