2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

April 5, 2013

ESSENTIAL TOP 4...

...I felt I needed to re-visit New Look 6150 because my first try with it  ended up a wadder even though it was a muslin.  I cut the muslin too large, and it was plagued with major gaping in the bust area.

Mmmmm,what can I say about my newly finished top - well I'm not absolutely pleased, but I do feel that it will get some wear.  I fixed the gaping problem so the fit is much, much better, but I guess the pattern is must not be for me.  The construction is good, I made sure of that - even though I knew half way through the project that the style was just not me.  It's not awfully terrible and there's no way I'm trashing this great jersey knit - at least not right away.

The fabric has a navy lace print on an off white background.  Fabric suits me, style does not.  It just seems a little matronly to me.  It might make it into work wardrobe rotation  - I'm not sure.  If not it will
certainly work for those "I've got to make a quick run to the store" trips.  Guess you can tell that I'm not feeling to chipper about it.

I do have a good morphing project coming up next so keep your fingers crossed for me...

23 comments:

  1. Hi Faye!
    I love the print! I'm sorry to hear it didn't work out for you. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I love NL6150 and just decided I would do at least 3 more version. I just posted the second version today. My first version is here:
    http://pattern-therapy.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-look-6150.html

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    1. It was like that for me last year with Simplicity 2181 view c. I like it so well - made 3. I had to stop myself from making more. I'm so glad you had a winner!

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  2. I love the fabric, but I am sorry the top isn't quite what you wanted. I've made the boat neck top from this pattern and I love it, but have steered away from this version because it seemed like there was too much fabric. Although, I've seen some versions of this version that are stunning! Maybe this top will grow on you.

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I know I have to really watch it when it comes to this style top.

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  3. Faye...you know Peggy may have hit the nail on the head. The top (and the "too much fabric" issue) may work for me because of my bust is full (triple D). Obviously, I don't have the gaping front problem. Also, the pattern cover doesn't really reflect how much drape exists in the cut of the top. ...just my two cents....

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    1. I really think your answer is correct. The too much fabric issue is the problem for me, not to even mention that I am far to the side of a D cup. I've had the issue with this type of top before, I was just hoping that this pattern would work out. Your words are worth much more than two cents, they are correct.

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  4. Hi Faye - I've seen other versions of this type of blouse in McCalls and Vogue and they all seem to have lots of fabric at the front. One blogger who is tall has made this type of top and shne is swamped in it. You look fairly neat and petitie, so I think you might be swamped in it too. Always disappointing when you come up with a wadder.

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    1. I almost laughed when I saw the word petite. I'm almost 5'9" but I do agree, there is way too much fabric in that type of top, it does swamp me.

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  5. Not fun when something is beautifully made but just doesn't make us feel the love. I think it's great that you know what works for you and what doesn't.

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    1. You are so right Bunny. I knew, but I was hoping that this pattern would be different.

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  6. I think if you jazz it up, you will like it. Do you have a flippy little white skirt? If so, wear the top with the skirt and add a red patent leather belt.

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    1. Great style idea Rhonda!

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    2. Also a long necklace should take attention away from the fullness of the fabric and lengthen the look.

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  7. Still, you are banging out those tops for your own sew-along. Some you will like more than others, but I imagine this one will find it's rightful place in your wardrobe eventually.

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    1. Yep, you are right Gwen. I'll put it in the closet and see what happens.

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  8. I know what you mean - exactly! My recent McCalls 6513 used an enormous amount of fabric, and it all went to the front, gathered and tucked away to create the feature of the top. Your fabric is beautiful, and I am positive you will be able to style it into your wardrobe so it works for you ... J

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  9. Such a lovely fabric! I sure hope this one "grows" on you! Top #4...FOUR!...impressive!

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  10. I agree with GodsgirlT. Some things when finished don´t feel like much, but then they grow on you. It happend to me with some trousers and now I wear them all the time!

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  11. That's too bad. The top is very pretty.

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  12. What a shame but look at all the lovely tops you made recently that were great successes!

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  13. Sorry your blouse didn't work for you, I hate when That happens.. I love the fabric. SO pretty..
    And you have a pretty ,[Run to the store blouse", when you need it..
    Happy sewing , and I look forward to see what your working on next..
    I am sewing up blouses this weekend too. Sewing fun.. I am so proud you did this sew along.

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  14. You have been so productive! It's a pity you're not thrilled with it straight away, but if you put it in your wardrobe the right outfit for it will soon come to mind. I can see this going with a lot of other things, but the styling ideas don't always come immediately. Good luck with your "morphing" project, sounds intriguing :)

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