2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

March 24, 2011

IT'S TIME TO GO OVER THE TOP...

....Yes, it's that time again, when the season seems to change overnight, along with my wardrobe needs.  I had to fore go the Fall Month of Tops Challenge because I was heavily involved with the famed Lady Grey Coat.  Now I find myself more wanting and needing new tops to spice up my spring/summer wardrobe.


I'm sure, like me, all you sewists already have lots of sewing plans lined up.  And those plans more than likely include adding some nice new top/blouse designs, maybe
Like This
or This

or, Perhaps This

or Even This One...



All line drawings borrowed from leko-mail.net


So I proclaim the first 15 days of April an official OVER THE TOP CHALLENGE.  It's a simple sew-a-long challenge that will last only 15 days - leaving us lots of time for other sewing projects:

•Choose your fabrics;
•Choose your top or blouse patterns; add a new twist to a TNT pattern, refashion, or maybe even self draft a new design.

•No quotas;
•No limits;
•and by April 15th we'll all have more expanded wardrobe options.  So come on, it's simple to join in on the fun:


  1. COMMENT your interest on this post by Thursday, March 31st. 
  2. INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in your comment (ex: kathy at yahoo d0t com) so I will be able to add you as a author on the new OVER THE TOP CHALLENGE BLOG.
I'm looking forward sharing, and seeing your Over The Top spring/summer creations.  Remember to add you email address.  It's a win, win situation..... 

34 comments:

  1. I'd like to participate. j.hamb@sbcglobal.net

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  2. Okay Faye, last year I signed up and got sick/pregnant. This year I WILL make new tops.

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  3. I've got myself committed to the RTW jacket sew a long, and I have a family vacation at Easter, but I would still like to make some tops! I just might manage to sneak one or two in :-)

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  4. You and I are on the same wave length on needing to make tops. Include me in this;
    lwl1951atgmaildotcom.

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  5. I need more tops. PMB has a new program for drafting knit patterns that I've been trying to learn so this is perfect timing.

    samtowanda@msn.com

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  6. Add me to the list. I don't have nearly enough blouses.
    slspearth@gmail.com

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  7. Count me in!! I've been away from blogging for a minute.(Salon reorganizing issues,lol) But, I am ready to add some new tops to my work wardrobe.

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  8. Oh so tempting... and I am kind of in a post Lady Grey rut with my sewing... hmmm... ok, I have to think this through and look through my pattern stash.

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  9. Ooo.. please count me in.. I've totally been planning some tops! Thanks for putting this together!

    ang[dot]m[dot]so[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. I'm going on vacation for a few weeks so won't be able to play along, but I'll be keeping an eye on the fun!

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  11. Please count me in. I've already started a self-imposed "Topapalooza", so this sew-a-long is right on time.
    rwdw_95(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. In like Flynn lol. mun3@yahoo.com

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  13. Count me in! I'd love to do this.

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  16. Sorry - lransford[at]gmail[dot]com

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  17. I really want to do this but i'm feeling so overwhelmed by responsibilities these days. Can I be a maybe for a few days while I try to figure out the logistics? It's a terrific idea - and a great, compact time frame and garment.

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  18. Oooh! I'm slated for sewing bottoms (plenty of tops right now) but I look forward to seeing the ruffly fun that will come from this challenge!

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  19. Hi, I would love to join in. I need some new tops for the spring and summer. I've been working on a few this week, but I could use some inspiration! I'm at san12why12(at)aol(dot)com.

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  20. Thanx Ms.Faye!
    mz.choize(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Alright Faye. I'm going to give this another shot.
    creativediva728 at yahoo dot com
    Angela

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  22. You know I'm in...lol
    sheila457 at msn dot com. Thanks.

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  23. I was on the fence about this, but the timing is right, and what with all those top patterns I won from you... well, it was kind of a no brainer. I love that line drawing of the halter-ish top as well. OK, here ya go...

    ellenbehm at gmail dot com

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  24. That first top is one of the hottest designs at Macy's-you'll be right in style with that one. Thinking I'd like to make a couple for myself.

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  25. Ohhhh Ms. Faye, I'm one of those with a lot of sewing challenges on my plate right now, but I'm sure I can get at least one in by April 15...count me in!!! onesimpleinspiration(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. What a fun idea and I LOVE your line drawing inspirations. Alas, I will be plugging away at rain gear so no top sew-a-long for me. :(

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  27. Ponybalony3/27/2011

    ponybalony@yahoo.com
    I'm in! I love tops that fit me properly, and I cannot find them in stores, so I'll have to fire up the machine.

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  29. Hey Faye, I deleted the comment with my email address, but I am still in!

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  30. I'm in! I'll email you my address. =)

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  31. I'd enjoy this. Who doesn't need more tops? marjiemcdonald< gmailcom

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  32. Oh WOW! I was just thinking that I need to make some new tops. I'm in. jscogdell at gmail dot com.

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  33. I would like to participate, is it possible
    (froufroumania from France)

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  34. oups, I am sorry, i have forgotten my email luneau.p@hotmail.fr

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