This is a top that I made sometime last year and unfortunately, it never made it to the blog in time for last Summer. So now seemed like just the right time to finally share all of the details with you….
I was actually intending to post last week but I’ve struggled with bad headaches nearly every day over the last two weeks and a trip to the docs revealed it all to be related to a sinus infection and now I’m on antibiotics. I’m glad I know what’s up with me now and hopefully, my energy levels will pick back up soon.
But let’s get back to my fitted cropped top… The fabric was some that I bought several years back. It’s a quilting cotton I think and it’s designed by Amy Butler. I’m not a quilter, so I’m not familiar with the designer, but I do get drawn to spotty prints sometimes (as you know, I’m more drawn to plain fabrics and a print needs to be a bit special for me to like it) and this pattern appealed to me, especially as I love peachy corals and mint (sounds like an ice cream flavour!)
The design of my top is something I evolved from a fitted princess-seamed blouse pattern. I actually used an old Style pattern that I had for years and years. It’s number 2294 but I don’t seem to have it anymore, so I must have given it to charity. Here’s a photo to give you an idea of the style lines. You could also use the top of a fitted sheath dress pattern. By the way, I did manage to find this Vogue pattern that seems to have all of the right style lines
Pattern Hacking Details
- To start off my pattern hacking, I got rid of the centre front fastening completely by placing the centre front line on the fold of my fabric. Next, I brought the neckline shape up to a higher round neck (you could use any round necked top as a guide) and then I cut and faced a deep rectangle neckline shape.
- The back of my top has a centre back seam and a hemline slit. I also did a cheeky narrow rectangle keyhole opening going up to the neckline. This was faced just like the front neck.
- I found a top pattern with a mandarin collar and after comparing neckline shapes to make sure they matched I used the collar pattern from it and just had to chop it off level with the edges of the rectangular opening.
- I added little curve sleeve tops for design interest and I’m afraid there’s no special formula for these apart from using the gentle curve of the top half of the armhole as a shape guide. Each piece is about 1.5” wide and they’re simply stitched on top. The rest of the armhole has a narrow binding finish..
- The finishing touch is a necessity and it’s a concealed zip on one side that runs from underarm to hem which enables me to get my top on and off easily.
Here are a couple of detail close ups for you:
This length and style of top works really well with bottoms that have a bit more volume/width and I rather like how it looks with my stone coloured culottes. I also wore it last year in Greece with a full coral skirt and a mint wrap skirt. Both outfits felt really good
Have you ever worn shorter length tops? I seem to have one or two in my wardrobe now… see here and here and I’m finding them a useful addition for different silhouettes and a bit of variety in my wardrobe.
Well, that’s it from me for this week…thank’s so much for stopping by for a read, it means the world to me.
‘Til next time. Bye!
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