Monday, March 10, 2014

Two simple tops

I was able to cut out this Sorbetto tank top (sans the front pleat) when I was cutting out this skirt. It sat around for weeks because I did not have any fabric suitable for using as bias binding. The sateen is very lightweight and I did not have any black voile or similar lying around. The fabric that I found I also used to make the next top.
I made my first  (unblogged) version of Burdastyle magazine #103 from 5/2011 last year. I am always on the look out for pull on woven tops as I seem to wear these a lot for work. It has raglan sleeves and 4 small pleats at the centre front.

When I made it last year, I actually made it in a length between #102 and #103 (which are essentially the same pattern, as well as #104 the dress - no idea why these are deemed three separate patterns). Version 1 had the split sleeves but for this version I just sewed the seam shut.
The top can be worn belted or not. You can see how it blouses over the belt in the photo above. It does look a little maternity when not belted but I like how cool and comfortable it is this way.
These were very quick makes. I made both of them in a couple of hours. I found the world's easiest way of getting the perfect length of bias tape - I just sewed on most of the way around and then followed the directions here - just without the glue. No idea how I was doing it previously - just bumbling along until it looked right


  1. Both of these are very pretty - elegant fabric and simple shape make a nice combination.

  2. Both these tops are very pretty! I really like the print on the second one, and the raglan sleeves are really cute. If you hadn't mentioned the belt I would never have noticed it!

  3. Marie, I love the look of both of these tops. I think I'd get a lot of use out of the one with the sleeves.

  4. There is a lot to be said for quick makes and these are good, particularly with fun fabric that is breezy to wear. I have a stack of equivalents but have trouble with the 'quick' bit!

  5. Hi Marie, Sorry I didn't get to the fabric sale today and probably not tomorrow either. My car is running badly (stopping) and i can't get it tuned till next week and didn't want to risk it. I hope you got some bargains. Can't wait to see what you get.

    1. I did get some great pieces. Actually I should have got more - there are a few that I was thinking of getting that I didn't and am still thinking about. I am sure we will meet up one of these days!

    2. I look forward to seeing what you got and a meet up one day. Nearly borrowed a friend's car to go then thought I don't need anything and then ran out of time... there's always next year!


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