2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

May 4, 2015

TWO FOR HER, ONE FOR ME...

... Can't you just tell that I love sewing.  Even if things don't always work out perfectly, I still love it.  I have been having a ball!  This weekend I made
2 for her and one for me

Top #1 from Burda 7340 View A -  Sort of asymmetrical easy two piece pattern. The most trouble I had was switching between a single and double needle two or three times which was a pain.  If I wasn't too lazy to thread up the coverstitch machine it would have been so much simpler.  This top was a easy make and fit right in with my current KNIT TOP FRENZY (no folks, the frenzy ain't over yet.  I've got too much knit yardage calling my name).

Top #2 is Simplicity 1362 View A -  I always end up with kind of pattern - the kind I don't love but  go ahead and buy because it's on sale and cause I might want it later. (hahaha!)  I knew full well going in that there was going to be a battle matching the stripes of this chiffonny aztec print - I usually avoid prints like this.  But it was on sale and I liked the colors.  Easy Pattern EXCEPT I don't like using bias binding to finish the neckline (I skipped using it on the armholes though - just serged and turned under).  The fabric is sheer so it'll have to be worn with a cami.

Top #3 Vogue 1282 Donna Karan's crazy pattern made for the fourth time.  I LOVE IT!, and if it wouldn't be too darned crazy I'd make it in EVERY color.  Several people mentioned that they wanted to try this pattern so I wanted to suggest checking out Barbara V's tip on incorporating a BACK DART that will make the back neckline fit better.  It works like a charm.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Faye! Three tops in a weekend! You really are productive. Ah! Donna Karan´s top! I have it is fuchsia but I find it too "exposing" I have to wear it with I jacket!
    Nice work!!

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  2. love the tops! I've gotta get busy like speedy project runway busy to finish up PR lol! have you ever had problems with Vogue patterns? I cut a skirt & it will fit 2 of me lol! I've read where they tend to run small, but not this one! anywasy great progress on your sewing! they all turned out fantastic!

    Helen

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  3. Thank you Helen. I do sew lots more Vogue patterns now than I use to. I do love their styles. I've had no more problem with then than I've had with the other three companies. I guess it depends on the individual pattern. I try hard to remember to check Pattern Review to see what others have to say about a pattern before I try it. PR is very helpful.

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  4. Ms. Faye you are on a roll. Love all of your tops! Can I please send what I have cut out for you to sew for me? No fabric from North Dakota, they only had local chains, which I did go, but the fabric was the same as what I could purchase here in Texas. Oh well we'll see what my next travels will find fabric wise.

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  5. Of course I'll do your sewing for you Diane! Sorry no fabric on your trip.

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  6. Very cute and yes you are on putting out the items.

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  7. It feels good to be back in the sewing room Dorothy.

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