Kwik Sew 2498

10 Aug Kwik Sew 2498

I hear many people saying they can’t believe summer is almost over. My youngest child graduated from college last spring, and I no longer follow a school calendar.  Immersed in summer type activities for the next six weeks, I am in summer mode  and that includes sewing!

Recently, Irene made several tops from this  Kwik Sew pattern inspiring me to give it a try.Determined to challenge myself during the past year, I  chose more complicated patterns to sew, but adding five more buttonholes to my repertoire immediately qualified the pattern!Though there’s not much to it, I really like several pattern details such as the wide straps and higher cut of the front providing comfortable coverage.

The fabric, Cherry Wallflower from Amy Butler’s Lotus collection  from my stash almost reminds me of something I would have sewn for my daughters when they were little.  Transcending children’s clothes and quilts, the versatile cotton fabric turned out to be a good choice for a casual summer top.

I’m enjoying my final week at Edisto Beach for the summer, but summer will continue in full force at home without the benefit of pleasant ocean breezes.

Lots of these little tops may be required for survival!

Stay cool 🙂

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  • Cheryl in Carolina
    Posted at 00:06h, 10 August Reply

    Really cute! Love the fabric – that lengthened would make the cutest dress! Enjoy the last bits of summer…I know what you mean about calendars. One more starting school in a week, but otherwise…!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:24h, 10 August Reply

      Hi Cheryl! The thought crossed my mind about making a dress with this pattern too. Eventually, perhaps – it would involve at least 6 more buttons unless I attached a skirt! 🙂

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 00:11h, 10 August Reply

    Adorable! Love the fabric and the style looks great on you…I never look that good when I go to the beach!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:25h, 10 August Reply

      Many thanks, Dorcas! This isn’t my typical beach-look either 🙂 🙂

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 00:42h, 10 August Reply

    I love buttons on the back. Do you require a degree or Masters in contortion to get dressed though?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 10 August Reply

      More like a Ph.D. 🙂 Seriously, I button the top button then slip it over my head. The others are easy to button. Many thanks for writing!

  • Amy G.
    Posted at 01:21h, 10 August Reply

    Perfect summer top – your buttonholes and button look great.

  • Alethia
    Posted at 02:12h, 10 August Reply

    I have to agree, that was a great marriage of fabric and pattern. You did a wonderful job of fitting~ looks great on you!

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 02:38h, 10 August Reply

    that is a really cute top – enjoy the rest of your vacation

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:32h, 10 August Reply

      Thank you, Pauline! It’s a special place that we can work AND play from, and the time passes way too quickly here!

  • Calico Stretch
    Posted at 02:43h, 10 August Reply

    Summer is all good and I’m soaking up the rays via the internet until some of them start shining down here. Anywho, this is a perfect summer top, you’re absolutely right and great colour for you.

    I really like the shirt refashion you did too …. I hope your MIL noticed?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 10 August Reply

      Many thanks for the nice comment! My MIL has not seen the top yet – I think she’ll like it though 🙂

  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 05:50h, 10 August Reply

    Oh, pretty! It would make a cute dress- Cheryl is right! Great buttonholes- what skill is next to conquer?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:38h, 10 August Reply

      Thank you! I need to perfect my buttonholes before moving on. They are OK but I know could look better 🙂

  • Shams
    Posted at 07:12h, 10 August Reply

    That is an adorable top, but can you get in and out of it by yourself? That would be a deal breaker for me. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:41h, 10 August Reply

      Hi Shams! I was hoping you would ask that question 🙂
      Button the top button – slip over head – button remaining 4 buttons.
      The top button is the only one awkwardly located. Many thanks for writing!

  • chicenvelopements
    Posted at 08:20h, 10 August Reply

    Great use of the Amy Butler fabric! And your button holes ROCK! I finally tried some button holes and much to my surprise, not as hard as I thought. With a little practice, I might actually be able make some good ones.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:32h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you,Beth! I find precision the hardest part of making buttonholes – even with an automatic buttonhole maker. I want the row of buttonholes to line up perfectly and be exactly the right size 🙂

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 09:16h, 10 August Reply

    Great summer top! This is the time of year when I’m usually sick of my summer clothes and they are beginning to look a bit bedraggled. And like SC, there are still six more weeks of hot, muggy weather here. Thanks for inspiring me to make a few new summer things!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:40h, 11 August Reply

      Hi Cissie _ Sometimes I think September is the hottest month of all! Maybe I will try summer styles in fall colors to look in season 🙂 🙂 Many thanks for writing!

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 09:18h, 10 August Reply

    Effortless and chic! What a great summer outfit!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:33h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Amanda. Effortless and chic – a super combination 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 11:24h, 10 August Reply

    This is really a great-looking top – the fabric choice is perfect. I love a buttoned back, and the red buttons add just the right touch!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:34h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Karen – it was one of those easy and fun sewing projects.

  • Tia Dia
    Posted at 18:13h, 10 August Reply

    This is one darn cute top! I love the fabric. Good for you on the buttoned back. Buttonholes are not as scary as they look!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:35h, 11 August Reply

      Hi Tia Dia and thanks so much for writing! You’re right – the buttonholes themselves aren’t that scary, but the precision is another story!

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 21:21h, 10 August Reply

    You’re certainly no wallflower in that top! Another gorgeous fabric choice! And beautiful buttonhole work. I think a good machine helps …I used to shudder at buttonholes years ago…but my Janome makes marvelous ones!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:36h, 11 August Reply

      Many thanks, Cherry! I would have never attempted the top without the automatic buttonholer 🙂 🙂

  • Doobee
    Posted at 02:44h, 11 August Reply

    Love this little summer top on you! Well done on matching the pattern to the fabric – you have a great eye for this…

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 15:30h, 11 August Reply

    So cute! I agree– there’s just the right amount of coverage in this top!

  • louise
    Posted at 05:13h, 12 August Reply

    Really nice top, looks great with the trousers. I had that fabric in the yellow combination. It has a nice light feel to it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:20h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you, Louise! I thought the simple top with tailored pants worked well together. The pants dressed up the top in my opinion! What did you make with the yellow fabric?

      • Louise
        Posted at 17:05h, 19 August Reply

        I used it in a patchwork project, will definitely consider patchwork fabric for dressmaking

    Posted at 06:57h, 12 August Reply

    […] Goodbye Valentino posted a Kwik Sew 2498 top. She commented that this year she had decided to sew challenging projects – but this project qualifies as it has five buttons – apparently she’s not a button fan! I think that’s great, it’s not a couture top but its a celebration of overcoming a sewing hurdle, and yet she’s churned out made an amazing dress that counts as couture but celebrates this Kwik Sew project too. I admire and love that. […]

  • Rachel Richardson
    Posted at 18:37h, 14 August Reply

    What a lovely top! That fabric is gorgeous and I absolutely adore the buttons on the back! Fantastic!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:21h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Rachel! I think the back buttons are unexpected and give the top a bit of pop! 🙂

  • Velosewer
    Posted at 06:41h, 19 August Reply

    What a gorgeous top and you’ve styled it so elegantly – as always.

  • Carolyn Rogers
    Posted at 21:25h, 23 August Reply

    Lovely top. I used to loathe buttonholes and give garments to my mum to buttonhole until I spent time with a haute couture training dressmaker. She quickly cured me, learnt to grade seam allowances, mark buttonholes and cut them with a buttonhole knife, I love my knife and block, never had a miscut one since!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:19h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! Where did you spend time with a haute couture dressmaker?

  • Lisa P
    Posted at 15:17h, 31 August Reply

    I love your top ( I am always looking for bra friendly tops ) The pattern envelope looks nowhere near as gorgeous as your top.

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