Anchors Away

08 Mar Anchors Away

“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.”  Oscar de la Renta

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  I don’t know how to sew casual clothes –  the kind of knock around frocks you wear on the weekend – but I’m going to learn.

I believe the art of making a simple garment requires an underestimated level of sophistication that I’ve yet to acquire.  How does one

  • Avoid the discount department store look?
  • Address excessive ease in loose-fitting patterns?
  • Achieve a finished appearance despite a lack of construction details?
  • What is Eileen Fisher’s secret?

I gave myself the assignment to sew a very casual top  – one I would wear on a spring morning while sipping coffee on the porch at the beach.

 As a devoted fan of blue and white everything, I ordered this double-faced navy and white nautical stripe cotton-blend jersey from Mood Fabrics.

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 The fabric is beachy and the price is right. I can make a top for under $15.00.

 And is it possible to get more casual than this McCall’s pattern?M6355

 I liked several things about the pattern description such as a semi-fitted garment, optional vertical darts, and a pattern designed for knits and wovens.

 All that was left to do was fit the garment and add my personal touch, which came in the form of a mistake. The fabric was too thick to fold over the double-layered neck facing forcing me to finish the seam with the serger and leave the bias facing exposed. Adding the bottom bias band seemed like an obvious next step.

What do you think?

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 I guess I passed the assignment, and I like the added touches, but I’m not completely happy.

 I opted out of sewing the vertical darts due to the weight of the fabric, but look at the line drawing – very shapely without the darts if you ask me. I didn’t believe they were necessary.

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 T h i s   t o p   i s   j u s t   t o o   b o x y .

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 I’m not much for pity parties and I had fabric left over, so guess what?

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Kenneth King’s Clone Your Favorite Garment class to the rescue! I cloned a favorite, two-year old, J McLaughlin top and now I have just what I want.

The front fabric piece reveals the curves that give it a simple and attractive shape.
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There are no darts and the top is well proportioned.

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 This second time around I sewed French seams in the sleeves allowing me to neatly roll the sleeves and show the contrasting band.

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 As I mentioned before (blogged here), Kenneth King’s course is enlightening! No measuring is involved whatsoever, the use of materials is very efficient and it unlocks designers’ secrets to coveted clothes.  I’ll never understand why the search for simplicity is often so complex – but I suppose it’s worth contemplating one of these days while sitting on the porch at the beach – perhaps in a blue and white striped top.

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Best wishes 🙂

goodbyevalentino
goodbyevalentino@gmail.com
105 Comments
  • Tiffany
    Posted at 12:26h, 08 March Reply

    How nice! I actually really like both versions. Yes, the first one is boxy, but it looks stylishly so (not just too big).

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:50h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you, Tiffany! One of my daughters has already asked for shirt #1 and I believe she can pull off the look better than me 🙂

  • Donna
    Posted at 12:35h, 08 March Reply

    I actually like the second version much better. It’s curvy and shaped in all the right places, resulting in a much better fit. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:51h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you, Donna! For me the second fit is far more flattering – it was worth making another one 🙂

  • caroline lazzara
    Posted at 12:38h, 08 March Reply

    Fabulous! As always…….

  • jstarr4250
    Posted at 12:46h, 08 March Reply

    I actually love the boxier one, too and can easily see it with some gauzy wide leg cropped pants. They’re both wonderful. Amazingly, I must have felt the vibes all the way from Edisto…my navy and white striped fabric arrived yesterday for another J McLaughlin inspired dress using the same exact pattern!! Love that nautical look…. Houseguest season has begun so hoopefully I can get to some sewing soon.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:49h, 08 March Reply

      Many thanks but unfortunately for me…… it’s all the way from Spartanburg! Can’t wait to see your dress. 🙂

  • 365 Creative Dresses
    Posted at 12:48h, 08 March Reply

    I love both of them. I, too, have trouble with the “casual” clothes look—especially in dresses. Red, white and blue always says “casual” to me, and I think there are other combos that have that feeling, too. Brights with white. I start out every season with goals to have three casual outfits, and three “party casual” outfits, but don’t succeed. Summer is more difficult than winter, in my opinion. However much you protest, I suspect you always look great!
    Jeannie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:22h, 08 March Reply

      Many thanks :). Summer is easier for me because I am naturally drawn to all of the summer colors, but at any rate, I have some learning ahead of me!

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 12:48h, 08 March Reply

    Oh, well done! I like the second top much better 🙂 It doesn’t threaten to overwhelm your trim shape 🙂 Love the knit fabric, too – and the lining in the sleeve is just so cute! Unexpected touches – like when you roll your sleeves up and a fun lining shows – are just great little details.

    As usual, another wonderful inspiration for the rest of us!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:23h, 08 March Reply

      Ahh… thanks, Cheryl! (especially for using the word trim 🙂 – it gets harder and harder.)

  • Deborah
    Posted at 12:49h, 08 March Reply

    Have often thought it would be great if pattern companies would publish the outlines of the actual pattern pieces, rather than just a schematic. The difference between the contoured, second shirt, as opposed to the boxy first shirt would then be obvious before purchase. Really like the second shirt. I am a fan of closer fitting garments.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:24h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you, Deborah and I completely agree about publishing the actual pattern pieces 🙂

  • Leigh
    Posted at 12:55h, 08 March Reply

    I like the shape and simplicity of the second top. The Vneckline is more flattering on you and the shaping shows off your figure. 🙂 Great job! On that first one, the round neck and bottom band are a bit ‘widening’ on an already boxy garment. Something about the bottom band also looks a bit Becky-HomeEc-y. Not your sewing, just the design detail. Perhaps it is too wide? Not sure.

    I’m going to have to take that Kenneth King class. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:59h, 08 March Reply

      I agree with your comment in its entirety! One of my daughters like shirt #1 and has asked for it — it’s on its way 🙂 Many thanks for the comment!

  • Angela
    Posted at 13:00h, 08 March Reply

    I would be happy if I had made either of them, but you’re right — the second one is better:) Your work is lovely as always.

  • Steph A
    Posted at 13:06h, 08 March Reply

    I love the fabric, and love top #2 best. The cut is so much more flattering. It amazes me how the shape can be so good without darts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:19h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you, Steph A! I guess RTW designers know how to design shapes flattering to millions of women. I love the fabric too and couldn’t stop until I was happy – resulting in top #2. 🙂

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 13:28h, 08 March Reply

    I tend to agree with you that the 2nd top is more flattering on you, however I do like the first top too (as a stand alone item)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:20h, 08 March Reply

      Thanks, Pauline! My daughter immediately asked for the first top when she read the blog and well…….. it’s on its way to her. I believe it will look better on a 20 something than me and am delighted to know it won’t hang around in my closet.

  • ewellons
    Posted at 13:50h, 08 March Reply

    I actually think they are both cute — each in its own way. But you’re right about the boxy part! I made this pattern as a dress last summer and ended up adding darts in the back to give it some shape. Your J McLauglin knock-off is perfect — and the style is much more “you”!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:21h, 08 March Reply

      Many thanks, Cissie! My younger daughter has claimed top #1 after reading the post. I’m delighted 🙂 🙂

  • Rachel
    Posted at 13:56h, 08 March Reply

    I like both! I’m learning to sew knit right now, too. My goal is to make items that fit into my lifestyle, some simpler, more casual basics. I agree with you, sometimes it’s even harder to make a simple casual garment over and fancy one!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:23h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you Rachel! I don’t know why that is but I do believe in simple garments, the cut/shape of the pieces is the key to a flattering garment 🙂

  • Becky
    Posted at 14:00h, 08 March Reply

    I like both, but it’s important to feel good in what you wear, so I understand completely that you wanted more shaping. Both are attractive, but I can tell from the difference in your expressions how you felt about both- LOL! The expression on your face in top #1 is very dubious! I do think sewing simple clothing is more difficult. There is no fussiness to detract from the lines of the garment, and every single seam shows! You pulled it off!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:24h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you, Becky! I guess I’m pretty easy to read, huh? Your are sew right – everything shows in a simple garment so it better be right!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 14:08h, 08 March Reply

    Well you know what they say “less is more” and this is a perfect example.

  • Does it look home made?
    Posted at 14:12h, 08 March Reply

    I like your own more fitted version , both versions are really nice on you but your own copy just has the edge, and by the way I love your blog and find it a real inspiration.

  • Pam from South Australia
    Posted at 14:17h, 08 March Reply

    What a great comparison post. I love both versions on you but it is interesting to compare the two. Your Kenneth King class is proving to be invaluable.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:27h, 08 March Reply

      Many thanks, Pam! What can i say about the Kenneth King class – ” I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! ” There, I said it. 😉

  • Helen
    Posted at 15:04h, 08 March Reply

    Dang! Love the posting altogether, very educational for me. I have been mystified about knits and t-shirts; why something so simple can look so much more flattering in one almost identical style than another.
    I think you’ve shown in a few pictures and words what could fill a book about design.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:35h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you, Helen! I’m truly delighted to know I’ve taught somebody something! Thank goodness for pictures 🙂

  • Ruth
    Posted at 15:06h, 08 March Reply

    You need to ask? Here’s what you do – buy a yacht and wear the first one on deck: buy tickets to France and wear the second version on the Rivera – simple! You get to wear both tops and get your money’s worth – LOL.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:38h, 08 March Reply

      LOL! I’ll take the second top and the Riviera since boats are so much trouble and I don’t really like the the first top on me. 🙂 🙂 Actually I just gave top #1 to one of my daughters who wanted it after she read the post!

  • Jennifer Reemeijer Quick.
    Posted at 15:20h, 08 March Reply

    I much prefer your clone top, the other one is boxy and the fitting at the armpit is odd. I have had the latter problem with top problems too and instead clone, clone, clone- a good fit everytime! The fabric is gorgeous btw 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:40h, 08 March Reply

      Many thanks, Jennifer! Cloning definitely seems to be the answer!

  • Karen
    Posted at 15:44h, 08 March Reply

    I like them both, but the second one is definitely more flattering to you. And even for “knock-around”, it’s great to know your clothes are an enhancement, not a distraction!

  • AncientElna
    Posted at 15:59h, 08 March Reply

    Enjoyed your post and comparison of the two tops. I love the first one for its details. Yes, the cloned top is more purely flattering to your figure, however.

  • Linda T
    Posted at 16:26h, 08 March Reply

    A french dart provides shaping of a bust dart and vertical dart. Peggy Sagers puts french darts in her knit patterns. Give them a look; maybe what you would like. check out her free webcasts on her website silhouettepatterns.com I do think your top looks good.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:28h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you sooooooo much for the tip, Linda! I’ll do that immediately 🙂

  • Joen
    Posted at 16:28h, 08 March Reply

    Both tops look great, just depends on what fit you are looking for. The clone however is my favorite as I think it flatters your figure better.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:02h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you, Joen – these days it’s all about flattering the figure as best I can so i’m going with the clone as well. 🙂

  • Vivian
    Posted at 16:36h, 08 March Reply

    I agree, the second is a much better fit. The first, even though described as fitted, isn’t. I did make a knit (sweatshirt) dress once that had a dart, that I topstitched down and looked great. But is was a solid color and added to the quirkiness of the dress, which was straighter, short, and had a stand up cowl neckline, so although it was a simple style, the dart didn’t detract, as much as it did on yours. I think with the stripe fabric, you needed a more fitted style. I love the second.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:04h, 09 March Reply

      Many thanks, Vivian! I agree that vertical darts on stripes would be too distracting but fortunately it all worked out 🙂

  • NinaLBoston
    Posted at 18:36h, 08 March Reply

    I thought the first shirt was just fine . . . until I saw the second one! Thanks for the great example. Some day I will have to take Kenneth’s course. It must be fun to sew casual clothes instead of office wear. (How great to get exactly the length shirt you like!). And, as always, you look trim and MAHVELOUS!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you, DAWHLING for the lovely comment! 🙂 Sewing casual clothes isn’t so fun yet but I believe it will be once I figure out what I’m doing.

  • Carolyn Boland
    Posted at 19:15h, 08 March Reply

    LOVE the second top—perfect!
    And you look great in
    Anything you wear! Thanks
    For sharing!

  • Jill
    Posted at 20:43h, 08 March Reply

    Loving everything you have done! I have let my sewing go downhill lately and needed some inspiration so I was perusing the Mood website. I was familiar with many of the Mood bloggers but something about your projects hit me. Now I’m a follower, bought some of the mood brocade and can’t wait to start my pants!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 09 March Reply

      Hi Jill – Thank you so much for writing! There are some great bloggers on the Mood website and I’m delighted to be included. You can’t go wrong with brocade pants – good luck!

  • artattack024
    Posted at 20:44h, 08 March Reply

    Really cute top! Is this the first thing you’ve made from this pattern? I have it and have never broken it out of the envelope. You’re really piqued my interest on the KK cloning technique…your results are amazing!
    😀

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you, Dorcas! Yes, this is the first thing I’ve made and I’m not sure the pattern is me so it might be my last. About the KK class – – – go for it it you have clothes you’d like to copy. The lessons are brief and I found them very informative.

  • Denny Kenny
    Posted at 20:53h, 08 March Reply

    I too love top #2 – lately I have been making all types of gathered,crossover, fancy type tops but just last week I reverted to my old faithful Butterick 6084 which is the same as your 2nd top. As soon as I looked in the mirror I was absolutely delighted with the way it looked and I appeared much slimmer (must be the v neck line). Sometimes old tried and tested patterns are the best. Could you please explain how you finished off the v neck line? My old pattern does it the old fashioned way with a stretch interfacing on the 1 1/2″ wide v neck facing. Nothing wrong with that, but so time consuming!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:19h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you, Denny!
      I followed the instructions from the McCalls pattern for the neck facing by sewing a bias strip slightly smaller than the neckline right sides together. The facing was turned inside, pressed, stitched with a double needle and trimmed very close to the stitching since bias knits will not ravel. I used this method because the fabric is thick, but McCall’s offered three techniques.

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 21:28h, 08 March Reply

    Both look fine, but I know what you mean about preferring something more fitted. I watched KK’s class last weekend – very interesting. Did you do the silk organza ‘map” to replicate your RTW top? Wondering if you need to go to that extent to copy a knit top? Or could you just trace? I like the idea of avoiding the dart. PS – I find Jalie knit top patterns are drafted brilliantly to avoid need for darts on knits…

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:23h, 09 March Reply

      Hi CherryPix! I did do the silk organza map and I am loving this method. For instance, the side seams on my RTW top roll to the back when the garment is flat, but by pinning the garment to the organza I could flip it over and get the seam line. I do have a Jalie knit top pattern but I haven’t sewn it yet. Thanks for the tip!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 23:30h, 08 March Reply

    I really like both tops! The second one suits you better, though, an I saw that your daughter already claimed the first one – perfect solution. The red cover on the John Irving book in the last picture caught my eye. Are you a fan? Books, blue and white tops, white pants, time for a trip to the beach!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 09 March Reply

      Hi Andrea! I received a text message from my daughter within three minutes of publishing the post 🙂 – – – was thrilled she liked it so much and I know it will be cute on her. My husband reads all of John Irving’s books, but I couldn’t agree more that it is time for a trip to the beach! 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 02:01h, 09 March Reply

    Wow, what a difference your cloned top is. Beautiful!

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 03:06h, 09 March Reply

    I like the second top better than the first. Isn’t it interesting the difference in a commercial garment and a home pattern? I think the shaping in the second makes all the difference.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:31h, 09 March Reply

      Hi Jacqui! Yes, I’m finding there is an amazing difference between commercial garments and a home pattern. Why is that? In both instances of copying RTW it was very obvious the shaping made an enormous difference in fit and appearance. Many thanks for writing 🙂

  • Karin
    Posted at 07:41h, 09 March Reply

    The second project is pot on! It looks simple , but chic.
    I’ve never seen French seams on a knit before. I am intrigued; I’d like to know more about the technicalities of doing it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:58h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you, Karin! I sewed the seams just as one would sew a woven fabric. However once finished, I pressed the seam to the side and topstitched it so it would remain flat 🙂

  • The Renegade Seamstress
    Posted at 08:29h, 09 March Reply

    I love your second top! It fits beautifully. And you didn’t even have to buy a pattern. 🙂
    Happy Saturday!
    Beth

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:57h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you, Beth! I’m wondering how many clothes I clone 🙂

  • sewellen
    Posted at 08:30h, 09 March Reply

    Well done on both tops! I totally get what you’re saying about casual clothes. I know I wear them way more than the dress clothes that I sew, so why don’t I make more casual things??? I like boh your tops, love that fabric.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:59h, 09 March Reply

      Many thanks, Sewellen! It’s as though I’m scared to make them – now, on to confronting more fears 🙂

  • Lori
    Posted at 09:08h, 09 March Reply

    I like them both but think the second looks more like you. Waist darts on the front and back would help with the bulk in the middle for the first top. Or what about a casing in the middle back waistline and add some elastic to draw it in.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:00h, 09 March Reply

      Hi Lori and thanks so much for the suggestions. One of my daughters actually took the shirt as is so all is well. I love the jacket you made out of the fabric!

  • Pam
    Posted at 13:30h, 09 March Reply

    I liked the first top, but love the second one! It definitely highlights your nice shape better. I just made a casual knit top that had the same boxy problem. I’m going to try to salvage it by bringing in the waist a bit to give a more of a curvy look.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:05h, 09 March Reply

      Thank you Pam and good luck salvaging your top. Curves seem to be the answer 🙂

  • Myra
    Posted at 14:30h, 09 March Reply

    What beautiful tops! I love both of them! You mastered the casual look!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:08h, 10 March Reply

      Many thanks, Myra! I’m not gonna say I mastered the casual look just yet, but I am pleased with top #2. 🙂

  • Calico Stretch
    Posted at 15:15h, 09 March Reply

    Oh the second one is much more flattering with shape and actually the striped fabric works better without being ‘cluttered’ by dart lines, if that makes sense.

    My TNT Tshirt pattern has the same curve shapes and the fit is just so much better.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:09h, 10 March Reply

      Thank you! What is your TNT tshirt pattern? I’m always looking for the perfect one 🙂

      • Calico Stretch
        Posted at 17:50h, 10 March Reply

        Kwik Sew 3338 modified a little and requiring another tweak at some stage!

  • Eliza
    Posted at 15:51h, 09 March Reply

    I’ve been following your blog for a while, and am always impressed by your lovely and stylish creations. This time, I was so impressed I immediately signed up for King’s class. The tendency of the big 4 patterns to look boxy or shapeless has always frustrated me. Thank you for sharing this eye opening solution to that problem!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:13h, 10 March Reply

      Thank you so much, Eliza! Both times I have cloned a garment, I have been very surprised to see the shape once it’s traced onto paper. Enjoy the class!

  • Javie
    Posted at 20:23h, 09 March Reply

    Wow- love the second top! The stripes on the sleeves match perfectly. The second top is a better design and better fitting. Love it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:15h, 10 March Reply

      Thank you, Javie! Those matching stripes are purely by accident :), but I completely agree with you about the fit.

  • danvillegirl
    Posted at 22:40h, 09 March Reply

    I like both versions actually but the boxy one is more of an at home around the house look, or for a quick dash to the grocery store. The more fitted version is very flattering on you and more of a casual but more upscale look! Great fabric.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:16h, 10 March Reply

      Thank you Danvillegirl! I’ve given the first top to my daughter who asked for it after reading the post 🙂 I love this fabric and may order more!

  • SewingElle
    Posted at 03:38h, 10 March Reply

    I am going to have to take that class. I liked the first one too, until I saw the second one!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:18h, 10 March Reply

      Many thanks! I l o v e this class and am planning to clone my third garment today 🙂

  • Philippa
    Posted at 07:10h, 10 March Reply

    I like both your casual tops. The looser shape of the of the first one is very current, and the second one is very figure flattering 🙂 I hope you enjoyed your experiment and have lots of easy, breezy beach days in your new tops!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 09:19h, 10 March Reply

    Thank you so much, Philippa! I’ve given the first one to my daughter who asked for it after reading the post, but the second one is really more me. I’ll just dream about being at the beach until I get there one of these days 🙂

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 11:39h, 10 March Reply

    How cute! I love both of these and love the way that you’ve taken advantage of the reversible knit. Great job, girl! You totally know how to do casual clothing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:28h, 10 March Reply

      I’m learning……. it just can’t be T H A T hard!

  • AJW
    Posted at 15:00h, 10 March Reply

    Both tops are lovely but the second is a home run! I admire your willingness to revisit this challenge and consider how to improve your outcome. You are an inspiration, Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:29h, 10 March Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment! I liked this fabric too much to not have what I wanted 🙂 !

  • Robin
    Posted at 21:22h, 11 March Reply

    You are getting fantastic results from your Craftsy classes. Your 1st top is cute, but the 2nd one is sexy. Sexy is better, methinks.

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 05:52h, 15 March Reply

    Double faced stripey fabric? Oh, you know how to speak my language. Although I think you’re lying about not knowing how to sew casual clothes… because I’m totally loving this on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:35h, 15 March Reply

      Thanks, Poppykettle! The fabric is dreamy for sure.. I’m on a learning curve on the casual clothes scene but it’s great fun 🙂

  • Cherie
    Posted at 15:31h, 15 March Reply

    I have to add my kudos to the crowd – I love both tops, though I see where you were going with the more fitted one. I guess I do not have to tell you you found the heavier weight stripe I was looking for, so I bought some! Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • Lynne
    Posted at 19:19h, 18 March Reply

    The second top is the winner….it’s such a more classic look on you without being sweatshirty.
    Well done!

  • Tina Rathbone
    Posted at 16:58h, 20 March Reply

    Great post! If you still had top #1 and tried to fix it, would you shape the side seams more? What would you do about the fit in the armscye? (Can you tell I own the McCall’s pattern and was just about to use it to make a little, basic top?)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:03h, 20 March Reply

      Thank you, Tina! I’m not sure what I would have done, but the pattern may fit you better than me so I would make a muslin before discarding it. Good luck!

  • tinarathbone
    Posted at 17:05h, 20 March Reply

    Forgive me if this comment is a duplicate:
    Great post. I have the boxy pattern, sigh, and wanted to make it work as a shell. Could you contour the side seams? But the armcye is a bit clunky … Let me know your (vastly more experienced) thoughts if you have a moment …

  • Andrea Engelhardt
    Posted at 09:46h, 14 April Reply

    Big difference. I want to learn how to remake clothes!

  • Janet
    Posted at 19:10h, 17 April Reply

    Seems the McCalls pattern is intended for either knits or wovens, which means it has more ease than a pattern just for knits. This would explain the boxiness, as it would not work for a woven unless there is adequate ease. Patterns just for kniits often have practically no ease or even negative ease for stretchier fabrics allowing a more form-fitting top. With the stripes, a no dart style really works better, especially on a petite gal like you, because the stripes are not disrupted.

    I much prefer the clone on you, it is very flattering. I think you weren’t happy with the first pattern for good reason. But that pattern might work great in a woven fabric. (As a short gal myself, I have always avoided contrast hem bands because I felt they cut me in half and made me look shorter.)

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