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Spring Tunic, Sports Cakes and a Pot of Gold

This is my latest maternity top. I’m so excited about this! The white fabric is from one of my husband’s old work shirts. Again, I added an extra four or so inches on each size to accommodate my growing belly. This should last through the end of May! Unlike the one I made two weeks ago, I added the pocket back on to this one. 

I do apologize that you don’t get the full effect of a maternity top on a mannequin – but at least I know it will look acceptable post-baby. 

So, why the ruffles?

That is why the ruffles. Ok, working in radio had a few perks – free crap shirts. Mostly t-shirts, but I scored a few tank tops along the way as well. This particular red beauty is one of those ribbed tanks that only looks good on you if you have 3% body fat and you’re petite. I’ve never worn it. Since I want to wear this tunic to work, this… logo was just not working for me. Funny how you cannot get this iron-on stuff off when you need/want it gone. So, I opted to cover it with ruffles. Knits are funny, I had another ruffle design in mind, but with the way the fabric stretches just didn’t make sense. 

I’m pretty excited to wear this. Yay spring!

This tunic was this weekend’s project – last weekend I made a football cake with my Big Top Cupcake pans, as well as two baseball cupcakes. Michelle’s twins turned one this week, and she wanted extra messy cakes for photos. The football is half white and half chocolate, filled with vanilla filling. The cupcakes are chocolate, filled with chocolate filling. Delicious!

I cannot tell you how much I love my Big Top Cupcake pans. Even Brian, who doesn’t eat cake, suggests ideas for cakes. This next one was his idea: Pot of Gold cake!

I used the BTC bottom with the filling insert (it creates a dip in the cake, where you would put filling etc), then used the remaining batter in a regular 8in pan. 

For gold, I used chocolate chips cookies and frosted them with yellow frosting. That wasn’t going to be enough, they needed to have some sort of  “gold coin” lure to them. Michaels had an excellent selection of cake embellishments – I thought about using one of those powders, but then I found a clear/gold/glitter gel that was perfect for detailing. The tip was a bit bigger than I was hoping, but I put fun swirls on each cookie. Unlike buttercream, the gel never dried, so it was kinda weird to stack them together. But it tasted delicious still.

A slightly closer look! Nice and sparkly!

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Spring Ruffle Top

This may be my favorite top to date! I joined the Flickr group Build Your Wardrobe, Summer 2009 and was inspired by all the other entries! 

Want to make your own? Visit the Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial!

 

Plucked from Moms quilting fabrics. I felt kinda bad about using the colorful starbursts from Mark Lipinski because my mother LOVES that fabric. I left a little for her to use, and the other day we went and found it in black/white/gray.

Plucked from Mom's quilting fabrics. I felt kinda bad about using the colorful starbursts from Mark Lipinski because my mother LOVES that fabric. I left a little for her to use, and the other day we went and found it in black/white/gray.

 

 

This is the first photo I took of the top. Looks great right? I love pockets. After the photo, I went to try the shirt on. I SEWED THE POCKETS ON THE WRONG SIDE. Its funny how quickly the seam ripper becomes your BFF.

This is the first photo I took of the top. Looks great right? I love pockets. After the photo, I went to try the shirt on. I SEWED THE POCKETS ON THE WRONG SIDE. It's funny how quickly the seam ripper becomes your BFF.

 

Here is the shirt, with the pockets on the correct side. Its beautiful.

Here is the shirt, with the pockets on the correct side. It's beautiful.

I plan on making like a trillion more of these. You should too.