4/7/12

Starting at the Top

Faye is hosting Starting at the Top,which is a great way to add new blouses to your wardrobe, revitalize old garments and like Faye stated jump start Spring/Summer sewing. I enjoy Faye's top challenges and still have tops from her very first challenge.
 
My first top is New Look 6901... Review Here


Top #2 is Simplicity (It's So Easy) 1849:  Misses knit tops with cross-over twist detail and sleeve options.

 Faye's challenge is perfect.... I wanted a top for my faux leather skirt and the challenge jump started it.  This pattern was a joy to work up and works up in about 3 hours.  I used a funky bold print in a poly/lycra fabric. 

The instruction calls for front/back facings, but opted to just serge the neckline and fold to the inside and final stitch.  Honestly, the front facing is almost a full front facing, add the front piece and the overlay would cause me to combust.  Also the instructions direct to cut the front piece flat, I cut it on the fold.  If one looks closely at the pic my twist is on the right side instead of the left.... oops, but its all good.



Lengthened the sleeves, serged all the seams and serged the hemline and folded to the inside.  I'd initially did the same for the sleeve hems, but the stitching was wonky and unstitched that and used interfacing and hand stitched the sleeve hems.

I am head over heels for this pattern and immediately made another one.   Used a cotton/lycra knit in coral to pair with my latest New Look 6874 in black/white houndstooth.  Initially, I'd plan to wear the charteuse blouse with the skirt, but ended up wearing that blouse with a suit.






Until then Have a Beautiful Easter.


22 comments:

Adelaide B said...

I love the orange top paired with the brown skirt. Both versions of that shirt look great on you!

alethia said...

I love both versions of the blouse. All I'm going to say if you look greatttttttttttttttt!

Lori said...

Fantastic tops, really like all your fabrics.

Faye Lewis said...

Wonderful! So you eliminated two of the pieces. Why didn't think of doing that - would have made a much cooler top too. That pattern is what - 8 or 9 pieces? Far too many pieces. Much better at 6 pieces.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Love, love, love the bold print. If I ever see that fabric, I am SO going to buy some. TFS

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Love your new tops and how you've paired them!

Candice said...

I love, love how you styled these outfits! You are rockin' it lady!

gwensews said...

Those are all wonderful tops. Each has it's own personality and are equally lovely.

Bonny D said...

Your first one looks so designer expensive! Nice tops, thank you for sharing I think that pattern is going on my list.

MushyWear said...

Happy Easter! Your tops are gorgeous! Both outfits are stunning and suit you beautifully!

Mary said...

Wow, they are all lovely on you. The coral top is so gorgeous, as well as the others...but I have a serious love for that coral.

Linda said...

Nice tops!

Sister said...

Beautiful! You're so smart to immediately make another one; I need to take a lesson....

velosewer said...

I love both versions. You've done such a great job with this pattern.

Rosie said...

I love the tops but the print is especially nice. Well done (again)!

MAD14kt said...

Loving the combo Sheila Baby! I need that pattern :)

Leslie V said...

Where did you get the orange print?! It is absolutely beautiful!!

Sheila said...

Thank you.

Leslie, I purchased the orange print at Jay Fabrics, 52 Willoughby Street, bklyn, ny # 718.243.0060.

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Cennetta said...

Lady, I want you to know that you are an enabler. Yep, I must have this pattern. The dress, the two tops. Excellent!

Debbie Cook said...

I'm making this now ... thanks for the hint to ditch the facings. I hate facings so it didn't take too much arm twisting.

Your tops look great ... hope mine turns out as well.