Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What's up next?

Hello again!

There were a lot of you who enjoyed the New Look summer patterns from my last post about as much as I did!  Thank you for your comments on those patterns!  I have gotten a slow start to this week because I have been pondering what to sew next.  It seems that I have gotten into a groove with sewing for my children and others, but I have totally neglected myself!!

So I am dedicating this month to sewing nothing but...


All fun aside, I really am in need of some nice tops--especially since I just bought some beautiful fabric from Gail K's just a few weeks ago.

This brings me to my present dilemma..."Which top will I sew next?"

I thought about this question all this past weekend, and decided to do some digging in my pattern stash in order to see what I could find.  The ones I came up with were nice, but I kept finding something wrong with each choice I made.  For example, I looked at this pattern from a year or two ago, and thought it had great potential:

I like View B, or the top that the model is wearing, but I didn't like it with my fabric choice:

Maybe if I used it alongside a solid fabric as an accent, as shown above, it might work, but I didn't want to take any chances on me not liking the end result.  

So then I thought I would do something a little simpler such as this one:

I like the red top, or View B.  But...I just wasn't sure about this one either.  So after some more digging (and even pulling out my Burda magazines from the three month subscription my hubby gave me last year) I narrowed my top choice down to two patterns.

I thought I would throw this question out to all of you and see what you think!  I am a fan of both styles, and I'm not sure which one to make.  Keep in mind that the scale of the true fabric is a bit smaller than the one pictured (I couldn't get an exact replica, but at least you can get an idea of how it would look).

If you like, please leave me a comment telling me which one you like better, NL 6735 or NL 6648.  And don't forget to tell me why you prefer one over the other.

In the meantime, I am working on a storyboard for all the tops I will be sewing for this month.  Joann's will be having a great sale, with 50% off most their knit fabrics, and there are some Project Runway April Johnston prints I have been eyeing.  I will update the upcoming pattern sales (see right) as well, in case any of you are thinking about adding to your collection, or looking for that special item to sew.

I look forward to what you have to say!

Stay sew-filled!


  1. 6648 is my pick! I love a great cowl neck and this has tons of character and style, with the gathered band at the waist. You definitely can't go wrong with that one! Good luck!

  2. I vote for NL 6648. I love the ruched waistband, and sleeveless is always a plus for hot weather.

  3. I also vote for 6648. Lovely details.

  4. I am also in the NL 6648 camp. I have tried the other one but had a hugely hard time with setting in the sleeves and wound up using it as a vest pattern only.

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Let me know what you think!