Thursday, April 10, 2008

Combining Two Onions......Patterns, that is.

What do you get when you combine two onions? Onion patterns , that is. Well, I think a pretty cute top!

I used the front bodice from Onion 5038 and the rest of the garment is Onion 2017. I eliminated the front pleats from the lower front and now it fits more like a t-shirt. I thought I wanted the tunic look but after trying it on, no, not a good look. The 2017, needs the waistband and tie to complete the look and define my waist. The fabric is from Needle Nook Fabric and it has been in my house a couple of days.

I tried black buttons but it had to be red, they just pop.

Now, I had quite a bit of white-black polka dot left, a small scrap of black-white polka dot and a scrap of red knit. I used Simplicity 4076 again and did some changes. I was inspired a bit by this
Anthropologie top
and I came up with this.

In retrospect, I should have cut the red shorter as in the Anthro picture but I didn't think the look would be the best on me. I do think the top needs something between the red fabric and the polka-dot fabric. I pinned a bit of the black-white polka dot- what do you think?

It was so nice to make 2 quick tops, pretty instant gratification and my closet appreciated it.

Thanks for all the comments for Meredith. She hasn't had a chance to read them yet- track practice and homework are keeping her busy but this weekend I will show her all of them. I can just see the smile on her face!


  1. Anonymous5:50 AM

    this is just toooo cute Lori
    i love to combine, mix and match patterns, I mean, why not.. have a great weekend

  2. I love the black and red combo. Good choice on the bottom.

    I agree with you. The black trim between the red and white/black polka dots would look great. It brings together the trim on the sleeves and neckline.

  3. Super cute! Red, white and black plus polka dots ... I could die for this combination

  4. Yes, definitely add the black band to the top. Good to see these tops--I'm trying to knock out some quick knit tops too for work.

  5. The first top is so sharp! Great job combining patterns. I think adding the band to the second top would make it perfect.

  6. Anonymous9:11 AM

    Very cute! I love the black and white polka dots (I got that fabric too!) version.

  7. Both tops are beautiful! I love the combination of colors and the polka dots fabric very much! My two cents also go to adding the extra band of polka dot fabric!

  8. Yes I think the extra line of polka dot fabric, or maybe a bow of some sort? Both tops are very cute!

  9. Super cute. I love the combination with red and polka dots, but would buy the first one immediately if I saw that in a store. at least, only when it was as well made as yours :)

  10. The shirts look great. I also like the black strip under the red in the bottom shirt. You do such great work.

  11. Anonymous5:57 AM

    Lori, the black band between the red and white would be perfect.

  12. Cute tops, Lori! I do like the edit you made to the red and black top afterwards, though. It looks more defined that way. The red buttons on the first top were a good choice, too.