It’s raining here on the Central Coast of California and that’s a good thing. My issue is that my completed projects are stacking up as I’ve been waiting for some appropriate photo taking weather. I finally broke down and just went with the weather we have.
I’ve decided to start off the year by filling in some gaps in my closet. I’m in need of solid colored tops. I am attracted to prints when I’m shopping for fabric. The problem with that is they are not as versatile as solids. One top I realized I needed was a simple “shell” to wear with suit jackets or cardigans. Vogue 9006 View A had some nice seaming details and a draped front neckline that caught my attention.
My sister gave me this rayon shantung that had been in her stash FOREVER. The fabric is not sheer but definitely not opaque so I decided to sew French seams throughout. The pattern called for a 1.25″ hem. I wanted a narrow hem so I shortened the pattern by 1″ as this top is plenty long. I omitted the armscye facings and chose to go with bias binding instead. Another change I made was to cut the back on the fold. The center seam would be great if you wanted to create some shaping.
I also raised the armscye by 3/4″. I read reviews about this pattern that mentioned an issue with the armscye being too big. I used a pattern piece from a blouse I love to make the change.
The biggest change I made was to cut the front center piece on the bias. I came to this conclusion after sewing my first version of this top. Oh, did I forget to mention the first top that went straight to Goodwill once it was finished? The front center piece is cut on the fold. I never gave it a second thought until I tried on the top and the drape was weird. I stared at it and fiddled with it and then it dawned on me, the front needs to be on the bias! Luckily I had enough fabric to cut another top.
The pattern includes two other tops. Both have fronts that are cut on the bias.
This top serves its purpose by filling a void in my closet. I can see a printed silk version in my future. For now I need to focus on solids.
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I purchased this boucle with a slight crosswise stretch from Fabric Mart a few years ago. I always pictured a very simple top in this fabric. When I saw this top in the November 2015 Burda Style magazine I knew I had found what I was looking for.
I like the zipper detail on the left shoulder and the addition of ribbon as a decorative feature. The pattern called for petersham ribbon but all I could find was grosgrain, so I went with that.
The pattern also mentions using a 5″ zipper. I tried that but it left too much of a gap near the neck. I used a 6″ zipper instead and am very happy with the result. The extra 1″ allowed the zipper stop to be closer to the sleeve head and the zipper tab to go within about 1/8″ of the neck seam.
The front has darts that I consider to be very well placed in order to help with the fit of this top. My boucle does not show the darts well so here is a line drawing of the top.
I added 1″ to the length of this top. Other than that I made my usual size 34. I like the fit of this top and felt comfortable in it all day. I think the bit of stretch in my fabric helps this top feel comfortable as it is pretty snug.
I would like to make the dress pictured in the magazine as well as a sleeveless version of this top. Yes, I’m that pleased with this pattern.
This was a simple project, perfect for this time of year where we seem to be even shorter on time than we normally are.
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It is no surprise that the Sewaholic Renfrew top was “A Best Pattern of 2012” on PatternReview.com. There’s so much to like about this pattern.
The pattern offers three neckline variations as well as three sleeve variations. The pattern comes with all sizes in one envelope; 0-16. I made size 4. Pattern details available here.
The pattern is for knits but if you don’t have a serger you can still whip this one up easily. It offers 5/8″ seams and banded hems for the sleeves and body. I sewed the top with the knit stitch on my regular machine followed by a three-thread stitch on my serger.
The fashion knit is a remnant from Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, Quebec. I love their fabric selection and always stock up when I’m visiting that area.
This is my fourth version of this pattern and it won’t be my last. The top is a quick and satisfying project.
Here are my previous three tops:
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