Sunday, July 08, 2012
Well, about a week ago I made a pair of shorts and then discovered that I had NO tops that would go with them. I saw this pattern in my little box of "to-do soon" patterns and grabbed the piece of linen in the color called "chardonnay"
As you can see at the left, I also changed the button placement on this one. Wow - I'm really stepping out of the box now (LOL) Also, I turned the bias binding completely in to the inside instead of wrapping it around the top. Not because I was being creative, but because I didn't read the directions very well! Because of this wider binding, I used two rows of topstitching around the neck and armholes.
I decided to look at some reviews on PR and got inspired by one review in particular. Look at what this clever girl did with this pattern!! This is from a review by ACBrown28. She has some interesting details about this pattern on her blog (and she's a funny writer too!)
Anyway, I was very inspired by her versions and went on to version 2.
For this version I used a piece of cotton I had picked up last year from Beverly's. They mostly sell quilting cotton, but this piece is a bit lighter weight and has a nicer hand and drape. I bought it to make something for my daughter, but she hated the print. I like it.
I like the sleeves because they have a little pleat and nice shape.
I also added a casing for waist elastic. I used bias tape and 1/4" elastic. Next time I need to move the elastic down about 3/4" Next time? Yes, there will be a next time. I also discovered on version one that I could easily slip this over my head and did not need the button front. So, version 2 here has a fake placket down the front and those buttons do nothing but adorn the blouse. They aren't really the buttons I wanted to use, but since I just had foot surgery, I couldn't run to the store to get something else. It's all about stash-diving right now!
Parting shot: I just had foot surgery on both of my feet less than two weeks ago. Even though I have to keep my feet up a lot, I'm still finding time to sew! When I'm not sewing, this little Emma keeps me entertained!