Tuesday, April 14, 2009

BWOF 11-2008-113 - Sleeveless geometrical circles top

I needed a fast and easy project after my Easter outfit, and this one fit the bill. What do you know - it actually was fast and easy! This is my third garment from the November issue, so I'm really getting my money's worth. (And incidentally, I found these brown slacks at Target for $6!!! When you can't even buy the fabric for what the item costs, it's a good time to buy in my book.)

Here's the back. It has a few pleats as well, though not as many as the front.

Okay, so you may never have noticed but I have a large head. I have trouble wearing headbands because they are tight and give me a headache. Most one size fits all hats don't fit. But I have never made something that I couldn't get over my head until this top. It was a simple fix by cutting the opening a little bigger. Here you can see the bias binding around the neck.

This is the front of the top flat without the belt. The waist is cinched in with an elastic casing.

I did french seams along the shoulder seams.

The armholes are finished by a double folding seam. Easy, right? But then I was left with the issue of finishing the side seams. Doing a french seam was not possible here. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided to follow the double folding seam at the armhole and secure it to the top with a whip-stitch. I used a single thread to be as invisible as possible on the outside.

Here's what the outside side seams look like. It's barely noticeable, especially when I'm wearing it.

This is the picture in the magazine. Isn't it hysterical?

I'm not sure what's next. I've got a dress to revamp the sleeves on, and a knit dress I'd like to make for a social event on Friday night. Decisions, decisions.

31 comments:

  1. This is sooooooooooooooooooo pretty! I love it. You always make such nice things!

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  2. You have yourself a winner. Love the sheer fabric and the pants are rockin'.

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  3. Pretty top! I like how you solved the issue with the side seams. That's always a difficult one when there is a slit in the hem.

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  4. Super cute! I'm always up for a fast & easy project! Looks fantastic!

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  5. Very pretty top, it looks great on you.

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  6. pretty - yes!

    if you like headbands i have the perfect answer for you! it's the only kind that will work for me because of my thick curly hair. :) i've seen them at target, ulta, walmart, and other places. they are a flexible plastic on the headband part - WITH the teeth you need to hold the hair in place - but get this, there is a stretchy band (like the kind you'd use for a pony tail - but longer) that holds the lower part of the headband under the back of your hair. SO the teeth and the rubberband thing hold it in place on your head! AND it's stretchy on the bottom to fit over the biggest hair (or head - though i NEVER thought yours was big!) :)

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  7. Very nice - love the fabric.

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  8. I love this top!! I didn't really like it in the magazine but I can totally see me copying you. Bwaa haaa haaa.

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  9. I'd been thinking about making this top but was thought that it might be a little too plain. Your version is hardly that. I'll give it go with my black and white silk.

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  10. Recently found your blog and I am so impressed with your abilities and sense of fashion. I will continue to follow your adventures. Darling blouse.

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  11. Lovely top. Quick and easy is always a plus. $6.00 pants couldn't wouldn't pass them up. Great outfit.

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  12. Lovely top! I love how everything you make is pretty inside and out!

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  13. I agree with Adrienne, your top is sooooooooooooooooooo pretty.

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  14. Very nice! I like the way you finished the seams on the inside. The fabric is very nice. I have the headbands that heidi jo is talking about. I think my head is average size but those headbands are very comfortable.

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  15. That really did come out lovely. Light and airy. Very beautiful!

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  16. Great Top with great fabric! The pants look like they cost much more.

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  17. That is a great outfit. The top compliments the pants so well!

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  18. Beautiful top. I really love the fabric.

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  19. Very pretty top. The magazine photo doesn't do it justice--doesn't even look like the top you made.

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  20. Sometimes the easiest pattern are the best!

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  21. I used the same pattern, but with long sleeves, quick and easy, you did a great job!

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  22. This pattern should be a great dress too. Your blouse is great, love to see in this light fabric!

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  23. WOw, this is such a simple looking pattern, but yours is fantastic!

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  24. What a great use of a beautiful piece of fabric. That top is perfect for they style.

    I am on the opposite side of head sizes-thus one size does not fit all for me. I love hats but have to add something always to inside to make them fit.

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  25. Easy, quick, fun and gorgeous! I want one too!

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  26. Ha, ha! We both have "big head syndrome"! Jerry won't even let me try on his sunglasses because he says I'll stretch them out! Cute top!

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  27. What a great way to deal with side seams like that! I'm so going to use that technique from now on when I come across the same situation. Well, for tops at least, I think I might get annoyed with a whole dress.

    And I must say that you've made me want to make that top way more than BWOF's photo of it does! Their's looks schlumpy, while your's looks flattering and elegant. Yay you!!

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  28. Your top looks so much better than what I envisioned when I saw it in BWOF.
    Lovely thick braid! Long hair rocks doesn't it :)

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  29. I thought your comment on your big head was funny. I made this too (need to post it tho') and found that I could get my melon through if I turned it sideways, put my head through, and then spun it back to forward facing, slipped my arms in, etc. (Does that make sense?) Might be easier than refitting the neckhole next time. :) Your blouse really is pretty!

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