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- The Reasonably Happy Mistake Top -

Added Apr 26, 2010

by catfish101

Norwich, United ...






This top turned out to be a far more complicated project than I originally intended. I created the pattern myself basing the body on this top and the shoulders and neckline on another vest top that I own. Originally it was going to be a plain grey top using the fabric left over from my little grey dress but when it came to laying out the pattern I realised that there just wasn’t going to be enough fabric. I considered giving up on the whole thing for a while before I had the idea of using a strip of black lining fabric I had down the front of the top to reduce the amount of grey fabric I needed. I still didn’t have enough fabric! In the end I cut my pattern into even strips and alternated the two fabrics. I’ve added a picture of the inside of the top to show the construction in more detail. It’s a mistake that actually turned out quite well as with hind sight I think the top in plain grey would have been very boring. Not wanting to add a third fabric to the mix I then decided to make my own bias binding following this tutorial from Megan Nielsen. Making the tape was a lot easier than I expected but very time consuming compared to buying it. In future I think I will only bother if I really can’t find a match. Being curved this top was an absolute b***h to hem. It’s called the resonably happy mistake top because although I like it and hope that I will wear it what I have actually managed to create is what looks like a maternity top. While I don’t actually think that it makes me look pregnant I wouldn’t blame people for thinking that I was trying to hide a baby under there. Mind you if I ever am crazy enough to reproduce this will likely come in very handy. If you fancy your own maternity type top the pattern would be pretty easy to make yourself. I would trace the neckline and shoulders from a existing vest top (remember to add some extra room if the vest top is stretchy and the fabric you are using isn’t) then draw straight lines coming out at an angle from the bottom of the arm holes. You could then draw a curved hem or experiment with a straight one. That’s a good idea actually. I might have a go at this top with a knit fabric and a straight hemline.

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Material Notes

An unknown grey fabric I got as a remnant and some black lining fabric.




Garment Type


Megan Nielsen's make Your Own Bias Tape Tutorial

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    May 23, 2010, 11.27 PMby flowergirl22

    very nice,, pretty

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    Apr 27, 2010, 04.42 AMby kelepso

    How fun! Love the contrasting stripes.

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    Apr 26, 2010, 05.30 PMby zickzack

    The stripes were a good idea ! !

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    Apr 26, 2010, 04.34 PMby mlssfshn

    Wow, I have a student that has a top similar to this that I’m helping her copy so she can make more like it.

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