Ellie & Mac, and a Summer Fun Giveaway!

Summer is finally here!

With school ending, I had some non-dedicated sewing time and decided it was high time to whip up a fun, summery outfit for my middle daughter (who is now a SECOND GRADER!) What says summer more than a cute halter top in a fun print? This is the Be Trendy Halter Top by Ellie and Mac, and I have a copy to give to a lucky reader! The skirt is SLPco’s free Gracie’s Pocket Skirt, and all three of the fabrics came from JoAnn Fabrics.

This super simple sew is fully lined and so quick. In fact, with the full lining, it wouldn’t take too much effort to alter the waistband so the top could be reversible (how fun would that be? Why didn’t I think of that sooner??) I don’t think this took me much more than an hour, including printing, taping, and cutting, and I am NOT a fast sewist. The ties are what takes longest, but it’s really worth it to take it slow and follow the instructions.

This one would even be cute by taking the straps down to make a criss cross back instead of the tie, if you’re so inclined. You could also make a casing to include some elastic along the back if you’d like to keep the back a little higher. The best part is that my little Ellie loves it!

For your chance to win a copy of Ellie and Mac’s Be Trendy Halter, like both the Sew and Tell Project and Ellie and Mac Patterns on Facebook, and leave a comment below! I’ll randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, June 14. Happy sewing!


  1. Angela Short | 11th Jun 17

    Very cute tank top! I like that it ties! So trendy! Have a wonderful day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

    • MadebyGenie | 15th Jun 17

      Thank you!

  2. Felicia Balezentes | 11th Jun 17

    That is a cute summer outfit! Love everything about it.

    • MadebyGenie | 15th Jun 17

      Thanks, friend! <3

  3. Diane | 11th Jun 17

    Cute top and I am also intrigued by the pocket skirt.

    • MadebyGenie | 15th Jun 17

      Thank you! The skirt is Gracie’s Pocket Skirt by Simple Life Pattern Company. They make such a cute outfit together! 🙂

  4. Ashlie olguin | 11th Jun 17

    Love it and reversible that is gonna look awesome

    • MadebyGenie | 15th Jun 17

      Thank you, and Congratulations!! You’re my pattern winner! Please confirm your email by sending a message to pookahbot AT gmail DOT com.

  5. Mimi Stewart | 11th Jun 17

    Love this pattern. Looks like a summer staple

    • MadebyGenie | 15th Jun 17

      Thank you!

  6. Brenda Clark | 12th Jun 17

    I think this halter top is “sew” adorable. I would love to make it for my 3 granddaughters, and the butterfly fabric is awesome……great summer time fun. Thanks

    • MadebyGenie | 15th Jun 17

      Thank you “sew” much 🙂

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