2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

April 5, 2010

SECOND DRESS, FIRST TOP...

On Saturday I worked on this dress that I had started the week before. Although the SPRING MONTH OF TOPS officially started on April 1st, I have this UNWRITTEN RULE that I must try my best to complete anything that I've already started before embarking on a new project. So I finished what started out a wearable muslin late Saturday afternoon AFTER A THIRD ATTEMPT TO HEM IT. That's right three hems! There was something really different with this knit that I couldn't get a decent hem - the stitching was just wonky. I even tried doing a zigzag hem and it was wonky too. So after talking with my friend Lisa, I took her advise and used Steam-A-Seam Lite and then got a perfect hem.

Like I said, initially, this was to be a wearable muslin just to try the pattern out before using it on some of my Vogue fabric that I picked up at the sewing expo last month. Well, that will never happen with this pattern. Although I call myself an advanced beginner, I had the hardest time deciphering the pattern instructions. The instructions for the tucks/pleats just didn't make sense. I ended up JUST DOING IT MY WAY, and making up my own directions. Although I was able to produce a wearable muslin - suitable for a run to the store, a shopping trip, or maybe even a back yard cookout, I will not be making this pattern again.

This is a picture of my first Spring Month of Tops project. It's made from McCall's 5884, a pattern I bought last year but never got around to making up. I used a piece of fabric from the scrap box that I made a top from last summer. Since that top was gifted to one of my Sisters, I thought I'd make up another style for myself.

This top went together easily, and was a nice one day project - which I need some times. I didn't have enough fabric to cut the collar/tie on the bias, but I had no problems getting it attached properly. I also liked the self fabric bias cut facing for the armholes. I really like the style, but was surprised at the amount of designer ease in the pattern. I think I would like to make this pattern up again - maybe one of the sleeved versions, but I think I'd remove just a little of the ease.

Now I'm off to choose patterns and fabric for dress #3, and top #2......

25 comments:

  1. You may not have followed the directions for the dress but it looks fantastic, so what ever you did, it was right :)

    Beautiful top too!

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  2. First of all I think you're long past being an advanced beginner (smile)---with all of the great stuff you do you definitely must upgrade yourself!!! I love both the top and blouse. Good tip on the knit hem. I sew alot of knit and you do run into those that have to be stabilized. Can't wait to see the rest of tops you sew!

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  3. Both the dress and the top look great! Did you get one of your students to photograph the top?

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  4. Oohh, your top is lovely!

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  5. I love this print on you. Last night I pulled out a BWOF pattern that is very similar that I was thinking of making in purple. I cut out three tops last night, maybe I should join this Month of Tops?

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  6. Both garments look lovely.You look so spring ready.

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  7. I really like that top. The fabric is fabulous!

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  8. Both pieces look great. I love your beads and dress together! I agree -- I think of you as way past advanced beginner.

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  9. Beginner?? you?? no way!!
    Great top, I love it.

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  10. What a gorgeous and sophisticated top! You did a great job :)

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  11. Linda - we have to talk!!! First I love this dress! Love love love it. Can we say "chicken run" or "fabric dash". I also love the top. Very breezy!

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  12. I mean it matches the jewelry and shows some leg. I have got to see this in person as well as have you try it on! Okay enough babbling.

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  13. Bummer about the dress! It looks like your way of putting it together got some great results, but it's a shame when it doesn't feel great to wear. Your top came out nicely!

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  14. Really cute top. It's looks great on you. I love the print and tie. I have the pattern, so I'll have to try it out.

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  15. I love your top and dress. You are getting so speedy! These challenges are really working for you. I can't wait until I get good enough to start whipping stuff up this fast.

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  16. Your top is gorgeous. I was very pleased to see how well it has turned out because I have got this pattern - seeing yours has made me push it much higher up on my (very long) 'to do' list.

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  17. Great first top, Faye! If you do a month of tops in November, I will definitely join in!

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  18. Lovely top. u look great! good luck on your upcoming projects! :)

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  19. Beautiful work!! Love the dress and the top....especially love the colors on the dress....

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  20. It's a shame you don't feel better about the dress. It's looks great from here ;-) as does the top.

    I thought about joining the top sewalong but that would just guarantee I wouldn't get any made ! LOL - I finally finished the pants I started waaayyy back in November - Yikes !

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  21. It's a great top - looks cool and comfortable and classy! I am sure you will get alot of good use out of it this summer. Cheers!

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  22. i love the top! on you! bravo!
    happy sewing,
    nancy

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