The Top of Many Lessons

Oh my goodness. I thought this would be sooooo simple – loose fitting, no zippers, darts or buttonholes.

My first Peasant Top.

I know it’s not the Milly top I posted, but I like it.  My mother gave me the silk over 10 years ago, and I used a New Look pattern which I bought last year but never made.

The Lessons……….

  • From Cal Patch – measure  and make a “muslin”  for fitting purposes. I’m so glad I did this because I did make some simple fitting alterations such as adding  two inches to the  length
  • From the muslin I decided to use  elastic with fabric extensions rather than running a ribbon through the neck casing length.
  • Also from Cal Patch – I love, love, love the “faux” French seams for seam finishing!
  • Investing the time to make my own bias tape from the silk fabric for the neckline was an unexpected pain but worth it.

I have a new respect for the work behind the Milly tops I thought would be simple to make, for I have a long way to go!

This is when one of my favorite quotes pops into mind.                                                             “ I am still learning.”  Michelangelo … at age 81

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3 Responses to The Top of Many Lessons

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  2. suz says:

    I thought this top would be so easy It looks simple but I’m starting over on mine. Thank goodness. I made it from king size pretty blue paisley sheets ,lots fabric for boo boos it was too short and I sewed the short wing sleeves on inside out LOL what mess ! Your’s is very pretty so soft looking it looks great on you .

    • Thank you! Years ago I sewed a similar top out of a sheet. The top was very,very full! I have finally learned that full patterns require very drapey fabric or my frame will be overwhelmed. I still love this little top and hope yours turns out well :)

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