Sunday, July 13, 2008

2 New Tops!

New Look 6785

A long time ago, I saw a picture of Kate Hudson wearing the absolute cutest eyelet top, and ever since, I've been on the lookout for a "copycat" pattern. I got this black eyelet at Joann's on sale, and decided to choose the pattern that best suited the behavior and look of the eyelet. I chose New Look 6785, which contains a few top options, all showcasing the current trend of a round neckline and center front gathers. Not too full, and with different sleeve, tunic, and dress options (not to mention a pair of side zip pants), the pattern has a lot to offer.

I was a little concerned by the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern(can you say "maternity"?), so I did 2 sizes smaller than the envelope recommended. I made version B, shortened to length C, and without pockets. It stitched up quickly, and the instructions were easy to follow. No unnecessary notions or steps, although I did choose to use broadcloth rather than interfacing. I could have cut and sewn the whole thing in a day, but I never get the luxury of un-interruption...

I'm really happy with the finished product. It's a little snug in the shoulders, so I should've cut 1 size up, but I'll definitely be making it up again. I may not look like Kate Hudson, but a black blouse like this will go with so many things in my closet!

Simplicity 3842
I grabbed this pattern back in the spring, and it just kept getting set aside for some reason. Such a shame, since this one's a keeper!!! I've already picked up the next cut of fabric for my next version.

I did version B, using a silky print from Joann's. The lower part is bias cut, while the upper parts aren't, and it has a really different construction for the "peek-a-boo" cami. Again, the pattern has a lot of ease built in, so I cut it 2 sizes smaller than the envelope recommended, and it fits perfectly. No need for the ties, I'll eliminate them on the next version. My only disappointment was the sleeve length seems to be shorter than the illustration shows. I expected a slightly longer, more drapy kimono sleeve, so I'll probably lengthen that a little on the next one.

I highly recommend this top, it's flattering, fashionable, and easy to construct! I'm especially fond of this fabric, and how easy it will be to pair with ivory and brown separates.


RetroRugrats said...

I found your blog from Sew Retro. I just love the black blouse. What a fun top and it does not look complicated to sew. Very nice!

big sister said...

I love your black top. Looks so comfortable. Great Dressy or casual. Love the multi colored halter. Mr looks good in his shirt and will keep you busy for more. Miss D looks extremely happy and anxious to create beautiful designs. Love the expression on the coaster. Hugs for all.

Meg said...

Cute tops! Funny how desire to ride on scary roller coasters diminishes with age....

Dawn said...

I like these tops too. Cute and summery. We are done with season now. On to fall sewing for me. I am planning to pickup some fabulous wools while Gorgeous Fabrics has then for sale.

And you should TOTALLY try BWOF. They fit so much better. I thought Butterick/McCalls/Simplicity fit me well but they didn't. I just didn't know any better. Now I know. Buy one issue, start with something easy, and go for it! Then model it for your husband in the right way. ;)