Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Golden Rippy Delilah Blog Tour, and a Giveaway!!

My turn, my turn!

I am so excited about Golden Rippy's Delilah top, I can't even tell you how much. Before this pattern, I'd successfully made myself a dress and a cardigan (which, actually, was semi-successful - it needs a bit of work). I'd unsuccessfully made a couple of other shirts...

btw: I received this pattern for free as part of the blog tour, but all opinions are, as always, my own

Because of the style of this pattern, I was eager to try it out! Looser fitting with dolman-esque sleeves - definitely my style, particularly right now. See, I'm at an awkward pregnancy stage, moving right along into maternity wear (at only 4.5 months, thank you third baby.) There's just not much that fits right, and I've been getting a bit anxious about the state of my pregnancy wardrobe for the remaining months.

According to the measurements, I was just going to fit an XL, at least in the chest. I figured, why not, I'll give it a shot as it is and adjust if needed! This gray top, with the half sleeves, is my "muslin" - but I'm thinking it's totally wearable for fall/winter, coming right up! (Yeah, yeah. Don't remind me either.)

I took an inch and a half off the band, because I knew I'd want it to be a little more fitted around the bottom for an ideal maternity shirt. (I'm thinking this might be a good top to try a little ruching on, too!) Other than that, I didn't change a thing the first time around - and I love it, I really do!

My fabric was a soft and comfy thrift store jersey knit sheet. ;) I imagine it's been through a few washes before, not counting the one I gave it, and wow, is that material soft. This top is just like snuggling a cozy blanket, and gray is such a comfortable color!

I look comfortable, right?
Second time around I thought I could use something a little more summer, since it's not over yet! Not to mention something a little prettier - gray is cozy and I love it, but I wouldn't call it "feminine", per se.
I found a remnant at Joann's of this beautiful floral print, and !!! - there was just barely enough for the top, and I manage to squeak out the hem band too! Perfect.

I played with adding another color for the neck/sleeves and maybe hem band, but nothing I had looked just right. So I called my twin needle into service - I had to fight with it a little bit, but the white thread blends in all right, and the only iffy spot is on the back of the neck (yay for long hair!) ;)

Simple hems on the neck and sleeves didn't take any longer than adding the bands the pattern calls for, and I still got my (slightly shortened, again) hem band in to make this shirt just as maternity friendly as the first!

That is my first baby, and she needs a Dahlia top.
Two more bloggers are up with me today on this tour, and the complete list is below if you've missed any - go check out all the posts, and all the beautiful Delilahs!

Don't forget to get all your chances in the giveaway, too - Rachel, the designer, will graciously gift two winners will each win TWO patterns from Golden Rippy! (If you have daughters, there's a matching Dahlia top available!)

Monday- July 28
A Vision To Remember
Tuesday- July 29
Cozy Cape Cottage
Gracious Threads
Wednesday- July 30
The Sewing Geek
Sprouting JubeJube
Thursday- July 31
My Taylor Made
Mimi's Mom
Rebel & Malice
Friday- Aug 1
Stitchwerx Designs
E-beth Designs
Saturday- Aug 2
Marmalade Forest
Ali Cat & Co
Sunday- Aug 3
Monday- Aug 4
Tuesday- Aug 5
Mae & K
The Crazy Tailor
Blogs Like A Mother
Wednesday- Aug 6
Bebe Lambs
Lady and the Gents


  1. So cute!!! It makes a great maternity shirt!

    1. Thank you! It really does, I was so happy with that discovery! Wasn't sure at all how it was going to work out but I LOVE it!