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Anne of Green Gables Inspired Top – Mystery Blogger Challenge

So, a few months ago I started a sewing & crafts blogger group on Facebook after chatting with Sarah at The Crazy Tailor. It has grown quickly! I really enjoy chatting with the other bloggers, asking questions, and building some community between us all. I thought it would be fun to pair up and assign each other a mystery challenge — each blogger gave their partner a surprise theme to sew or craft from! Please visit all the other blogs linked at the bottom of the post to check out not only what they were tasked with, but what they made!

My partner was Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn — she gave me the theme of Anne of Green Gables!

I will admit I haven’t read any of the books in a few years but I truly loved them when I was younger. The idea of a ‘kindred spirit’ has always resonated with me and I identified with many of Anne’s trials and personality quirks. We moved to a different state when I was in sixth grade, and I found solace in sassy characters like Anne (with an e!) as I settled into a new town and new school.

One of my favorite quotes was/is:

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I love words! My husband always teases me for my vocabulary and I often find myself trying to edit my blog posts so that the phrasing is more accessible.  I guess I find it rewarding to use a word with a precise connotation and nuance, one that means exactly what I want to convey.

Anyways, by now it’s clear that I love Anne and her feisty, wordy ways! What I don’t love is Avonlea’s fashion trends. I never watched the movies, but I reread some descriptive passages, looked at Google Images and mapped out some of the themes: pintucks, florals, high collars, lace, puffed sleeves, and vests. Yikes! There isn’t much ‘prairie’ in my closet so I poked around my PDF pattern files for a little inspiration…and the Parisian top * from Go To Patterns saved the day!

Parisian Top 2 Swoodson Says

I was a second round tester for this top before it came out in the Pattern Anthology’s Just Add Jeans bundle; I love the tweaks that came through into the final pattern. For this version, I left the existing hem (purple material is another set of Target sheets*, I’m addicted!) instead of the band at the waist, and chopped about 3 inches off the sleeves so they ended above my elbow. (There is some pulling between my armpit & bust; I’d love to hear if you have any altering ideas to address that! It is a common problem in my closet from both store-bought and handmade clothes.)

Parisian Top Back Swoodson Says

I love that you can use a woven fabric for the collar, it’s like the best of both worlds! The wind while taking these pictures was ridiculous; the collar lays really nicely and the directions for the process were clear and easy.

Parisian Top Side - Swoodson Says

Side shot! The gathered sleeve cap is subtle, but I really like it.

I like to think it has some Anne in it, with a modern twist!

I also have a confession. I didn’t finish part of my vision! Anne is often described in the beginning of the series as clutching a carpet bag, with all her belongings. I thought it would be fun to make a modern carpet bag and use it as a library book bag, ordered this pattern: Sew Liberated Carpet Bag *, and then ordered the purse frame off Etsy. I didn’t factor in how long it would take for the frame to ship from Hong Kong, which bumped my whole plan out of whack. I finally have all the supplies, and will share it once I’m done!

Do you remember reading Anne of Green Gables as fondly as I do? Are you disappointed I didn’t make something with a high, frilly collar?

Please click over and check out everyone else’s themes and projects! I am really excited to see what everyone else made.


Becca at Becca Duval Photography & Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty

Meriel at Create 3.5 & Amy at Friends Stitched Together

 Kelly at Kelly J Designs

Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)

Shawnta at Shawnta Sews & Jessica at Make Me Crafty

Tasha at Friends Stitched Together & Irene at Sugaridoo

Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn & Stephanie at Swoodson Says


PS- you can see an outtake of this outfit on Instagram!

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This Post Has 26 Comments
  1. Love that shirt on you! Anne was my girl when I was younger!!! I had the entire series of 8 books. I wonder would Boogie go for that? Probably too tame as she devours all the Hunger Game and Divergent series. I’m more disappointed that you didn’t put your hair in pigtails 😉

    1. Thanks!! You should totally see if she will give the first book a try – I like Hunger Games, Divergent, and Anne of Green Gables all at the same time so maybe she will too ha!! And oh man, I missed the boat with the pigtails 🙂

  2. I love it! Definitely evokes “Anne” but it’s current – and I can’t wait to see your carpetbag! I was (and still am!) a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables – I reread the books once or twice a year 🙂

  3. Finally making it around to see everyone’s projects. I must say I am in love with yours! I considered getting this pattern and now I must. Just gorgeous! Thanks for setting everything up too!

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