Saturday, April 16, 2011

For me...........

 Here's the first top that I have made for myself since.............uh????????????? I don't remember when!
This is some really cheap inexpensive fabric I bought at Walmart!  I didn't want to take a chance on an expensive piece of fabric for my first top for myself, in case it didn't turn out so well.  I loved the watercolor look about it.  The colors are really pretty, I thought.  I used a shirt that I already had to get the basic size, etc.... Then, I played with it on my dress form.   I cut the ruffles on the front on the bias and draped them from the top to the bottom overlapping them.  As you can see, they have a curve to them.  I zigzagged the edges while stretching the fabric on the hems on the top and the sleeves, as I went, so that it gives the fluted ruffled look.
I guess you can tell that this is the back view.  It fits me a little too tightly snuggly around the arm scye in the back.
The part I like the least about this top is the sleeves.  They are too short and too full for my taste, but I actually copied the sleeve on the top that I used as a pattern.  Somehow, they didn't turn out exactly the same.  I look like a linebacker butterfly about to take off.
I do like the neck.  I made a bias binding from the same fabric.  After applying it, I went around the edge with my hem stitch from my sewing machine.  I reversed the stitch and adjusted the width so that the swing stitch would go JUST off the edge.  I also tightened the tension on my top thread so that it would pull in just a little, making the shell effect.

So, even though it isn't perfect, it is wearable.  I will make longer sleeves next time(probably 3/4 length) and take fullness out. That is, if I ever make another top similar to this one.  The next project for my self is a shrug to wear to a couple of weddings I have coming up for 2 nephews and a niece.  I'm not really sure what I'm going to wear to these weddings, but I have 2 sleeveless dresses that I like a lot, except I DO NOT wear sleeveless anything!!!!  I have a pattern for a shrug that has several views.  I'll have to decide which I like best.  Hum?????????  I also thought about cutting off the long dress that I wore to my daughter's wedding almost 6 years ago, and make new sleeves from what I cut off.  I really like the dress, but will probably never wear it the length it is again.  Plus, I don't like the sleeves on it either.  They were ok at the time, but that was 6 years ago!!  Can you tell I have issues with sleeves?  I don't have the pretty,  smooth, firm arms that I once did in my youth.

14 comments:

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Ooo Julia - this is pretty! I'll bet you look great in it, too!

sewing spots said...

What beautiful colors! I love the details you put on this.

ShirleyC said...

I really like that! Was it a pattern, or one you added the ruffles to? I love things that hang, but I do like longer sleeves. I was blessed with big arms, and have always tried to hide them!

Faye Lewis said...

That is beautiful my friend, I love the lettuce hem.

Cindy said...

The colors are very pretty and I like the print too!

Needled Mom said...

It looks lovely, Julia. I am the same way about sleeves. The 3/4 length are the ones I find most flattering. I do like the ruffling technique that you used and the pretty watercolor look.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great going Julia!!

gwensews said...

Now that you dipped your toe into the sewing waters for yourself, maybe you'll decide to do more! I think you did a fantastic job. And as for the arms--join the "women of a certain age" club!

MushyWear said...

What pretty spring fabric and I like your special details like the shell effect around the neck. You are off to a great start on your new wardrobe.

Gail said...

Had to see what you are making for yourself! Lovely work.

Shannon said...

Cool top! I love the lettuce edge and the scalloped neck is very pretty, too. Great job!

Kim said...

It is very pretty-I love the watercolor type look to it too! I hate sleeveless dresses too- I always feel like my arms need to be covered up :) I can't wait to see your shrugs and I'm wondering now if I can sew well enough to try to make myself one!

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

It looks great with the ruffles and those colors. I'm with you on the sleeves - no sleeveless anything.

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

This is so pretty, Julia. Looks so spring-like, too.

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