I wanted to make this one for a few reasons. Firstly, it wasn’t a dress. I need more tops in my wardrobe! I also liked the shoulder ruffles. I decided to use this pretty French General fabric. The ruffles feel a bit like wings, but I think they’ll soften up as I wash the fabric more. I think they would drape much nicer and softly with a cotton voile or tana lawn cotton. I used the rolled hem foot to create perfect tiny hems on edge of the ruffles. I’ve been using this foot more and more and really love it.
This is a fairly simple pattern – bias tape up and around the neckline and along the armholes with some gathering along the waist. I love the billowy look and the long side ties. I’m thinking about putting a little hook and eye at the neck to hold the top together. Otherwise, I need to make myself some cute tank tops to layer underneath.
p.s. Have you heard of New Dress a Day? Marisa is impressively remaking 365 thrifted dresses on a budget of $365. Wow!
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love it! i’ve been wanting to make this top for a while now – and now even more so! Your version is really beautiful!!
I absolutely love this top. It is beautiful!
This is so great Karyn!
this is really a lovely top!
STUNNING! You continually inspire me!
I can’t wait for this week to be over – my course is done and all my unfinished projects will get some attention. I think one of my japanese dress books has a similar top, and I only hope it looks as pretty as yours when I’m done!
The top is stunning and you look gorgeous in it. It’s already on my fairly long list of Japanese sewing book to-do’s but seeing you in this has pushed the project further up the ranking. Love the choice of fabric and as for the sleeves, I’ve just finished ‘N’ from the same book which has similar sleeves and I find them really cute, wings or no wings!
Such a pretty top and the French General fabric is perfect for it! Must get myself a copy of this book (which of the Stylish Dress Books is your favourite??)
LOVE! Makes me want to go home and make a top too. And I love the fabric!!
Cute! You are very talented!
I love the fabric and double ruffles at the shoulders! I was trying to decide which “Stylish Dress Book” to get my mum to buy for me on her Japan trip in September this year, but I think I will have to get all three!
[…] this top a long time ago and I like it a lot, but never get to wear it that much. I first saw it on Karyn from The Workroom and quickly went to buy the book. It is a very easy pattern but I took my time to […]