Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring top #2!

I got the idea for this top while I was sewing a pillowcase dress for Addy last week.  The fabric is from the apparel section at JoAnn Fabrics, purchased this spring.

I started with a simple rectangular shape.  Based on my measurements I took in the top some, curved the neckline a bit, and curved the openings for my arms.

Once I had the basic shape sewn, I tried the top on and marked where I wanted the shirring to begin.  I shirred a 3" band and trimmed the bottom of the shirt 2" from the shirring.  The rolled hem didn't look quite right to me, so I trimmed the bottom of the top to 1" from the shirring.  This time, after the rolled hem there was only a 1/2" below the shirring.  Perfect!

The last alteration that I made was to take in the sides of the top until I had a flattering fit.  I also changed out my original cream tie at the neckline for the floral tie shown in the pictures.  I'm so glad I did that!

I think this top will make a great pairing with my denim pencil skirt, which is probably the single most versatile piece in my spring/summer wardrobe. :)  Now I just need an occasion to wear it!



Stacey said...

I LOVE this! I want one!!!! :)

Joey said...

Hi - coming over from "the official 2010 spring top group" on flickr. I just tried this shirring and would like to know if you had the same issue as me? I found I had no control over how tight the shirring became. My top does fit, but tight at the shirring and there should be a little bit more give in my fabric. email me at - thanks

Kara Forristall said...

Wow, this one is super cute! the shirring is so well done, I love the way it looks on!