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Sewing to Wear – Two New Tops!

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These are a couple of tops I made to wear to work. I can wear them anywhere, but work will do.

The first is made from a wool gauze from Emma One Sock (where else) and this gauze is fantastic. It’s not just a winter fabric at all, but light enough to wear year round. The print is lavender, periwinkle blue and orange, orange being one of my favorite colors.

The pattern I used is this one


which I shortened to make a top. I love the lines of this dress and I would wear this with leggings. As soon as I make the leggings ……………..

Here’s the top

I had to line this because the wool gauze is sheer. It was super easy. I just made the shirt back and front out of an orange jersey and sewed them together at the neck. The right side of the lining is toward my skin – which is how I always do it. The sleeves are unlined.

The second top is my all-time favorite. The fabric is a polyester sheer knit. It is hard to explain but there are stripes through it and the abstract print is printed over the sheer fabric. Makes no sense so I’ve taken a close-up.

The pattern for this was seriously mutated by me. I used Marcy Tilton’s


Vogue 8582. I don’t see this on the site any more. I’d look for it, seriously, it is one of the best and most functional shirt patterns I’ve ever used.

To this pattern I added a ruffle at the bottom of 4″ in depth. The ruffle is split at the sides to allow me to sit without pulling it. I just shortened the top enough so that it would be the right length for me with the ruffle. This too had to be lined because the knit is sheer. I just made the front and back but this time I used a neckband to put them together. A great way to calculate a neckband is a ratio of 75%. Whatever the measurement of my neckline is, I use a strip of fabric for the neck binding that is 75% of that. I used normal construction methods on this shirt. By that I mean I did an overcast of the seam allowance before I put the top together and I put clear elastic in the shoulder seam to keep it from stretching out. I used 3/4 sleeves on this top. I love it.

Both of these will be fun to wear – with jeans!


Author: Jennifer

I came from a family who made things. My father was a carpenter with a passion for making furniture. My mother sewed, crocheted, cooked and made a home on a shoestring. My grandmothers both quilted. As a teenager, I found batik through a wonderful art teacher who allowed me the freedom to batik yards of fabric. I then cut them up into a pattern and wore the item I made. I was ecstatic. I painted in my teens and twenties and my parents gracefully supplied me with oil paints and turpentine. When I needed an easel, my father took me to the shop where he worked and made me one. When he found unused and unwanted canvas, he brought it home and stretched it for me with wood from his shop at home. I was indulged at every step of the way. I wasn't ever told that I could not do something or that I should not do something. I was given freedom to chose my path in life. A blessed life I have lived, for sure.

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