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I’m so glad with my decision to make my May Mash Up into a two-piece set from this dress pattern. This week I finish sewing the top potion and also complete the skirt part! Can’t wait to take this set for a spin once the weather warms up.

Step 1

Last week I ended off with stitching the side seam of my top, and now it’s time topstitch it!

Step 2

Once the seam allowances and sleeve openings were nice and press, from the right side I started from the hem and stitched on either side of the seam and then continued up and around the sleeve hems.

Step 4

After I finished my topstitching I serge-finished my bottom hem edge to my top and pressed up the allowance to the wrong side.

Step 5

The top is looking so good!

Step 6

At the bottom of the armhole opening at the side seam, I did a little stitch horizontally to secure the seam.

Step 7

Then from the right side at the hem I topstitched in place.

Step 8

At the shoulder seams I hand stitched the facings to the shoulder seam allowances – and that completes the top!

Step 9

Not it’s time for the skirt.

Step 10

I first serge-finished each side seam edge and stitched right sides together.

Step 11

Then I pressed my side seam allowances open.

Step 12

With both side seams sewn I measured the top opening circumference for the next step.

Step 13

I cut the strip I cut from the border of my green fabric to the waist skirt circumference plus seam allowance. I then stitched the ends together to make a circle and pressed in half wrong sides together.

Step 14

Matching up the waistband seam with one of the skirt side seams, I pinned the pressed band inside the skirt.

Step 15

I then stitched the bands to the skirt leaving an opening of about 2" to pull the elastic through.

Step 16

Once I pulled all my elastic through my band opening, I closed the elastic ends together by sewing a short seam and releasing back into the band. Then I stitched the initial 2" opening closed along the waistline and serge-finished around the entire seam.

Step 17

Lastly I serge-finished the hem and pressed up the allowance then topstitching in place.

Step 18

My two-piece summer set is done! When I purchased this fabric the lady cutting the green fabric for me suggested that I could also make a pair of matching earrings from one of the embellished flowers – and I just might have to do that. Going to photograph this outfit over the weekend and can’t wait to share it with you all next week.

Happy Sewing!

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    May 28, 2019, 10.37 AMby FluffyBottom

    So pretty! LOVE the colors you chose for the top and bottom. As a novice sewist, I’ve wondered how hard it might be to make some of the dresses just as tops or bottoms. Thank you for doing this!

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    May 23, 2019, 01.52 PMby Evmorales

    It is so gorgeous! I am actually wearing the dress you used here for the bodice! The first thing I thought when I finished is to make a top with the bodice. Thought of a peplum, and a simple shirt like you did! Can’t wait to make my hacks. Also, Can’t wait to see pictures of the whole outfit in action!

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