Sewvivor 2013

Sewvivor 2013

Darn, I didn’t make the cut for Sewvivor! Next year, it’s on like Donkey Kong!

Here was my entry in case you missed it.

Hi yal, thanks for stopping by to see my Sewvivor entry!

For my piece, I made a ruffled tunic top and denim jeans.

I planned on entering something totally different, but I recently had the pleasure of pattern testing for Heidi from Elegance and Elephants.

When I saw her ruffle tunic all sewed up with my beautiful vintage floral fabric- I knew this had to be my entry. Heidi graciously allowed me to show my project a little early for this competition. Thank goodness- because I would’ve lost all my pride and begged her if she said no! I completely fell in love with it.

The pattern will be available to purchase soon, so keep an eye out! It also includes 2 dress versions. You want this pattern. One of my favorite features is this adorable keyhole button loop in back.

For the jeans I used McCalls 6390 with modifications.

I made a button fly front.

I completely destroyed the zip fly (oops- judges, pretend you didn’t read that!) so I got to use some vintage buttons I’ve been hoarding. Don’t you love it when you have a project worthy of your vintage finds? These buttons remind me of strawberry sorbet. Why does everything remind me of food?!

I had enough scraps left over to add this detail to the pockets.

I seriously debated whether or not to enter Sewvivor. Mostly because photography really counts, and I’m no photographer! I’m also not real confident about my sewing skills, since I just came back from a 10 year hiatus. Im barely even a blogger! But you know what? You never know if you don’t try.

So here we go!

The fabric I used for the ruffled tunic is light, soft, and flowy. It has a delicate floral print with lavender, yellow, kelly green & teal, and peach on a cream background. It’s a textile lovers dream.

The airiness of the fabric is the perfect medium for the shoulder ruffles.

Heidi’s pattern allows for lots of movement and there’s plenty of ease for my girl to move around in.

For the jeans I used this peachy colored denim. They have zero stretch. I was completely prepared to gift these to a skinny child if they didn’t fit properly.

But my Bella is able to move and bend just fine, as you can see! Im real funny about ease in my daughters garments. So I’m very pleased with this pattern too.

What makes me the most happy is- this outfit will get a ton of wear.

And since I made it I know it won’t fall apart.

I hope you enjoyed my entry for Sewvivor 2013!

If you liked the ruffle top, you should see the Bubble Pocket Shorts I made with Heidi’s latest pattern! Both patterns are available to purchase at Elegance and Elephants.

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Theresa

    Really cute, I am working on this same pattern and it is giving me a time. Did you have any problems with the front being shorter then the back because they added the yoke in the back? Can you give me some tips on how to get this done right? I have completed everything except the band, it does not line up like it is suppose to. I love this pattern I just wished they would have made made the band fit better then it is fitting.
    Once I have completed the band I will add some belt loops and I will have the jeans completed. I am working with some thick denim if that helps. Thank you.

  2. Hannah Smith

    Shame about the Sewvivor but hey, at least you have one pretty awesome creation out of it!I kinda want this whole outfit in grown up sizes, including the boots :D xXx

  3. gina

    you chose the most beautiful fabric for that pattern! Perfect match and you did a great job with the whole outfit!

    • Amy

      Thanks Gina. I adore that fabric! I hate that the light colors & small print don’t photograph well.

      • gina

        i think the close up shots you began with helped to get the fabric in my mind. it is the cutest ruffle top i have seen
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  4. Pam

    I LOVE the detail on the back pockets, Amy and how it ties the whole outfit together, yet they can still be worn separately. I bought the ruffle top patten a couple of days ago… such a sweet top.


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