So yet more tops, this time some knits.
While I was feeling out-of-sorts this year, I resorted to sewing lots of simple tops to sate my craving to sew – which it really didn’t. Although I do have a collection of tops to wear so all is not lost. In hindsight I should have sewn more complicated garments, I find while I love simple garments, I find sewing challenging garments more relaxing – which is what I needed in 2016. However these little garments were about all I could fit in. Such is life!
Vanilla Top, Waffle Patterns
First up the Waffle Pattern Vanilla top.
I hate these photos so probably why it’s been hovering in the Neverland of Unblogged.
One thing I really don’t like about this top is how the perfectly neat neckline hits the stripes at an odd angle (due to the slightly-off-beat stripe directions with the drape) and looks messy. It really annoys my eyeballs like dust on a dry windy afternoon! I’ve often worn a scarf with it for that reason because it visually drives me bonkers. But I can be precious.
I do find the sleeves an odd length but I also think in a different weight fabric they wouldn’t bother me so much.
So another easy-to-wear-with-jeans garment as hence got a lot of wear throughout the colder months as a ‘house’ jumper with jeans.
Yes, you may recognise the fabric from my first Penny Raglan. I managed to squeeze a Penny Raglan and this top out of 2m of this fabric.
I think this fabric choice is too heavy for this design BUT very easy to make and rather fun to wear. My eldest daughter has declared that this will be her top when I tired of it.
This is the second Waffle Patterns pattern I have made and I must say I do enjoy them. Nicely presented, comprehensive but not excessive instructions well illustrated with diagrams, and an A0 copy shop sheet printing option… and you can turn off layers to print as many or as few sizes as you like. I’d love to try some of her jacket patterns, the details are thoughtful and they have intrigued me for some time.
Pattern: Waffle Patterns, Vanilla top
Size: Size 34
Fabric: Make It Fabrics, Brisbane
RUMI TOP by Cali Faye Collections
Next up a Cali Faye Collection Rumi Top which was released a few months ago.
I volunteered to pattern test for this and found the process really interesting. I’ve always quite liked the design aesthetic of this designer, simple and modern. Although the pattern price point is quite high.
Cali Faye Collections have a closed facebook group for their testers. Throughout testing period, testers post their versions, comment about the design, instructions and so on. The pattern did changed several times in response to feedback from testers and it was interesting seeing different fabrics being used. I thought it was a thorough, open and interesting community sewing process.
I sewed up the final version which you can see here. It’s a large over-sized boxy top with fitted sleeves. I’ve worn it a lot, it is easy to wear and great with skinny jeans or fitted pants. It is a very simple design and reminds me of my Japanese pattern book top patterns.
The neckline is finished with woven bias tape. I haven’t finished a knit neckline in this manner before and would be curious how that works for a stretchier knit than this. With this rather stable cotton terry knit, it did provide a nice neat, flat finish.
I would advise sewing with a knit with nice drape. Anything too heavy and you may find yourself wearing a tent!
Pattern: Cali Faye Collections Rumi Top
Fabric: Cotton Terry Knit, Spotlight Australia
Note: I received this pattern as part of the testing process, all opinions my own.
And I think that’s all the Unblogged tops done now. Hooray!
These both look wonderful on you and I can imagine you wearing them a lot. I have to say that neither pattern had tempted me, probably because I have similar patterns in my stash, but the Waffle pattern is beginning to have appeal now that I’ve seen it on you.
I was initially attracted to the Vanilla top because of the drape… which is not unexpected given my love of Drape Drape books! I do love easy tops, the sort that you can just throw on and relax. I spend my working days (five days a week) in fitted dresses and heels so relaxed casual wear is an absolute must!
I can understand why your daughter wants the first top – it’s very much like the slouchy dancewear that’s popular with brands like Bloch.
The second top is fantastic!
That’s very true, she always wants my loose draped tops! And tells me I should sew for dancers because they would love my ‘stuff’. The fabric for the second top is really pretty (I forgot I also made a Penny Raglan from this). I actually got it from Spotlight off the bargain table on Sunday when they marked all clearance fabric down to $2!
Love both your tops and your coordinates are lovely too! Thank you for sharing the photos. I love to see that my patterns turn to nice garments! Yuki@WafflePartterns
I really like the Waffle top – the weird striping doesn’t worry me at all. The second top is nice but not as good as the first IMO. Enjoy wearing them both – you look great in both so you should 🙂
I’ve worn them both a lot, I think they are good ‘non-thinking’ tops, just throw them on and relax
Lovely tops. But what I love about this post is your photos. Especially that back view picture of the Rumi top… the painted gentlemen at the café table look rather disappointed that you are not joining them…
Thank you! It was so windy that day & I suddenly thought of a cafe in an alleyway – it’s such a lovely mural
your vanilla top looks way better than the sample on the pattern. i like the way the front drapes on yours. i understand your issue about the stripe direction at the neckline but i think it looks fine. very cool top.
Thank you. I think I’ll make another at some point and try a round neck – at any rate my daughter wants one!