Here are two tops that I finished last month. They are part of my spring wardrobe inspiration board. First up is M5388. I made this top last year in a white gauze ( view D).
This time I made it in a knit and I made view B, size 10. This pattern runs a bit large so I sized it down, I measure for the size 16. It worked well in a knit, the only change I made was to shorten it a bit, about 4″. I think I may have shortened it too much, I wish it were an inch longer. I am contemplating adding a band at the bottom to do just that. Note to self, next time you make this pattern only shorten it 3 inches. For some visual interest I sewed machine embroidery on the yoke. I did the embroidery before construction.
Next up is a top from Burdastyle, it’s called the braided neckline tank.
It was a free download. Hooray for free patterns, right? I made some changes to this pattern as well. It was drafted for a knit, but I used a woven. The fabric is silk twill. It’s a lovely fabric with a nice sheen and drape with a slightly crisp hand. The main change I made was not to use a lining, instead I just used self fabric to make bias strips for the neckline and armholes. Also I shortened it about 2 “. I had to piece the back because I ran short of fabric, I only had 1 yard. Since I was piecing the back I decided to add a small design detail to make it go better with the front of the top, so I added some gathers in the center back below the seam.
I was a bit worried that the woven fabric wouldn’t braid as well as a knit, but I really had no problem with it. Oh, I did cut the braiding straps a bit longer (about 52″) as I knew I would need more length since there wouldn’t be any stretch to them.
I still ran a bit short and had to end them at the back armhole edge rather than overlapping on the neckline as the pattern called for, but it a small change that doesn’t really detract from the final top. Altogether I am happy with this top, it’s very flattering and comfy. I may add some lingerie strap holders on the straps as it is a bit slippery because of the silk and the neckline slips around as I move in it.
I am hard at work on the mini wardrobe sewing, I have finished a skirt, half a top and am currently in the middle of making khaki cargo pants. They will replace the original pants from the plan. I need them more than the originally planned pair of capri pants right now, perhaps I will make those at a later time.