2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

March 7, 2011

EVERY NOW AND AGAIN...

... a girl just wants something new to wear.  Can I get an AMEN!   I cut out this NewLook pattern (view D) in February and finally finished it last week.  Because I had that  'I need something new to wear' feeling this morning, I decided to wear this top.  This was the look I got:


It might not look like it, but the front neckline is wayyyyyyyy too low.  I noticed that it was low, but was in such a rush this morning - thinking I could adjust it after I got to work - NOT!  I HAD to wear a scarf all day long!
 I couldn't wait to get home to totally bad mouth (verbally trash) this pattern, but Ebony came by just in the nick of time and rescued me and the pattern.  She showed me how to adjust the pattern so this "low down" problem won't occur the NEXT time I use pattern.  Here's a picture of the front pattern piece with that adjustment.  The white pattern paper is where the draped neckline has been raised/extended to remedy that "look down my top and see everything" problem.



To fix the problem on the current top (so I didn't have to trash it) I simply ran a piece of 1/4" elastic through the draping hem finish (that now became a casing for the elastic).  A 5 minute fix - crisis adverted.



This gave the neckline a totally different look, but at least I can get use out of it.
I like this top, especially the band with rushing at the side seams.  Now that the problem has been fixed I do plan on making this view again for spring/summer.

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28 comments:

  1. Nice save. I liked it before too. I think I might have to try this pattern.

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  2. Wow, *great* save on this. When is anything in sewing ever that easy?

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  3. Cute top and great save.

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  4. What a clever solution, it looks great.

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  5. Nice top, glad you could save it!

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  6. Amen, and great save on the top Faye!

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  7. I agree with the others, great save, and yes sometimes you just want to make a basic piece, OHHH that thread looks like it can be mines, enter me in!

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  8. The top is great! It's too bad you had issues with the neckline, but it sounds like you have a great solution.
    So that's why Ms. T(one of my high school teachers) always wore a scarf!!!

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  9. Anonymous3/08/2011

    Great solution. I will use this method to save my dress. Thank you.

    Tracy

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  10. OO... very nice! Hehe... cute top! This pattern has been on my to-do for such a long time. I totally need to get on it.

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  11. The elastic neckline makes it a lot closer to the pattern's illustration. I understand needing new tops; I don't think you can ever have too many! After all, one black skirt and 10 tops gives you 2 weeks of clothes to wear to work, right?

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  12. Beautiful top, very cleverly saved!

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  13. I can't believe the difference in the two necklines! Good job!

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  14. What a clever fix! It looks a lot easier to wear now. Cute!

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  15. I like both necklines. I'm glad you didn't have to trash it.

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  16. awesome save! i think it came out looking great in the end :-)

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  17. AaaaayMEN! Somebody say "quick fix" - lol! Cute top and to know that your little fix will allow you to wear it more makes it all the better.....somebody say "better"!!

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  18. Just when you think it's a wadder, someone helps you come up with a solution. Nice save!!!! I really like the new version.

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  19. Go Ebony! I am so glad she helped you save this one, because the fabric and shirt as a whole, looks fantastic on you.

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  20. Faye, what a great save. This top and fabric is gorgeous. Looks very nice on you. You must be heading to the Expo!! I'm not quite sure whether I will attend with my sister or not.

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  21. Glad you were able to save this very nice top!!

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  22. Great save. I received my book, thank you so much lots of good tips.

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  23. Glad you were able to make it work. Looks great.

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  24. The new neckline looks good. I can totally believe that the original gapes, it's neckline isn't only low but wide too, leaving lots of neckline to gape.

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  25. Hi Faye!

    Thanks for posting pictures of how you saved the 'low down' top. =) I have this pattern in queue (what pattern DON'T I have in queue?) and will adjust the neckline. Great save!

    Thanks for checking up on me. I am slowly getting my sewjo back. I hope to be posting more soon.

    L

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  26. Amen!
    And glad you were able to save it so you can sew yourself another one.

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  27. Looks great, great print too!

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