Monday, April 26, 2010

Brave New Top

Anyone remember Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World?  And how the society had degraded to the point that clothing was super thin and the fabric just fell apart?  No?  Well, never mind then.


Here is my Number Two for Made By Rae’s Spring Top Week and my completed assignment for Set-in Sleeves

I made this top based on a  sketch of mine.
I originally called the sketch of this "Tullip Top" because I designed the sleeves to look like tullips, sort of.
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I used one of the vintage dress patterns I picked up a month or so ago (McCall’s 4305, 1974)  for help with the princess seam placement and shaping. 
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The material is this crazy thin sheer with lavender polka dots from a bag of old 70s fabric my mom gave me.  It was super hard to sew with, tearing and fraying pretty much anytime the needle even brushed against it.  As a result, I did all the seams and finishing with rolled hems on my serger. 
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In spite of it’s difficulty in getting to this point, I’m super happy with how it turned out.  I love the little belt and the princess seams. I did a bit of scalloping and pin tucks on the sleeves, in addition to their gathering.
And I love the sheerness, now that I no longer am holding my breath while sewing it.  It just makes it that much more flirty and springy.
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I’m so in love with this design, that I’m totally going to make at least one more top just like it, but out out of fabric with just a bit more weight to it. 

20 comments:

Reno said...

My DIL has 'sheer' talent!

coffeyhouse said...

beautiful top! i wish i could sew!

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

Very cute. I love the sheer fabric. It completely says 'spring'!

Beth Lemon said...

That's adorable. I can see that as a cute little jacket too!

Kileen said...

So pretty and feminine. I love the sleeves!

saskia said...

wow, amazing

Christie said...

It turned out SO cute. You did a great job Sabra. You are so talented.

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Love it!

Go take some Soma.

KimnSam said...

that's it, sign me up, I want it! Great job designing! I love those old patterns and styles. SO cute! And Yes, I do remember A Brave New World... had to read that for my English class.. funny comparison. :)

Valarie said...

love it! great find on the pattern.

SAMZE said...

I do remember A Brave New World! ha ha ha!

Oh my gosh...you are just so creative and talented. I loooooooove that top you came up with! It is not only really cute, YOU look great it in! :)

Love the fabric choice as well! :)

Melanie said...

I am offically voting for this top. I love it! I had a few top disasters and have considered giving up... since there are only a few days left. I LOVE this top! Good job.

Alissa said...

it's beautiful! and extremely flattering.

Andrea said...

This turned out so well!! I just love it!

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Lisa Marie said...

Sabra, I love... love love LOVE this top! And I love how all of your drawings and plans are all so pretty and done on graph paper.
You would be ashamed of me if I showed you my notebook paper sheet with my last two drawings on them! I laugh when I look at it. :)

Jingle said...

Yup. So that is my favorite book of all time. No joke. Love. It. Your top came out super cute!!!

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is beautiful! Love it!

jessica domestica said...

Clicked over from Made by Rae--This is my absolute favorite of the spring tops. So, so cute! I've only just started learning to sew and I can't wait to get to this level of improvisation.

stampinsundevil said...

I would pay for this pattern...I love this top!!! Would you consider selling a pattern for this top...I'm about your size!

Tara said...

i love this top! you are so great on sewing...

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