this project makes me smile in more ways than one. i had thought that this top could be lengthened into a dress for some time. i hesitated for so long, because i felt the that resulting dress would need a slip. not sure that i would relish wearing a slip on very hot days...it remained a top...a well-worn and therefor well washed top. so when the extra fabric needed to lengthen it came, at first i thought that the dye lot was totally different. then i realized that my top had probably started out the same colors as the new fabric, but much fading had occurred. so...it's sort of funny in that way. it is obvious that the fabrics are not perfectly matched.
the original top was made by altering the schoolhouse tunic pattern by sew liberated. in order to make this newest alteration, i simply added another tier of fabric after removing the hem from the top. quick and easy.
i have to take this opportunity to extoll the virtues of liberty fabric. i was first attracted to the colors and patterns of the fabric. living so close to the amazing liberty store for a bit was quite a temptation, but the price of the fabric kept me from too much indulgence. tana lawn is soft and tightly woven, but what i am struck with lately is its incredible durability. i have worn this top for five or six years and it has held up beautifully. this is not delicate fabric. this is quality...and worth every penny.