Monday, April 15, 2013

A Spring Top

A retro inspired top!
What can be better than making the uncoordinated ~ coordinated? Putting unpredictable fabrics together is something I love to do with sewing. I found myself drawn toward a multi-colored polka dot fabric that could only be enhanced by a bright, lime green & yellow lining.
There was no need to break this project up into sections.
It was a simple pattern to work with. Take a look!

Cutting the pattern and fabric is always the most tedious part. It has to be precise or your finished product won't look so finished.

Transfer every marking! For transferring darts, I marked the central and end points.
Connect them with a straight edge.

Line the darts downwards and stitch together towards the center point.

Connect your front to back, only at the sides.
Next the 'mini' lining ~ Stitch them together, at the sides, face fabric inwards. I finished the lower edge with a serger to keep the ends from fraying.
You can do this with a zig-zag stitch on your machine.

 Place your lining over your top, right sides facing each other.
Sew only at the armhole edges and neck.

Clip away at the curves so that when you turn it right side out, you press and achieve a flat, flawless seam. I connected the shoulders by straight stitching face sides together, once with the serger and then again with the sewing machine. (Unnecessary, but a habit indeed.) You could finish with a slip stitch only if you leave a seam allowance at the shoulders when sewing your neck and armholes.
This is where my pattern slightly disappointed. There really was no wiggle room.
I serged for the hem and pressed inward; completed with a straight stitch.

I used the coordinating lining fabric to make an abstract ruffle.
(I'll have to show you that in another post.)
 A black knit button made a perfect point of interest.
Making clothes and items for yourself or others is extremely rewarding. I swear, once you make a piece, the term well-made takes on a whole new meaning.

I'll have to make sure I get a snapshot of how cute this top looks on!
To more up and coming projects!
Happy Trails:)

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