I hope that you are doing well and that you stayed dry in case you were in the path of hurricane Flo!
I am in Charlotte (North Carolina). We got a good amount of rain, although my neighborhood was not impacted very much. My rose bushes were destroyed but we were lucky to not get any serious damage! I spent the weekend sewing with a beautiful black ITY knit and made two black tops for fall.
The 1st one is my favorite as it has this gorgeous tie back detail on the neckline!
I made the top to be long sleeves, even though I will probably pull the sleeves up to a three-quarter length most of the time. The element that takes this top from basic to stylish is definitely the scoop neck on the back and the back tie. I paired the outfit with my favorite animal print pumps.
When I sewed up the top, the neckline on the front and back were the same because the front and back are both cut from the same paper pattern. Then I ended up free handing the back neck to be a deep scoop neck. I added ties using my scrap fabric.
The top has a raglan sleeve and I created the pattern by copying a RTW top I had. I basically copied the pattern from a short sleeve tee and extended the sleeves, then changed up the neckline.
Here is the front and side:
Love the little details in the ensemble
I made another black top for fall, which is perfect for layering, but I will talk about that later in a separate blog post! That one is perfect for winter and fall, and for layering.
I am working on a gathered poofy skirt to go with top #1 next. So excited to pair the two and have a head to toe me made look! I will see you soon and let me know if you have ever copied your favorite RTW tops? The pattern making was so quick and easy. I made both patterns in under 30 minutes!
XOXO- Vatsla 🙂
It’s taken me longer than desired to get back in the swing of things after the holidays and some vacation.Here is a top I made late last year. We had warm weather all the way through Christmas, so I made a nice keyhole top with a ribbed cotton knit I picked up a Joanns Fabrics a while back.
I used a simplicity dance pattern for a crop top and made a few flat pattern alterations to get this look. I have mentioned all the alterations at the end of the post if you want to achieve this look
I love this top. It shows off the shoulders and the back. No I don’t work out, but sometimes I like to believe that I do! The keyhole is sexy indeed.. you never know when you need to look good walking away right? 🙂
To accessorize, I threw on my favorite (faux) snake-skin pumps from Gianni Bini and a brown clutch… and this was a bad hair day… so I added a gold headband and threw my hair up in a bun.
And last but not least, to stay true to my roots… I always throw in a Bollywood pose for your viewing pleasure 🙂 Haha!
Read below about how to make this top… but don’t stop there…How cute would this be as a maxi dress? Can we saw “Rawrrr”… or shall we say “Mee-Yow” 🙂
PATTERN: I used Simplicity 1077, view B as a base and made the following alterations:
- Deepen the keyhole on the back by 2 inches to make is more dramatic
- Lengthened the top back and front by 6 inches
- drafted a facing for the front and back since I wanted a clean finish as opposed to hemming the keyhole and armholes.
- Got rid of the waist band
SEWING : The top was easy to sew. I used my serger. Since I added a front and back facing, I confused myself a bit.. I usually don’t read pattern instructions.. If you are not doing a facing, this is a one hour top. Easy!
FABRIC: A ribbed knit from Joanns fabric. It was $6.99 a yard. Very casual knit but I put a more dressy twist on it
I love this top. It’s just so cute! And versatile… It can be paired with casual jeans and some pumps or a dressy pair of tailored pants and worn to church!
I am getting back in my sewing studio today after a long hiatus.. What have you been sewing?