Monday, July 29, 2013

Carousel top at the beach

We went to the beach here in Anchorage and I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for a t-shirt I made Abi.  She actually wears this shirt all the time, so getting a good picture of it should not be as hard as it has been.
Carousel Top pattern review

The shirt is the Carousel Top from Go to Patterns.  It is essentially a t-shirt but it has a cute little key hole in the back for interest.  The pattern has instructions for a button closure option, but I found it to be really unnecessary with the size of Abi's head. 

Carousel Top pattern review

I used a textured knit in pink and white stripes.  It is a very lightweight fabric and is perfect for the summer.

Carousel Top pattern review

  Another nice detail is that the front shoulder is gathered.  It gives a sweet feminine touch.  To stabilize the seam and gathers the pattern instructs you to sew the gathers to a strip of stay tape.  I used some left over grosgrain ribbon.  I frequently use clear elastic to stabilize the shoulders of knit tops, but stay tape is a better option for these gathers.  I would not recommend deviating from the pattern instructions this time.

Carousel Top pattern review

The beach we went to is one of the few 'sandy' beaches around here.  Most of the coastline goes straight up to rocky shores.  And the sand is not normal sand.  The beaches are really mud flats full of glacial silt.  The mudflats are actually very dangerous, so we do not go out on them.  They can act as quick sand and people die as they get stuck out there when the tide comes in.  But, like I said, this is a safer and sandy area for the kids to play.  They had a great time.

Anchorage, Alaska beaches

Anchorage, Alaska beaches
Anchorage, Alaska harbor

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  1. What a lovely shirt for the summer. I really like the keyhole in the back! Thanks for sharing today.

  2. Very nice! That knit has such a fun texture! and I am so jealous that your in Alaska. The coast looks lovely.
    Thanks for sharing.
    with love,

    1. Thank you. We are really enjoying the Anchorage area. The mountains come right up to the coast which gives amazing views all over the place. ~ Major Moma


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