11/7/11

New Look 6901

New Look 6901 is from one of Simplicity's New Look Just 4 Knit collection, consisting of  a top with variations and a skirt. View A is a drape scoop neck top, View B has a cross-over bodice and View C is an elastic waist skirt with a flounce.

Since the emgerence of drape neck tops, I have been going coo-coo for coco puffs over them.  My first introduction to drape neck tops was at my favorite shop The Loft/Ann Taylor last fall, and giddily purchased several long-sleeves tops. They continued the drape neck top line into the spring/summer with short-sleeve and sleeveless versions and I refused ... well restrained myself from paying the $39.90 - $49.90 price tag and have made several over the past spring/summer.  During drape neck venture, I have used various drape neck top patterns : Simplcity 2418, McCalls 6282New Look 6915McCalls 6078



Do I have a favorite among them... No.  I like them all, they work so well with my suits, cardigans and even as a standalone. 


I used a novelty knit fabric that I'd purchased from Virgo fabrics & Notions during the summer.  The fabric has a pattern repeat which I wanted to use vertically, but realized that I had to cut the fabric with the print horizontal because that was the direction of the stretch.  The pattern has short sleeves and I wanted long sleeve and in came Vogue 8151 sleeves, so to ensure the sleeve would work with NL6901 armscye, I placed the short sleeve upon the V8151 and luckily it was close. I traced the sleeve onto Swiss tracing paper and tapered the sleeve cap, by just removing some of the height of the sleeve cap and it worked perfectly.


I purchased several Sandra Betzina Dvds: and in Anatomy of a Jacket, SB discusses the use of steam-a-seam when working with plaids. She uses it as a form of basting to ensure the fabric doesn't shift during sewing... well I thought mmmmm... I like that idea of using steam-a-seam as a basting tool instead of baste stitching or straight pins.  I mainly use steam-a-seam for my hemlines and although this top is easy peasy, some times during sewing my fabric will shift despite using straight pins.  For this top and another I made over the weekend, I used the steam-a-seam for the center back seam, side seams, shoulder seams, & the sleeve seams instead of dealing with straight pins......, then serged away... totally luvvvv it.   I also learned that I was incorrectly applying the iron onto the steam-a-seam.  I would move it back and forth to adhere the adhesive, but noticed that she basically place the iron on the steam-a-seam, lift up and place on again, without the back and forth movement.... humph... learn something new everyday.


I really like the drape neck tops, I like to think of them as a fancy T-shirt that brightened up an old suit and can see more in my future.





Now back to this jacket... ordered buckles and hoping to complete it this week.


Have a Great Week All


15 comments:

Adelaide B said...

Love the fabric for this top. I also love a good cowl neck top, but I hate sewing knits. (I would probably enjoy it more if I was better at it.)

Clio said...

I agree on drape neck tops! Today I'm wearing one I sewed too - Hot Patterns 1089.

The jacket looks great so far!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You make the best tops! I too love the draped neck look and although I've only made dresses with it, I do want a few for fall. Guess I better get on that, huh?!

Candice said...

Fantastic! Love the fabric for your top!

Faye Lewis said...

What a wonderful wardrobe of knit tops. (You know what a top fanatic I am). Makes me glad that I am a patternaholic because I do have that one in my stash. I've made the surplice view several times. Now I need to back up and do the drape neck one because yours look so classy.

GodsgirlT said...

Love your top and the fact that it is long sleeved is a great plus. Your jacket is looking good!

marysews said...

I loved drape-neck tops, and yours turned out really well. I need to try this pattern - I already have it! I might even try the skirt pattern.

SEWN said...

I loved the drape on that top as well, but I thought the sizing was way off. It was ginormous on me and then I overfitted it. It is now so boobalicious, I am too self conscious to wear it. But seeing your versions kind of makes me wanna try it again. hmmmm...

Dharma said...

I have made this top. I love your long sleeve version. I like your choice of fabric. I will be giving the long sleeve look a try!!

Mary said...

Cute tops! I have few New Look patterns and I need to check them out. Your jacket looks so wonderful-it is lovely.

Monique said...

Wow! You have made quite a few of those. They all look great!
I can't wait to see this jacket finished also!

Irene said...

Wonderful tops! I love the look of cowl necks - unfortunately, they don't like me. Those cowls just don't sit right on me. Probably something to do with my lack of a figure. You, on the other hand, have just the right figure to make them sit just right and look fabulous.

MAD14kt said...

Sheila Baby! Why are you trying to temp me with the pleather jacket when you know I am looking at my fabric in the box, btw nice New Look! LOL :)

velosewer said...

The draping is really great on you.
I can't wait to see the finished jacket. It's going to be hot.

Cennetta said...

Your drape neck tops are timeless. I love them all too.