Well, it just wouldn't be Friday if I wasn't skating in late with my Thrifty Thursday post!!! At this point, I might as well make a joke about it ;)
Before I get started, I thought I would tell you a little story. My grandmother made the best pie crusts. One day, I decided that I wanted to make a pie, so I gave her a call and asked for the recipe. We lived in Illinois, and she in Texas, so it wasn't like I could pop over for a little instruction. But, she assured me that I should have no problem with making the crust. I followed her instructions, thinking that I too would have a perfect pie crust. Once I had it all together, I rolled it out on wax paper just as she would do, and then....I couldn't get it off the wax paper. I was so upset and ended up shaking the wax paper which meant that the pie crust went everywhere. What did I think, that the pie crust would actually feel bad about not coming off the wax paper??? Have you ever been so upset with something that you felt that you wanted to shake out your frustrations?
Some time back, I found a cute summer hat pattern on the Martha Stewart website that I thought would be great for a Thrifty Thursday post. Well, it wasn't. It was the most poorly drafted pattern that I have ever seen. Now, most of you know that I do not like to speak badly about a pattern, and if I don't like something, I just move on, and that's what I did with that pattern, But to be honest, I was rather aggravated with the good people at Martha Stewart as I felt that they had the expertise to do better. Now, I tell you this as the Martha Stewart team has redeemed themselves as I found this pattern for a peasant top/dress, and I really liked it with 1 exception and it's an easily fixed exception.
The pattern comes in sizes small/medium/large. It has 2 length options, a dress or a top, and there are 3 sleeve length options. You can find the free downloadable pattern HERE.
I did say earlier that I had 1 issue with the pattern, albeit, not a big issue, but it is with the hem of the sleeve.
The sleeve pattern is below. You can see how the hem of the sleeve has a curved hem which allows for the graceful aspect of the sleeve.
You will need to extend the front of the sleeve 1/2" to coordinate with the front, and blend the line back into the sleeve hemline.Now when the front and back are matched up at the hemline, there will be a smooth line that can be turned up for the elastic casing.
All in all, I liked the pattern. It was very easy to put together. You could leave it as a plain piece like I did, or you can embellish the top and make it unique. Other than the small "V" issue on the underarm seam of the sleeve, the people at Martha Stewart have redeemed themselves with this pattern.
Now for my shoes. I just got these and I think they are so cute! Believe it or not, they're from Payless. Just in case you're interested, HERE'S a link :)