Saturday, June 8, 2013

Easy tops

Thank you for your lovely comments on my jacket. Apparently I often say that I’m doing something simple after a complex projects, as one commenter found it funny I always say that. It is the way it works for me, I usually want to do some easy projects before doing something complicated again. Right now I’m thinking about another summer jacket  in a linen/cotton blend and looking for inspiration what to make.

Summer has arrived and it’s too warm to wear the jacket.I wouldn’t dare to complain, it’s been cold so long and I’m happy to have higher temperatures. The jacket will be there when the weather changes again (too soon probably). It is time to add a few summer tops to my wardrobe The top above is not a real summer top but a trial top for the combination of a Ottobre top and the collar of a StyleArc pattern. I like the collar/neckline very much and will use it more often. A thank you to one of my readers who shared the collar draft with me!

Below two cowl neck tops that only took an hour to make each. The first one can also be worn with the jacket, the color in it is the same. Bought it in the same shop so might have been designed that way.

The top on the left is the same I made last year from a very old pattern from a friend. I am a bit dis-organized (those who have seen my sewing room can confirm that) and have apparently not completely written what I had changed or wanted to change or whether the seam allowances were still included after my changes. It was too wide and I have taken in the side seams quite a bit. I loved the amount of drape of this top especially (not too deep, not too high) so I made my own pattern, based on a t-shirt pattern that fits me well and giving it the same drape. I’ve written clearly on the pattern that it does not have seam allowances so I know that when I come back to it next year! I think you can even see on the dressform that it’s a bit more fitted.

Below I’ve tried to show how I did make this cowl neck pattern based on the front of a t-shirt pattern. The resulting pattern has a front facing through the whole front arm hole. In the last drawing the lighter line is the foldline.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’m enjoying some sunshine on my bicycle tomorrow!

PS: thank you also for commenting on the alternatives for google reader. I’m trying the alternatives to bloglovin too and might end up with another reader service.


  1. I usually go for something easy after a more complex project too, and your 3 lovely tops were the perfect pick-me-up :)

  2. Dank je wel voor het delen van je tekening ik ga hem zeker proberen. Mooie shirts zijn het weer geworden.


  3. Sigrid - Your tops are absolutely beautiful. I love all 3 of them.

    As for the Google Reader/Bloglovin debate... please make sure we know how to find you when you make the change. Love your blog and don't want to miss anything.

  4. I am totally with you on doing easy after complicated - nice top

  5. After creating that beautiful jacket from your previous post, I can see why you would want a simple project as a follow-on!

  6. I always wondered how a cowl top was drafted, in case if I wanted to modify one...thanks for sharing!

  7. Cute tops! The drape is perfect!

  8. Your graphic is awesome! Wow! I love the tops, and I am just in awe of your stripe matching at the sleeve. i just cannot quite figure that out.