Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Strappy top for summer days

I made my first finished object in bloody ages... a simple knit top. This is from BurdaStyle 06/2013, top 108. It has a corresponding maxi-dress style too. You can download the pattern here.

Love the double-strap style.
My fabric is a weird, shiny foil-print knit from the dancewear section at Spotlight. I think I was channeling Anne. Back when I was young (late 90s/early 00s), I was never without a shiny top to throw on for a night out. I'm too old for the backless/skintight/lowcut styles I used to wear. But it's still good to have an easy-to-wear dressy top.

Looks fine with a regular bra. The elasticated back is comfortable, too.
I love this style. It's a bit longer, has straps that allow me to wear a normal bra, and is not tight around the guts. It was really easy to sew - the instructions are even useful (if you need them)!

Shiny shiny shiny. With some inadvertent puckering (let's just pretend it's designed that way).
I made the back in a size 42 and the front in a size 44. This gave me a little extra hip/bust space, without a baggy back. I forgot to leave enough allowance at the top of the back to put the elastic in a channel... so instead I sewed the elastic on the seamline directly with a triple zig zag, then folded this over and sewed the allowance under.

From my Brother manual - this stitch is great for attaching elastic
From cutting out and setting up the machine to having a finished garment, this took less than two hours. That's without a serger, and with a cheeky late-afternoon cocktail!

Thought you might laugh at this like I did - it's really windy here!
If you like the style, I recommend this pattern. I'm thinking about giving the maxi dress a go before summer ends! I'd use a slightly heavier-weight knit next time. This should reduce the puckering at the front seam and help it to hang with a little more elegance.

Have you tried any new styles this summer? Or revisited a favourite style from your youth?

12 comments:

  1. I love the look of the shoulder/neck area detail in the straps ~ something a little quirky! Looks like a great top for hot summer days and the colour suits you ... J

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    1. Thanks, yes I thought the same thing about the style - just a little different. Teal is one of my favourite colours, so I'm pleased this worked out :-)

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  2. Windy as, bru! :P Good to see you're back. Cute top! Love the colour :)

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    1. There's nothing between our place and Sydney except westerly winds!!

      Hopefully my sew-jo is back for good... I've got a Marfy order on its way ;-)

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  3. The last shot is fantastic! The wind must truly be strong there, because I have a photo of my friend with the same wind-generated hairstyle and she was standing at the front of a cruise ship at the time (and I was hanging onto my glasses because they'd almost been blown off).

    I love double-strap detail on this top - it's gorgeous and it suits you so well.

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    1. I actually think we should buy a weather station - we get some pretty unique weather patterns here! There is literally no landmass between our house and Australia, so the westerlies are nearly constant and often very strong...

      And thanks - the straps were what attracted me to the pattern, and I'm glad they translated well into reality :-)

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  4. Cute top. Love the fabric and the details on the shoulders. Had to laugh at that pic. Looks like you are on a roller coaster. Welcome back to sewing and blogging.

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    1. Thanks for the (re)welcome! You're right, it does look like a rollercoaster pic :-)

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  5. Brilliant idea to make the back and front different sizes! I'll be borrowing that! Very cute top and a wonderful color on you

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    1. Hi Nancy! For a simple top like this, using different sized pieces worked fine. Especially as the fabric is a knit, it wasn't hard to get the sides to match up. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Nice to see you back - the top is great fun - the straps are lovely. I guess you have been very busy with your new home, so a throw together top is a great way to get back into things.

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    1. Hi Sarah Liz - as usual with your comments, you've read my mind :-)

      I'm planning a few more simple projects to get back in the swing of things!

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