Monday, March 9, 2015

New Top for Spring

One of the things I have been wanting to sew is a new top for spring and summer. Not just any top... I had the exact design in my mind of how I wanted the top to be like. There are similar patterns out there, but I haven't found one that I was completely satisfied with. For example, the neckline is too wide open, or the arm hole is too big so when I move around it shows everything, or the tip of the shoulder is pointy and stands up the way I don't like and so on and so forth.

I bought a yard of beautiful tana lawn by Tula Pink last summer with the intent to make the top. I wanted to make sure that I created a pattern that I love and use that to sew the top so I would definitely wear it.

After some measuring, drawing lines, erasing and drawing again, I finally had a pattern that I was pretty confident that I would love. Right away, I put the pattern to the test and here is what it looks like...

My favorite type of neckline is a little below the collar bone.

The arm hole is open just right, it is comfortable and I have full range of motion, but it is closed enough that you don't see anything from the side when I raise my arms.

I also added belt loops on the side seams. I made it very close to the fabric, so it is not very noticeable. I thought I could wear it with or without the belt.

There are a few options that I was considering for the bottom seam. I decided to go with a nice curved line instead of a straight cut.

It was so fun trying it out, but it is a bit too cold to wear it outside. Tana lawn is very thin material, and it is perfect for sewing tops like this. I can't wait for spring and summer though.

I am so happy with how it turned out, I am going to make a couple more tops with different fabrics (I already have some Liberty of London in my stash. Yay!). I know I can use this pattern as a base and tweak it a little bit to create something different as well. I wore this with a skirt, but it would look cute with skinny pants and pair of flats. Wouldn't you agree?


  1. very nice! & very flattering. look forward to seeing your other tops when you make them
    thanx for sharing

  2. Oh, how pretty! I really like the colors, and they look wonderful on you.

  3. You look beautiful in that colour and style!! Well done. You definitely should make more. Makes me want some too!

  4. Oh, this looks so gorgeous! I love the fabric, and the finished top suits you very well and looks great with the skirt!

  5. That top is lovely, Sachiko. It will be just right for summer.

  6. I'd love to have one in black, burgundy or plum! Sanna


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