I am elated to be back with a finished project for May!!
First off, let me thank all of my new followers for coming alongside my journey this year. I picked up a couple of followers on Blog Lovin' and it surprised me because I have not posted as often as I like. Rest assured, even when I am not active on my blog, I am actively sewing. Sometimes that involves sewing a few wadders, though.
Second, it has been a weekend filled with kids' birthday parties, food, and fun! When we got home I was exhausted (as always), yet I felt an urge to sew. I got the kids to bed and sewed until my husband fell asleep in our bed. I finished the top I am showing you today, and started another one in which I will be testing out a few alterations.
Here is my top:
I discovered this free pattern on the blog Skirt As Top. I happened to be browsing Pinterest boards, and wondering if there were any free patterns available. When I saw this, I immediately liked it, and it seemed simple enough to make. Now that I have finished it, I agree. It is simple, fits well, and I love the high-low hem.
The only drawback is the sizing. It only comes in a Small-Medium. If you know how to enlarge a pattern to fit your body, you would love this one. If not, then this wouldn't be for you. My fabric is from Denver Fabrics, if I recall correctly. I am not even sure what it is. It is definitely a lightweight knit, perhaps a jersey knit. It drapes beautifully, and has good stretch and recovery.
There are only two pattern pieces, and a neckline binding. I made this top "as is" with no adjustments, and the fit is pretty good. I checked a lot of the measurements against one of my RTW shirts, so I think that helped a lot--I am not getting the weird pulling I have gotten in the past.Overall it took me about an hour to complete.
For the hem, I decided to stitch fusible webbing to the wrong side of the fabric, press the hem up with an iron about 1/4", then topstitch. The fusible webbing helped to stabilize my slippery fabric, and made the hem so much easier to deal with!! I will definitely be using this method again.
As you can see with the back, I have not tried a swayback adjustment yet. But, I am working on one with this next top I am sewing. Hopefully, it will make a noticeable difference.
Overall, while I am not in love with this top, I do think it has great potential!! If I make it again I will definitely add more length! Right now, the top hits me at an unflattering place that does not enhance my pear shape at all. I am hoping that styling it with other pants could help distract from this fact. Also, because of my long torso, I really need the extra length, or it looks more like a cropped top on me.
In conclusion, I would recommend this top for all skill levels. There is even an option for a front pocket (I left it off of my version, of course). I think this is a well drafted pattern that you can use over and over again.
I hope to be back soon with more tops to show you.