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Friday, January 30, 2015

A long awaited Gingham Top...

 I've hankered after a black and white gingham check top for years now.  Finally I have made one.  I used Simplicity 1316:


This top looks quite different from my rayon one which drapes softly.  The rayon top and pattern details including my alterations can be found here:A summery drapey top- Simplicity 1316.

This top is made from a lightweight cotton gingham, so of course it is a little more structured than the rayon top.  I will love it though for summer days when I want a casual top that also looks smart.

(Gingham purchased from Spotlight).

The top was super simple to make.  Princess seams which I overlocked together, except for the centre back seam, a simple facing and a thread loop for the button:


The hems for sleeve and bodice were  turned over twice and hemmed:


And I even found a perfect little black and white button in my stash  for the back opening:

Now for the quick views of the front, sides and back:




You can see from these pictures that I have a tiny back - for this sort of top it doesn't matter.  That is also sometimes why I choose to make semi-fitted clothes - as a practical matter, I can run these up quite quickly and get the job of dressing the body done!

I see many more of these tops in my future - I think they could be made in many fabrics for all sorts of different occasions - work, casual and evening out.

Do you have a favourite top pattern you turn to again and again?

Sarah Liz :)


43 comments:

  1. Im not a floral girl, give me checks, stripes and spots anyday. Love this top would look divine with white linen. very nice top, loose fitting but with shape, I can see why you like it.
    p.s. Ive just made my third skirt vogue 8750 which is becoming a favourite but not found a top yet.

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    1. Thank you - and I can remember your dismay at one swirly pattern you made up! It's nice to see you back sewing - are you blogging again?

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  2. I had a hankering for just that same b/w check from Spotlight, Sarah Liz. Twins, I say!
    Made a top in it from McCalls M6885, but the pattern is all kinds of wrong for me :( Moved onto something else, but will go back to the McCalls.

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    1. Meant to say, your top looks really lovely and fresh, and I love it, 11/10!

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    2. Thank you - I think I understood what you meant - sorry to hear the pattern you made up was wrong - especially as this is such a nice gingham.

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  3. looks awesome, I have some blue gingham in my stash as well and it was meant for a top ... you are full of inspiration, as always :-)

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    1. Thank you - and one day your top will have it's day :)

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  4. I'm a fan of geometric patterns, too. Your top looks good. The inside looks as good as the outside. I don't have a go to pattern yet.

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  5. I'm a fan of geometric patterns, too. Your top looks good. The inside looks as good as the outside. I don't have a go to pattern yet.

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    1. Thank you - yes, I like the classic, geometric prints too. When you have been sewing a little longer, I am sure you will find a TNT pattern.

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  6. that is so sweet! I love gigham but everytime I go to pick it up there's always somebody with me that says ewww no! I think I'll go alone & just do it one day lol!

    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen - and yes, leave that friend behind :)

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  7. Nice top Sarah Liz and I liked seeing the process you went through to get the pattern to this conclusion.

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  8. Your gingham top looks quite smart and I love gingham. My go to top pattern is Vogue 8572 OOP but it doesn't look like the pattern envelope any more.

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    1. Thank you Sharon - gingham is such a classic, isn't it. I like your TNT top - I've seen you make it up. I guess it has morphed over the years :)

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  9. Lovely and fresh. Gingham certainly seems to be in the spotlight (no pun intended) recently. I have seen it on quite a few blogs so you are right on trend there Sarah Liz.

    My go to top pattern is StyleArc Creative Cate. Love it.

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    1. Thank you BeaJay - and pun intended or not, it was funny!

      So I am on trend as well - amazing!

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  10. Pretty top and it looks great on you. Love the princess seam and the back detail :)

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  11. There's nothing like finally getting around something you've been wanting for a long time. You nailed it!

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    1. Thank you Faye - I agree, it's a good feeling :)

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  12. This top suits you really well. I love that little button. It adds a little something to the top. I have a few go to patterns that I used over and over again. I have used a particular McCall's pants pattern over 10 times!

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    1. Thank you - I was thrilled to find the button!. Some patterns are made to be TNT's - they are good to have around for those replacement garments that need to be made quickly.

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  13. Oh I love gingham and I love the tops you have made from this pattern. I really liked your post about rayon too, as from the '80's it has been one of my fave fabrics but was impossible to get the last many years. I am stocking up while they are still selling it. I want a polka dot one but have yet to see any (in a colour I like).But I do have a large size rayon gingham in black and white which I want to use soon. In reference to your comment on my blog, I will boycott Spotlight too (not that I need fabric) but I shall also take my poor quality fabrics back next I go past. I mean a laminated fabric that runs? That's poor.

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    1. Thank you - I'm love gingham also, and am also stocking up on rayon. Spotlight is not a great shop is it, but in many places that is all there is. I agree, laminate that runs is a quite beyond the pale.

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  14. You are right that the gingham elevates the top -- with a skirt or pants, definitely a smart combo! Lovely top. I want this pattern now to make version C.

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    1. Thank you - yes, version C is a cute top. The pattern is easy and also comes in different cup sizes - you could probably make the A.

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  15. I love gingham; it's my favourite! Love your top made with it too and it looks just as good on the inside :). I don't have a favourite top pattern, I don't make enough (maybe I need to change that?) but I do have a favourite dress pattern! :)x

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    1. Thank you - and as for making more tops, I guess it depends on whether you wear them as to whether you need to make them. I know you love dresses :) And I think I know your favourite :)

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  16. I love it.. I love gingham .. I made a red/white gingham and an orange white gingham check from the colette blouse pattern.. Just love that pattern..
    I need to buy this one .. Looks really cool/comfortable for upcoming summer.. and I agree, I can see it, in lots of different fabrics.

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    1. Thank you - yes gingham is always so lovely, as are polka dots. The pattern is nice Judy and comes in different cup sizes - easy to make and nothing much to fit.

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  17. What a beautiful top made out of classic material. Love gingham myself....also love seersucker for the summer time. I actually have a navy gingham seersucker, I'm going to make into a summer dress. By the way love your new hair style.

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    1. Thank you - I agree, gingham, seersucker, both gorgeous -and a gingham seersucker is a win I think :)

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  18. BeaJay beat me to it - gingham is so "IT" at the moment! Hoping it lasts longer than pineapples & even polka dots...

    Most excellent top - as always!

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    1. Thank you - and I have a feeling that if you like gingham, it is always in. Pineapples on the other hand are nice for breakfast only.

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  19. Very nice top. I made a black "ginham " shirt last summer and a teenager stopped me at Targets to say she loved my shirt! Imagine that!

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    1. Thank you. I've had a chat with one or two young people and I think they like nice clothes, but they just can't buy them. And they don't have the skills to make them nowadays.

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  20. Love your new top and Love that pattern! Right now my go-to- top pattern is newlook 6735, a long-sleeved (knit) tee that I'm now working on my 3rd top. It's nice to have a pattern already figured out to have some non-thinking sewing time.

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    1. Thank you Lisa - yes, your t-shirt is a nice pattern. I agree, non-think sewing time is great sometimes :)

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