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.


Meghan said...

love that one!!

Lynette said...

ooh, I like that one too!

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said...

I love 3/4 sleeves too! Your top is awesome. I really need to get over my "sewing knits phobia." ;)

jaya pratheesh said...

lovely top, looks great on you!
wonderful work.