Sunday, August 12, 2007


I lied, so sorry, but this project just took my attention. It is an Anthropologie top and I love the look, variation on a simple t-shirt.

Here is my version, fabric from Fashionista Fabrics and I used Simplicity 4076

Here is the sleeve, I adjusted the sleeve length and then didn't narrow the sleeve from the armsyce. I cut my band 2-1/2" wide and 11" long (the width of the sleeve at my length without any widening). I ran a basting stitch and gathered the sleeve to fit the band.

The bodice - this was front only. I drew a line on the side notches of my pattern. The notches were above the waist, as you can tell. I then traced this piece and added width to the bottom of the new bodice piece. I cut the bottom front and added seam allowance to this piece. I gathered the bodice to match the bottom front piece. I tried to have most of my gathers in the middle to match the gathers on the neckline. I did not change the back.

I am so pleased with my new top, something for early fall. I am also pleased because I am thinking outside the pattern and making changes to really make it my own.

Speaking of being your own designer - I just bought the Sew Stylish Magazine Fall 2007, it is great. Changing a basic pattern with designer details - talk about enabling. Really helpful and eye-opening.


  1. Lori,

    And I so love your new top as well! Sewing outside the box! Kewl!


  2. That is a great adaptation of the pattern to the inspiration! That sleeve is so cool!

    I love that fabric. Ay yi yi... just what I need... a new fabric source!

  3. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Beautiful! I love you version so much better than Anthropologies!

  4. i have been seeing that style of top quite a bit....very flattering. i have a couple pieces of knit that would be perfect for this style.

    isn't it fun to make patterns do what you want?


  5. Lori, I love your new top and what you did with the pattern! Isn't it great that we are slowly getting access to all these great knit fabrics? It's nice to hear that the new Sew Stylish magazine is another good one. I'm a big fan!

  6. Really like the top. What great fabric!