Naughty Bobbin Patterns – Presto Popover Top

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For me this time of year calls for an easy project that gives me a sense of sewing satisfaction. I’ve had this pattern in my stash ever since it was introduced. My closet can always use new tops so I decided it was time to whip up a Presto Popover top. The name makes it sound like a fun project. I’m here to tell you that it is. I was so pleased with my first top that I couldn’t stop at just one.

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This pattern was designed with ITY or similar knits in mind. Because the front is doubled it would be a great pattern for a thin or burnout knit. The black and white floral pictured above is an ITY knit that is on the thin side. I like the way the neck drapes. You can see that the top shown below is a thicker ITY knit and the collar doesn’t drape in the same way. I like that you can achieve different looks depending on the weight of your fabric.

There is a front middle seam on this top. If you have a print that needs matching, Naughty Bobbin Patterns offers a tutorial on how to make a medallion print Presto. Figuring out how to attach the neck to the back caused me a bit of head scratching, but once a fellow sewist sent me pictures of the inside of her finished top I was good to go. The pattern is very well explained but I was having trouble visualizing that step.  I’ve included pictures of the “insides” of my top at the bottom of this post.

Construction of this top is clever and yields a nice clean finish on the inside. This pattern takes about two hours to make from the time you cut it out until it is completed.

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The blue top shown below is made with a wool jersey. I like the way you can fold the collar on this version. There will be many many more Presto Popover tops in my closet. It is a stylish basic top that is fun to sew.

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Inside front: You have the opportunity to adjust the depth of the V-Neck while sewing the center front seam.

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Inside back: Notice the clean finish where the neck is attached to the back. Sewing it reminded me of the burrito method used in other patterns I’ve sewn.

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This photo shows off my label. I ordered labels from The Dutch Label Shop about six months ago. Here is why they look the way they do:

  • Pink: Because it is my favorite color.
  • Hearts: Because I love to sew.
  • A La Mode: Translates to fashionable in French. I’m from Quebec and studied Fashion Merchandising in college so I thought that captured a part of my life.
  • Moore Mary font: It is the font used for the Mary Tyler Moore show. My favorite show because I wanted to be her. I would have been torn if they had also offered the font for That Girl.
  • Montreal – San Francisco: I grew up near Montreal and now I live near San Francisco.

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10 thoughts on “Naughty Bobbin Patterns – Presto Popover Top

  1. Lucy, your versions are great! The border print sleeve is my favorite! I made several of these last year and agree that the burrito method was so brilliant. Such a nice finish on the inside.

  2. I love a knit top with an interesting neckline. These look like they will serve you well in your climate. I like all your versions but the one with the border print is my favorite. Send it my way if you ever get tired of it. 😉

  3. I love your Presto! Tops! It is such a great pattern. I recently made the Presto! for the first time and indulged in quite a bit of head-scratching. It was the front sections that confused me, but once I understood the process, it seemed so obvious. Your fabric choices are great and the tops are very flattering on you.

    I really like how much thought you put into your labels.

    I loved the MTM show and That Girl!

  4. I agree that it is a great pattern and that all your versions look very different due to the different weights and patterns of the fabrics you chose. I had to comment on your label font choice, too! Just today I was thinking of the old series, “That Girl” and thinking how much I loved it when it was on and what a shame it didn’t last longer than it did. For me, as a teen, Marlo Thomas was my ideal. But, i also love Mary Tyler Moore and she had a longer run in her tv career. So, I can sympathize with your being torn between the two ladies! LOL! Thanks for sharing the great pattern and your lovely versions and your inspiration for your great labels.

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