It was only a matter of time before I sewed some of my doilies onto a top for Lil. I love how it turned out. The white doily was sewn on with the sewing machine but the pink and green ones were a little too "lacy" to hide the stitches so I hand sewed those down. Do you think I could get away with a top like this for myself?!!
I was browsing Flickr one night and was inspired by this cute top. I thought I could do something similar with some circles and hand stitching. When I started digging through my scraps though, I ended up choosing a heap of solid colours and loved the way they looked together. I played around with having the buttons sitting on different colours and it looked really funky but decided to go for a more subtle approach with the buttons hiding on similar coloured circles.
I often get people emailing me asking where I get my plain long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops from. All of mine come from Target or Kmart. Depending on where you live and how well stocked your store is will depend on how easily they are to come across. They seem to be around more often than they were a year or so ago though. Because we live in a country area, our stores are quite small and not well stocked. Every time I go shopping (which isn't very often!) I look out for plain tops and always buy two or three in various sizes or colours. Now I have a plain top drawer that is VERY well stocked ready to make tops for my kids or presents for friends.
Check out how big my baby girl is now!! She will be 3 in one month and every day seems to be that little bit older - much easier to get along with and reason with now and slowly emerging from her ratty 2-year old stage :)
P.S. I'm more than happy for you to use any of my applique ideas for your own personal use!