Sunday, March 27, 2011

Simplicity 3790 - Red & white print knit top

I have a bright orange RTW top in this same style that I wear all the time, so knew I would love the fit of this pattern. The top is loose and casual through the midsection, but still fitted with the lower band and not too dumpy. Waist definition - even when low - is something I really like. Also, we are flying to Oregon this summer for vacation and I'm planning to fit everyone's clothing and such into carry-ons to avoid baggage fees. This ITY knit will be perfect as it hardly takes up any space and never wrinkles.

This fabric is from Denverfabrics.com - AKA Fashion Fabrics Club - and I've had it for a year or so. I cut the inside shell and bottom band on the cross grain to give it a bit of interest and so the design of the top didn't get lost with my busy fabric.


I love the addition of elastic at the shoulders.

I cut a straight size 10 and am usually a 12 in patterns. The only change I made to the construction was to use a bias tape finish for the neckline. I made a tutorial for that awhile back - check it out if you're interested. I've read on several blogs how necklines in knits can also be finished with clear elastic and am going to give this method a try soon.

You can see more of the bias tape finishing along the inside shell:

And look! I made a muslin! Okay, not really. It was yet another wadder, can you believe that?

When I finished cutting this out out, I wanted to try to make it per the pattern instructions and not be so fussy with the insides. I'm always reading how others have taken only a few hours to make a garment, and thought I needed an instant gratification project. So I folded over the fabric and stitched in place for the shell, and did a 5/8" double folded hem for the outer neckline. It stretched out horribly!!! The thing was practically falling off me! So now I am back to my bias tape finishing because that certainly does not stretch out. I didn't cry about this one though, just rolled my eyes a bit. I must be getting use to wadders. I wasn't too crazy about the fabric either, and think it resembles a black trash bag, especially from a distance when you can't see the snakelike texture.

I'm almost finished with a little denim skirt for my baby, and will be back in a few days with pictures of that. It is just adorable!

33 comments:

  1. Very cute top! I love the color! :]

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  2. I love this shirt! Just added the pattern to my "want" list!

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  3. I have this pattern and have not made it yet...great to see someone I subscribe to make it up nicely! I even like your wadder, LOL!!! I can't wait to see your daughter's denim skirt, I bet it will be just adorable!!

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  4. This top is great! I love the effect of cutting those pieces on the cross-grain. Looks fantastic. And, I appreciate your link to the tutorial. I'm starting a knit wrap dress soon and will think about using bias tape for the neckline. It's a similar neckline to this top. Thanks!

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  5. This looks like a great pattern, I like how there is a completed shell under the wrap. Your version looks fantastic, it's a really nice print and your finishing is perfect - as always!

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  6. Super cute little top! Another winner!

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  7. It is funny how different patterns can look made up compared to the envelope. I never like the envelope but after seeing your version I think I will give it a try :)

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  8. I really like your top, and want to thank you for doing it! I have seen this pattern a bunch of times and wondered what it would look like sewn. You are the person who first inspired me to sew, and continue to do so!!

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  9. Very Cute! I would have totally passed up this pattern but seeing yours makes me want one. I even have a similar fabric ;-)

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  10. I never would have pictured you in this style because you do such great tailored garments but it is fab! The color is perfect (so jealous--I don't have enough orange) and the style is casual but chic. You almost make me think I could wear this pattern (I couldn't, I'm way too big in the hips).

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  11. Cutting the bottom band on the cross grain is brilliant - really makes the top special.
    And I am glad to hear you sew wadders. I am perplexed that some folks sew up knit tops in just a couple hours. I believe them - but I wonder why can't I do that?

    Super cute top!

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  12. I love how you made this one your own. It looks vibrant and unique, even with the simple shaping.

    Cant wait to see the denim skirt for your little one.

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  13. It looks great! I have had this pattern for a few years now and it has gone untouched. Yours makes me want to move it to the top of my must sew list!

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  14. Cute top Amanda--the red and white print is just stunning! It's also a great color on you. Great rebound from the wadder--I think it's great that you go out on the limb to try new things with your sewing. Alot of people shy away from that.

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  15. Fabulous top. I would never have looked at this pattern but your top is very funky. Great use of the print.

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  16. Super cute! The color and print look outstanding on you. It will be perfect for your trip.

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  17. Love the red and white top. I'm sure that you've made a red skirt way back that this would look fabulous with too.

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  18. Love this top! You really used the fabric to its best advantage. Looks great!

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  19. What a great top! And it looks great on you!

    xxoo -N
    http://sequins-and-stripes.blogspot.com

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  20. Cute top,I think I have this pattern in my stash. I like the way you cut the shell so that it resulted in horizontal stripes on the "V" in the front. Maybe this will break your string of wadders.

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  21. I'm in love with this! Not only is it a great style on you, but the use of this printed jersey is wonderful. You look so happy and perfect for spring in this look. Total winner!

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  22. I love to sew, but I know little and want to learn more
    love your blog !!!!!
    I'm following
    kisses from Brazil

    http://munamo.blogspot.com/

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  23. Love your top - I never noticed this pattern but, of course, now that I have seen your beautiful version I want to buy it. The way you have cut the fabric is so clever - you have such a great eye for knowing how to use fabric in an interesting way to make a garment look really special!

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  24. I just bought some clear elastic at the recent sewexpo in Puyallup (sewexpo.com). You will probably use yours before I use mine.
    I am excited you are coming to Oregon. Let me know if you need help planning your trip highlights.
    Lovely blouse. The detailing is great.

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  25. super cute top. it has the semi-tailored look of a blouse but the comfort and style of a t. nice print too!

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  26. I LOVE how you used your red & white fabric! You really made it work!

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  27. Adorable as usual! Hey if you are coming to Portland during your Oregon trip and you want to fabric shop I'm your gal.

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  28. I love this blouse - - it is beautiful! Definitely one I will be adding to my sewing list. I was wondering how would you line a light or sheer knit blouse? I have a light yellow knit that I want to make but am hesitant that it would be too sheer for comfort without lining. Looking forward to your answer. Thanks for continuing to inspire us!
    Rosalia

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  29. Way too cute! You did a great job and it looks fantastic on you!

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  30. Nice top. You look great in red!

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  31. I love this on you - so cute! You look fabulous as always!

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