3/7/11

Draping

 Last December, I purchased a few solid color long sleeve drape tops from the Loft and really like them.  They work so well with a variety of my garments and knew I wanted more. Last Friday, I visited the Loft and noticed the short-sleeved versions and the striped drape top and initially placed them on hold thinking that I would return later to purchase them. 


Loft Stripe Drape Top




Loft Drape Shell


 However, I remembered my moratorium on clothes shopping and instead went straight home and sifted through my pattern stash and found McCalls 6078. Misses tops. Top A: front & back pleats, front drape, lapped back; Top B has front pleats &drape; top C has front drape and loops. I did Version B with modifications.






The first one I made was sewn with a deep burgundy stretch fabric from Virgo Fabric Store.  The instructions were easy to follow, however I became concerned after stitching the double pleats and sewed the back to front at the shoulders.  There was bulk at the shoulders and pulled out  my Loft drape top and noted that there are no pleats and no bulk.  I proceeded on with the top, but found myself fiddling with the shoulders and ended up doing a loop from the fashion fabric to conceal the bulk at the shoulders.




I decided to sew another drape top without the pleats in an attempt to eliminate the bulk at the shoulders.  I basically marked the shoulder point where the second pleat should be and sewed the back to the front at the shoulders there.   I went one step further and added sleeves from Simplicity 3634 and shortened them.



In my happy-state-of-mind I made a 3rd one using a large foral print stretch fabric and again, eliminated the pleats and added sleeves.  This one has a center back seam because I was short on fabric and wanted this one to have sleeves too.  My family saw this one and called me Hawaii 5-0....lol   I know you remember darn near everyone on that show wearing some form of a pucci-esque, abstract or floral short-sleeve button up.



Closer pic of the shoulders w/o the pleats


I think I am on my way to a TNT... I can see a few more of these, they work well with pants, a skirt, suit or cardigan...


31 comments:

Lori said...

Great looking tops.

Irene said...

Those tops really do look good. Quite versatile and definitely notches above a plain boring "T". Now you've got me thinking about more knit tops...

Myra said...

Oh Sheila! These are really nice! I too love cowl neck tops!! and have a few of them. I have one on my last post with my balloon skirt. You're so correct, they go with just about everything! You look like you've lost a weight in your blue top, have you??

Andrea said...

The tops look great. I like that you were able to omit the pleats out of the top, nice job.

"By the way, "Book um Danno, I mean Sheila"

Faye Lewis said...

What a wonderful jewel toned trio!

Carol said...

These are great. I think I need to get a pattern like this. I never think to make tops like this, but I should. It's a really comfortable style and can be knocked out really quickly. I need to get into my sewing room ...

Opal said...

Very nice tops. All three outfits look great.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Very nice. I love the pattern, fabrics and fit. I love the purply color !

Adrienne said...

beautiful tops!!!

SEWN said...

You are prolific!!! I love these tops. Drape necks are a fave of mine. They look fantastic on you!

Candice said...

Wow, these tops are ALL wonderful!

del said...

Cuuuute! And I love the Hawaii 5-0 one! You can catch bad guys and look good at the same time, lol.

Sheila said...

Thank You.

The pattern is an instant gratification project, although I had minor issues with the pleating.

@ Myra: Thanks, I wish could loudly say I have lost weight, but mmm nope... with the winter season, I have spent the better part of it stuffing my face. On top of that my daughter has been in a baking frenzy and I am her guinea pig....lol. She doesn't eat cake, nor any type of pastry, chocolate, but enjoys making it, so someone has to taste it...haha

It all started when I told her I like Tiramisu and she has been in a baking frenzy since. I must say her Tiramisu cake was delicious.

@ Andrea: Lol at Book um Danno...

Angela said...

Wow!! I need to whip up some fancy tops like yours. I'm in deseparate need of them. Yours are so perfect!

Uma Preve said...

Oh all the tops look amazing! :)

Ophelia.K said...

Really gorgeous! I love cowl neck too! It makes us look stylish so easily! The purple no sleeve version is my fav!!

Rosy said...

Beautiful tops! No doubt they are total basic cabinet combination.

Knitaholictoo said...

You are way too cool. Love them all! Great work!

MAD14kt said...

You go Sheila Baby!!! :)

Mary Sarah said...

These are great! More would be good. Speaking of more ... I love tiramisu and chocolate and just about anything baked. It's a good thing I live far away! lol

NuJoi said...

I love yours. I still can't figure out how to taper that pattern from a S in the shoulders to an XL at the bottom,

Syl said...

I like them all but the one with the flowered print is my favorite. You're looking wistfully as to what you will create next.

SEWING SHAY said...

Ok, Shelia - you always create outfits that are well put together, a are very flattering but i want to know when are you going to audition for America Next Top Model , go gurl !

mi said...

loved them all! :)

Knitgirlll06 said...

There you go again. Love the tops and the variations. You have me wanting to put up my hooks and needles and get my machines and the material that has been calling my name since last year. Can't wait to see what's next.

Victoria said...

Lovely tops! They sure go a long way and are effortlessly stylish!

alethia said...

Great looking tops. Love the pose!

Sister said...

They're fabulous! Now I love cowls too, but how do you keep them from showing too much when you lean forward? I haven't figured that out yet, and I apparently lean forward a good bit.

Sheila said...

Thanks again for the lovely compliments.

@ Sister, if the drape is really low.. I will wear a lace cami under it. If not when I bend over I put my hand across my chest in that clutching my pearls move...lol

Sister said...

LOL - I need to practice that move!

Cennetta said...

This is a great one to add to the TNT collection. I'm putting this it on my list to buy at the next pattern sale. All of your tops look great.