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Re-visiting the 80's Top

Added Feb 5, 2012

by laglov

Williamstown, Ma...






My daughter, Abiah88, gave me this pattern (Butterick 4655), and when I first saw it I had visions of Joan Collins-Dynasty-1985 dancing in my head. Due to the fact that my daughter has an impeccable eye when it comes to the “bones” of clothes, I gave it a second look. I’m glad I did. This top is destined to become a favorite. It was easy to make, it’s comfortable, and cozy for our New England winters. Next time I make this top I’ll try to sew the front and back panels at the shoulders and insert a slit opening at the back of the neck. That would eliminate all of the fiddly hooks and eyes that the pattern calls for. I’ve paired the top with Colette Clovers here, but it would be great with leggings (if only I weren’t so “mature”).

Material Notes

wool jersey




Garment Type

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    Feb 6, 2012, 11.39 PMby flowergirl22

    I love the stripes, the colour is so in at the moment.

    great to have chosen it a little shorter,, but no matter what yu make it will look great.

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      Feb 8, 2012, 03.33 PMby laglov

      Thank you Flowergirl, I like the color too. Depending on the light, sometimes it looks like a maroon-ish color and sometimes it looks brown.

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    Feb 5, 2012, 10.31 PMby jennyrecorder

    So nice, less Dynasty, more Black Apple (if we’re talking 1980s!)…

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      Feb 5, 2012, 11.46 PMby laglov

      Thanks Jenny. Love your wide legged trousers!

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    Feb 5, 2012, 09.14 PMby patti-r

    Great Job, looks more like Donna Karan to me!!!!

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      Feb 5, 2012, 11.46 PMby laglov

      Thanks! Hmmm…never thought of that. It IS kind of Donna Karan-ish.

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    Feb 5, 2012, 08.54 PMby GeraldineRead

    WOW! This top is just gorgeous. Goes to show, you can’t judge a pattern by it’s styling!

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      Feb 5, 2012, 11.42 PMby laglov

      Thanks so much. You are right! From now on, I’ll give some of those thrift shop patterns from the 70s and 80s a second look.

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