Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Simplicity 4076 with a Bit Extra

I love Simplicity 4076



and have sewn it several times, only the view with the gathered neckline (bottom two pictures on the pattern envelope). Well, I have this wonderful fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics and want to make a knit shirt but this fabric needed a great design. I was looking throught some magazines and college daughter asked what I was looking for. I told her a great top to inspire some sewing. We talked for a bit about what I was looking for in my inspiration. She had the perfect top in her closet. a Christmas present from her boyfriend. It was from Anthropologie and here is a picture:




I loved the shirring and started thinking about how I could do this. Well, I dug in my pattern cabinet and found Vogue 8181.



I used the shirring from the Vogue dress on my top. I redrafted the Simplicity pattern by lowering the neckline the width of Vogue's shirred piece. The shirring was gathered and attached to the bodice of Simplicity 4076. I then gathered the top of the shirring and basted on the binding from the Simplicity pattern. A quick fitting of the neckline proved the shirring was good, binding was just right, so serged the binding to the shirring and then a bit of hand-sewing to tack down the binding to the wrong side.




A bow added to finish it off.


I was going to bell out the sleeves, add elastic inside the black fabric (made it a casing) but I really didn't like this look. So out came the elastic, the sleeves straightened. I do like the black fabric for a bit of detail.


Shirring on the back.



I love my new top and the process to reach it.

16 comments:

  1. Very cute - I love the shirring around the neckline, it gives it so much detail (and I love the fabric too)!

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  2. i looked at this top on anthropologie....i might ping you for me details if i get around to making it. your version looks good!

    teri

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  3. Donna W7:02 PM

    That top is absolutely beautiful!! You are so clever...
    Donna W
    Edmonton, Alberta

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  4. Sandra T.7:05 PM

    Wow, this is great. You are so creative! Your dd has good taste too. :)

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  5. Laura7:10 PM

    Great idea - the shirring really makes that shirt "wow".

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  6. fabulous top lori!!! your sewing is getting better and better -- you are sooo creative.

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  7. Very beautiful top! I like the colours and the contrasting bands

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  8. what a great top! You did a great job on redrafting it to make the design you wanted. Love the fabric, too.

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  9. Clever! I love how you morphed the two designs. The shirring is terrific and I agree that the contrasting fabric adds a great touch. Great top, Lori!

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  10. Very clever! It sounds fairly easy to do, I'm going to have to keep that in my mental file cabinet. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Gorgeous top - great fabric and what neat details!

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  12. Like how you waited for the inspiration to create the top of your dreams. Your persistence has paid off!

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  13. That's a fabulous top!!

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  14. Outstanding! I love how this top turned out!

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