2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

April 10, 2011

ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT...

...The Over The Top Challenge has created inspiration for a much sewing frenzy.  Seems I always need new tops, and they are usually the quickest way that I know of sprucing up my wardrobe at the change of seasons.

Although I've been a little sick with this sinusitis and an ear infection to boot, I was still motivated to get some sewing done.  I finished this faux wrap New Look 6901 today.  I made it first last year, really liked the fit so I gave it another go for this challenge.  This time I did change the pattern just a little by increasing the neckline height and decreasing the size of the band that finishes the neckline.  The pattern's band was much too wide for me - so I changed it up just a bit.  I also invisibly stitched down the wrap because no matter what, I always get a little gaping in the chest area - with this the problem is solved. Though there are many faux wrap top patterns available, this one, with just a tiny bit of rushing at the left side seems to fit me best.  I guess this will be my "go to" TNT faux wrap top - no need in reinventing the wheel.
This is a lovely paint splattered knit that I picked up last Sunday on a Joann's trip with Ebony and Baby Boy.  It sewed up beautifully using my Schmetz Jersey ballpoint needle - no skipping, snagging or puckering.  Once upon a time I had a little handy Schmetz pamphlet that I used as a needle reference, but of course I can't find it now.  So of course I just Googled for the information and found it here it helps me out a lot.

I have two more tops in the "bull pen" that I'd like to completed by Friday (April 15 end of the challenge").  I actually need many more than that but feel it's high time to move on to other things.  Although I've been reading along, I haven't even started my jacket for the RTW Challenge that I joined.  I do still have plans for that challenge; however, this one took precedent.

I do hope that everyone had a nice, restful and productive weekend...............

7 comments:

  1. thanks for the link to the needle quide, this is really good and nice print for the top

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  2. You're rockin' out those tops! I love that print. Must look for it.

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  3. Oh, I like this print very much.

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  4. Beautiful print , love it. I Iike this pattern too made it 2 times already

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  5. I have a faux wrap top in one of the patterns I've been using. I keep thinking I'll try it, then getting distracted...

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  6. You have been so productive! Each of the tops you've posted is awesome and so unique. I'm impressed by how much you've gotten done in just a few weeks!

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  7. Feel better, girl. The top look goods great. I'm following your lead with making some tops to spruce up my wardrobe.

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