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The Late Spring Top

Added Jul 28, 2010

by charith

Tri Cities, Wash...






This started out as a tank top with sleeves. It ended up being very fitted across the bust with a few darts, an empire waist at front and an invisible zipper in the side seam.

I rarely buy enough fabric. What, I can’t make a blouse for myself anymore with 2/3 of a yard of fabric? What, I’m not the size of my 12 year-old self anymore? So I had to do some creative cutting to get a shirt out of the fabric I had.

For this top I didn’t use a pattern. I draped most of it on myself. When that got too frustrating (and painful, being stuck by how many pins) I finallly went out and bought myself a dress form. So excited!

Originally, I wanted to have the top finished by the end of April, but three months late isn’t too bad, right? I also wanted this to be more of a casual shirt. But things don’t always turn out as planned. Someday I’ll add some big ol’ cuffs to the sleeves. It may take me another three months…

Material Notes

The floral stuff is upholstery fabric. The sleeves are stretchy; some sort of a blend that I don’t recall.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic
Cotton, Blends, Knits/Jersey

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    Jul 28, 2010, 07.13 AMby nessys

    I really like this! You’ve done a fab job and I really love the two different fabrics. So – from this little project you have scored two wonderful things – 1 a lovely new top and 2 a fantastic dress form! Nice work!

    I like the sleeves as is – but that’s just me.

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