April 3, 2011


Why in the world did it take me ALL DAY LONG to finish this simple top.  Well, beside the fact that I just didn't feel well today, (not to worry Mom, just my sinusitis) perfectionism culprit really got the best of me.  I chose view "B" of McCall's 5977 - the one with the three tier ruffle.  I'd forgotten (because I've made a three tier ruffle before) that 3 edges of the ruffles must be finished and or hemmed.  "Not a problem you might say."  Well it was for me after perfectionism took hold.  And let's not forget to mention the self bias bound neckline and arms.  It would have been so much easier to use a matching pre-packaged double fold bias tape and my new binding foot.  But I have such FUNNY-TIMED skin that I don't like the feel of the bias tape rubbing against it.  I was forced to make my own as the pattern suggested, but just couldn't stitch straight today. I was determined to finish which I did do, hope you can see it - the picture turned out dark.

So many bloggers mention that they do not own white blouses/shirts/tops.  I'm one of them.  My next top will involve morphing these two patterns.  I like the first one because the front facing is cut on rather than a separate piece.  (I know that you could make any button down into a cut on, but this ones already done for me.  I like the vintage top pattern's extended shoulder feature, but the pattern is too small.  I don't really want to take the time to grade up to my size, so I'll just try to combine the two pattern's features.  I'll be using a white stretch poplin fabric which I bought enough to make two white tops/shirts. I wanted to get this traced and cut today/night, but that's not going to happen.  I'll think about it tomorrow, because after all...

tomorrow is another day...


  1. Love the three tiered ruffle! I'd like to see it on you though. I've looked at this pattern and all the cute tops people are making from it, but I think the ruffle might drive me crazy. (Every other front ruffle shirt I have makes me feel uncomfortable.)

  2. I can't see the ruffle very well in the picture. The general outline of the top looks good though. Good luck with your white shirt- I don't have one either!

  3. I really like the three tier ruffle look. The fabric is so cute, enjoy your new top.

  4. Beautiful. I'm going to have to make that before the summer is over.

  5. Solid bias tape would not have looked good with this lovely print. Your hard work paid off: it looks great.

    (BTW - these simple tops can take a long time: they have a lot of construction steps like fusing, understitching, buttons. They take me a lot of time too if it makes you feel any better. I don't think they're a quick, bang it out project.)

  6. Very nice. I hope to get over my fear of print tops one day. Your new sewing room looks great too.

  7. Ooh this top is so nice. I think that the marriage of the purple animal print and the rufffles is fabulous - I can see it paired beautifully with a black pencil skirt but it would also add a real wow factor to a pair of jeans.

  8. I'm plowing ahead and will try to post later! I do love this top of yours, and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one taking "Hang It Where You Can" pictures. Good luck with the next top!

    When I was a teenager, I babysat for a black lady who swore that the only thing uglier than a white top on a white girl was a black top on a black girl. She wore a lot of white, and she was stunning. I still don't know if I agree with her color analysis, but I still think it's an interesting observation.

  9. Great top! I love the print. Some white shirts are on my sewing list this season, too.

  10. Super cute top Faye!!! I love the bold print and of course you can't do wrong with purple!!! Hey I saw your comment on my gown post. Were you in Savannah on Friday! You know I did stop by the Jo-Ann's then briefly at around 5pmish. What's your email address? I'm going to have to give you my number. If you're ever in town again we MUST meet up. It would be so much fun. You know I ADORE you:)

  11. Your top is lovely. Perfectionism payts off!




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