I've made a new top!
This is the little top from Vogue 1248, made of a light cotton voile the colour of pale milky coffee, and with miniature metallic silver polka-dots dotted sweetly all over like a starry starry sky...
the most interesting feature of this top is that it has a triple collar. This, I love. How cool and easy is this idea? so simple and so cute and yet you don't see multiple collars very often, if at all. When I was planning the top, I thought how wonderful it would be to make the collars in different colours to really show off this feature but couldn't find matching weight fabrics in colours I liked, and I vetoed as being too wasteful the idea of dyeing tiny little collar-sized pieces of fabric. So in the end I took the easy route of just using all one fabric. Next time... and yup, I am already plotting a next time, mwahaha (watch this space!)
The top also has snap-opening plackets both front and back, and I chose silver snaps to match the tiny silver dots on the fabric.
I'm not thrilled with the snaps... because my fabric is very very light and just may be too fragile for snaps, yikes! Undoing the snaps I am veeery carefully and slowly prising them apart, absolutely terrified of ripping the fabric. But this is completely my fault for not putting in heavy-duty enough interfacing to stabilise the plackets enough, something to bear in mind.
Another unusual feature about this little top; the two fronts and the two backs just go into the collar; with no shoulder joining seams, or any shoulder at all, for that matter! So really my calling it a sleeveless top is not going far enough; it is more specifically a shoulderless as well as a sleeveless top. I just went with "sleeveless" because; well, "sleeveless and shoulderless top" up in the blog post title is not super-succinct but is a bit of a mouthful and would have just befuddled and confused and had y'all going, "wha'?? no sleeves and no shoulders, well how can there be any top even left?".... but yeah, one's shoulders are bare too. This will a good feature for summer in a hot hot climate like ours; just as long as one remembers to slather on that suncream before heading out.
Following the "finishing off as well as I can" policy; the princess seams are flat-felled, the side seams are French seams, and the armhole facings are edged with self-fabric HongKong seaming but with the fabric reversed so as to have the silver dots hidden inside.
(left; inside the top and clockwise; HongKong seaming around the facing, flat-felled princess seaming, French side seaming: at right; that interesting triple collar)
Top; Vogue 1248, pale coffee cotton batiste with tiny silver polka-dots
Skirt; Burdastyle 10/2010, 136, made of black suiting, details and my pattern review here
Shoes; Misano, bought from Labels boutique
Top: fitted front and back snap closing
4-10 in this envelope, I made a straight size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I totally adore the triple collar feature!! Sooo cute! Will be doing this one again for sure, and using different coloured fabrics to highlight the three collars next time...
The length is a nice one which allows the top to look equally good out loose as well as tucked in.
very lightweight cotton batiste
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make any pattern alterations, but I did flat-felled seams on the princess seams, French seams at the side seams, and applied self-fabric HongKong seaming on the armhole facing edges.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I am already planning my next version in multiple fabrics, to show off that adorable triple-collared feature...! I do recommend this cute and slightly unusual little top pattern to others too.
Initially I was a little skeptical about this top pattern, as I tend to shy away from clothes which require special undergarments, but well, logically if you own a halter neck bra then you should wear it at least once in a while, no? And I do love this cute little top, I think the shape is flattering, feminine and quite unusual. My husband likes my shoulders on show like this, and I think the high neckline still gives the top a modest flavour and doesn't make me feel too exposed so it is a win all round!