Say it With Flowers…just for Me!

Welcome to new and old friends! This has been a fantastic week of projects to see at the Say it With Flowers blog hop with our star cheerleaders, Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt! and Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. This is a very international group because they opened sign-ups to those outside of North America a day early. Fortunately I got in–I live in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, about 100 km east of Toronto.

I love flowers, I have a huge garden where anything goes–I mix perennials, annuals, and edibles in a big happy family. This past week I planted tomatoes and cucumbers. We also have a pear tree, strawberries, black raspberries, mulberries, and a herb garden. I hope you’ll browse around my site and see what else there is to see.

Of course flowers are an often-used motif in quilting and fabric design, so this theme is easy to follow. I had to think for only a day or two before I remembered the precious floral fabric I had bought from Mad About Patchwork back in January.

Presenting…just for me…my Washi tunic! The fabric is Madrona Road by Violet Craft, which is my absolute favourite.
(I’m so excited, I haven’t made clothing for myself for ages).
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This is a cute pattern (you can buy your own pattern here), and there is a lot of ways to customize it and make it unique to you. I chose to do a short sleeve (borrowed from another pattern) and add a faux cuff, which I will show you how to do here.

When cutting, make sure your sleeve hem allows 1-1/4″ to 1-1/2″. Turn back the raw edge about 1″ to 1-1/8″. Press.
sleeve cuff 1

Turn it back again, enclosing the raw edge, and press.

sleeve cuff 2

Sew the this fold with a 1/4″ seam, making sure the raw edge stays encased.

sleeve cuff 3

Turn the second fold back down and press. I also tacked the faux cuff in place at the underarm.
**(giveaway now closed)**

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  1. You look lovely in your new top – Great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. jbawsew · ·

    Love your Washi top! My last project was a table stand quilt for June. Very fast to make. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

  3. Lisa, I just LOVE your Washi tunic! It’s adorable. I’ve seen the pattern before but just didn’t think about adding sleeves (I am soooo past the years of going sleeveless..haha). Thanks for the tute! It’s been ages since I’ve sewn a piece of clothing for myself…I think you just inspired me….thanks so very much for sharing!!!! The last project I completed was….well…I should say it was my project for this hop…alas…while the design and applique is completed…I’m still trying to decide on the finished size…so, I guess it was my projects for the “birds” blog hop…a little mini for my mom…it took me about 4 days. Thanks again for a wonderful post!

    1. I made the muslin with the cap sleeves but my wobbly arms needed to be covered up…and I think the faux cuff adds a nice feature.

  4. How refreshing. Thank you for sharing with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love the top, I am to nervous to make something for myself but I love sewing for my daughter. I am almost finished with a project, just have to make button holes, my first time so a little nervous.

  6. Very nicely done! I’ve seen the Washi pattern many times and have been tempted to purchase it.

  7. Very pretty! I love Madrona Road. This is a really nice pattern. Thank you for sharing. The last thing I completed was my flower table quilt. The actual sewing and quilting took me 2-3 days … the design process took a little longer … ๐Ÿ™‚ Pat

  8. buntyw · ·

    What a great top! I love this pattern but I haven’t made clothes for a long time! The last thing I made was a kaleidoscope quilt which I’m currently binding – I started it about two years ago at a workshop!
    Thank you for sharing!

  9. LOVE your tunic! I love wearing tops that do not fit tight around the tummy… Gonna head over and check out that pattern!

    1. I will put up a post next week sharing my fitting process and pattern review.

  10. Your tunic is adorable ! I love the pattern…darn, now i have to make one for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It is very comfortable and cool for summer, you will love it.

  11. Very nice top. I haven’t sewn garments in years – no wait! My oldest daughter has me sew for her from time to time and I guess that counts. Last project completed? I sew for a living, so I don’t count. But I sure enjoyed seeing your blog post today. Thanks so much!

  12. Nice top! I haven’t made any clothes in over 16 years. I don’t think I have the patience to do it anymore.

  13. Your top is top :>)


  14. wow!! that is lovely; I just love the color in your top

  15. That is a lovely top. The last project I completed was the one for this hop – I am on Monday! It is from the book Patchwork Please and I adore it. No more details until next week though!

  16. Mdm Samm · ·

    your top is really nice…love the pattern you chose and the fabric suits you to a T

  17. Just wonderful….love your top and the garden!

  18. You’re top is cute and you look cute in it !

  19. Beautiful top. The last project I made was the Savannah bag I made for my daughter. I just posted it on my blog. It took me about 3 days to make.

    1. I will check it out, thanks for stopping by.

  20. Your top is so cute and it is so nice to see you being the model. Thanks for sharing

  21. Beautiful top! Hmmm, I start a whole lot more than I complete but these hops give us motivation to do so…don’t they!

  22. What a cute tunic. I love the way you finished the sleeves. I just finished the little tulip bowls that are on my hop today. They are really cute and easy to make. I made all 5 in a couple of hours–shouldn’t have taken me that long if I had read the instructions completely. LOL

  23. I Like your top. Very pretty. I am working on another purse. Its taking me forEVER to just cut it out. I don’t remember my last project. I make a lot of little things for my family.

  24. Such a cute top…nice and comfy looking! I’ll have to check out that pattern. Thanks for the tutorial and for hopping with us. :O)

  25. Lovely top in a pretty fabric! I have long forsaken garment sewing for quilting but have been getting the itch to make up some summer shorts and tops lately rather than buy them. May not happen but considering it!

    Last thing some accessories that will go in the Tammy bag for the NEXT hop. Almost forgot about those and said my Spool Flowers this blog hop entry.

    1. I will look forward to your Tammy bag post!

  26. You made yourself a beautiful blouse. I didn’t sew cloths for a long time. I was thinking of making myself a blouse or two a little while back…but ended up with another quilt. LOL Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Both are great forms of creativity. Thanks for stopping by!

  27. You are definately the belle of the ball. Love your new duds!

  28. What a pretty tunic! My last project was a sun dress for my little niece. It took me a couple of hours, but was very easy to make.

    1. I love making kids clothes too.

  29. Pretty tunic!
    I finished u pa few mug rugs as birthday gifts for the month of June:)

  30. vicki seals · ·

    I finished up some goody bags for my nieces and nephews. Love your top. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

  31. Love your garden. Such a nice new top *jealous*. I haven’t sewn my own clothes in years. My last finished project was a counted cross stitch light house for my MIL. It took 2-3 years =\

  32. Lisa, I’ve been thinking about that pattern as a good non wrinkling pattern for quilting cottons. Due to the way the fabric hangs. Do you agree? Love the use of madrona road.

    1. I washed it yesterday and put it in the dryer and I don’t think I can wear it without ironing it first. However, the minor wrinkles during wear are acceptable.

  33. Oh ,that suits you well! Lovely top!

  34. Margaret Parks · ·

    Such a lovely top, very pretty on you. Nice work and great tutorial.Thanks for sharing.

  35. CeLynn · ·

    Looks great on you! I am planing on trying to make myself a few tops this summer.

    1. Thanks, I’m going to put up a post next week about my fitting process.

  36. Cherry · ·

    Love your cute top!!

  37. Your top looks great. I love scraps; great idea for a giveaway!

  38. Your top is very cute. I think the last project i completed was for the It’s for the Birds. It was a wonky log cabin pillow. Anyway – thanks for the giveaway.

  39. I too love your top! I should get some of that fabric for a top too, it is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Lovely! The pattern and the fabric! Love those tulips too, beautiful colors!

    1. Thanks, I agree the pattern shows off the fabric well.

  41. Beautiful blouse- love it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by.

  42. Sandra Davidson · ·

    A lovely top and the color really suits you . Thanks for sharing and giving the tutorial, by the way I live in Stratford about 70 miles from Toronto the other way!

    1. (Waving hi!) I went to school in Waterloo! Thanks for stopping by.

  43. Great tunic! I love the lines of the top….great job! And I love those selvedges…..I’ve been collecting them….waiting for the perfect project. Thanks so much for sharing!

  44. evelyn · ·

    I really like your top. I haven’t sewn clothes in years. Just bought a pattern for a nightie for my 2 year old grand daughter. Could be a new start-back to clothing.

  45. Your top is wonderful, as is your garden!

  46. A super sweet tunic you made for this bloghop! The last project I made was a threadcatcher, I took me 1 to 2 hours. Thanks for sharing.

  47. […] So I talked myself into jumping in with both feet–since I was running out of time to get my tunic made in time for the Say it with Flowers blog hop. […]

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