I made these tops a couple of weeks ago and finally posted them. I am not going to do my standard review form but point out some highlights.
First top I used some leftover knit from another top and used solid black for the bands. I did not have enough of the black or the print ot make the rolled collar. I just used a bit of black as the binding and I am pleased with this.
Second time, just like the picture but my rolled collar is not wide enough. The fabric is a lovely rayon jersey from Joann's. I wore this last night with a khaki jacket, chunky necklace and felt very chic. This is a fun, fast top.
Thanks all for the wonderful comments on my daughter's trench and my skirt. For some reason, I am unable to respond to your comments. I want you to know I read each one of them and thank you for taking the time to post.
Here are a few responses - first for the skirt:
Would a line of stitching down the very edge of the pleat work? I think this would work perfectly, in fact after I stitched the skirt to the yoke, I thought about doing this. I was too lazy to unsew and stitch down the pleats. This would be a cute look, to topstitch the first 3-4" on the pleats with the contrasting thread.
Belinda and Rose:
Pointed out that none of the 2004 issues are in the archives for English. I can get the German site to post a picture on this blog. This is on my to-do list, thanks.
Grandma Connie's pleat suggestion
Finish the skirt as you normally would including hemming. Then on the inside fold of each pleat, on the wrong side of the fabric, top stitch just in the hem allowance of the pleat. That forces the inside fold to go the way it should and allows the outside fold to do it's own thing (which you can tame by hammering it flat and then using lots of steam and a clapper. Makes perfect sense, Connie, thank you.
Now for the Trench coat:
One note on the sleeve, it is not your fabric it is the pattern. I'm working on the same jacket using a stretch cotton sateen and I also had trouble easing in the cap. Thanks for sharing this, nice to know it wasn't just me.
Now a bit on the color, I can't take full credit for the combination. My daughter's favorite color is orange. In fact her room has this orange and aqua on the bed linens. Think Tommy Hilfiger orange. Anytime I can find her orange, we get it! So I knew the orange trench had to have aqua topstitching.