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10/2014 #104 Color Block Long Sleeve Envelope Top

Added Oct 31, 2015

by SunnySewing

La Crosse, Wisco...






I wanted to make this color block top for awhile now. This is a BurdaStyle Pattern (10/2014 #104, #103 is the same but without color blocking). The top is an envelope-type in that the back comes over to the front at the shoulders; it also has a slight cowl. It was time consuming to trace all the pieces, cut each color, and sew them together, but it was worth the trouble. I’ve made this envelope top 3 times before but not in color blocking. I made a floral muslin; a gray long sleeve, and a blue sleeveless version.

I completed a ½” sway back adjustment, and a 1” full upper arm adjustment. I used a size 38 for the shoulders/high bust, a 40 for the bust/waist and graded out to a 48 for the hips. I was careful to match my seams so that everything would line up on point.

I cover stitched each color hem separately before serging the shirt together. I even switched out serger thread in the middle of a seam where the top goes from black to white because I did not want the threads showing to the front side.

I absolutely love this top; it is very much my style.

blogged: http://sunnysewing.blogspot.com/2015/10/fabricista-fashion-challenge-final-week.html

Material Notes

Fabric for top: 1/4 yard white cotton lycra, a Fat Half blue cotton lycra, and 3/4 yard black cotton lycra. The total was around $9.10.
Straight sewing time for top: 2 hours (does not include tracing, fitting, muslin, or adjusting time; Tracing and adjustment time was almost 3 hours itself!)




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod

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    Nov 8, 2015, 01.51 PMby nrobson

    the color blocking looks fabulous and interesting!

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    Nov 2, 2015, 04.04 AMby rita61

    Nice top, great job on it.

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    Nov 1, 2015, 11.35 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely top x

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    Nov 1, 2015, 07.30 PMby Maria Hayek

    I like the Burda pattern and I like your version of it. I’m a fan of color blocking and pattern mixing myself so this is in my style too. Beautiful top.

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    Nov 1, 2015, 02.23 AMby floralgirl

    This looks great, well done with all those adjustments!!

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    Oct 31, 2015, 09.41 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    I like this a lot! Looks fab on you!

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    Oct 31, 2015, 07.16 PMby Beccki

    Lovely colour blocking! again great job matching the seams.

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