I decided to split up the garments I made for this week’s Project Sewn challenge into two posts. This post will focus on the top. I’m totally pumped how this came out. I was really worried about finishing it in time for the competition. I had originally wanted to find a yarn dyed plaid, but wasn’t spotting anything locally that I liked enough to wrestle through my machine for however many hours. Of course I’m happy to have stashed away a bit of this beautiful Liberty of London lawn. It had patiently been waiting for a few years.
I originally started with a Wiksten Tova pattern as the very basic beginning. I omitted in the placket inset and went with a popover style button placket instead. I’ve made a few Tovas before so I knew a few things I wanted to add and change.
I also spliced open the back bodice piece to add a small grouping of gathers (wish I had a close up of this). I have fairly wide shoulders, so it’s nice to have that small amount of room to be able to comfortable bend over and grab things. I omitted the collar and used bias tape for the neckline. I love that it makes it so simple and how it lays so nicely on my neck.
For the button placket I had to do some research. I found this tutorial by Melanie of the Crafty Cupboard really helpful. I adjusted my measurements based on a shirt I have in my closet. It’s intimidating cutting down the middle of your favorite fabric! But it was so easy. I as able to add 5 cute little buttons and I love them. Don’t mind if I add a button placket to every shirt I sew from now on, mkay?
Lastly, I went with a shirt tail hem (which you can’t see obviously since it’s tucked into my pants) with a bias tape facing. Love that hem finish. The other addition I was excited to try was the button cuffs. Man, I love how classy they look and polished. I followed this tutorial and this tutorial over at Pattern Scissors Cloth for some help and handholding.
That’s a wrap! I’m so pleased with this top. Like I said before – I will be wearing this until it crumbles off my body. The end.
Stay tuned for the gory details of the pant making…