Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Fever Top!

I did it! I did it! I sewed and entered three tops for the Made by Rae Spring Top Sewalong!

This one is aptly named the Spring Fever Top. Why aptly? Is it because it's a chilly 43 degrees on May 9th and I am slightly bitter?


Is it because I'm super jealous that my brother and sister-in-law are in So Cal for the next two weeks doing nothing but snoozing by the pool and soaking up sunshine whilst I stare out the window at the endless, cold, cold rain?

Guess Again.

It's because I actually have spring fever. Except mine is called "Pneumonia".

And when my mother gets wind that I've been sewing and photo'ing and blogging when I am supposed to be RESTing... well. I better turn off the ringer.

But today is the entry deadline and I was not going to let a teeny weeny little lung infection stop me from entering this top. I've been literally dreaming (maybe it was a febrile siezure?) about this baby.

I don't generally look good in white (even my wedding dress had to be ivory. That is the only reason it wasn't white. I swear.). Yet white is such an iconic warm weather color. I have found that I can get away with white if there is a little somethin' somethin' to break up all the vast whiteness. I knew this lovely soft embroidered gauze would be perfect to sew up something summery.

I used Simplicity 4176. I omitted the pleats in the front and back. I also fully lined the bodice with white muslin since this fabric is fairly sheer. I added the channel and tie under the bodice as well. I stole the cute little silver beads on the ends of the ties from a purchased shirt that I don't wear often. I sewed my usual size 12 with no sizing alterations necessary. This is a nice pullover pattern for woven fabrics and it does not require a zipper. Yay!

I'm very happy with how this top turned out. I think it's my favorite! I'd also like to thank the pharmaceutical industry which made completing this challenge possible today. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nautical Top - Spring Top Sewalong

Spring Top #2! This is from Simplicity 3692, a Built By You pattern. This one just went out of print (all the Built by You patterns were retired, did you know that???), but you might still find it in the pattern bins if you look soon.

I LOVE this pattern! It's for knits and is more then just a basic tee-shirt. This is my favorite type of top to wear and I haven't found many patterns for this style. I adore the 3/4 length sleeve and the flattering neckline. It's little hard to see in the pictures, but there is a slight gather at the bust line which gives the top a little more interest as well.

The pattern makes a dress or tunic with several sleeve options. It's a breeze to sew, especially if you have a serger and coverstich.

I used medium weight cotton knits (both interlocks, I believe). The solid navy was likely a JoAnn pick up and the navy and sky blue stripe came from Chez Ami.

I took great care to match the stripes and the top came out beautifully! Thanks to reviews from, I knew to size down from my regular 12 to a 10. I did make the armholes a tad wider to compensate for the size down (bah. I have thick upper arms) and I also took a greater curve in the side seams to give it a little more shape. I think the resulting fit is fantastic and this is definitely something I will wear often.