Showing posts from June 20, 2021

Three Tops and a Dress | The Itch to Stitch Glenelly Top and Dress Pattern

As I was going through my summer wardrobe, it became apparent that I was lacking knit tops.  You know, something I could toss on with a pair of shorts and still look halfway decent when it's  oppressively hot outside. Like it has been for the past few weeks. Luckily, I had a chance to test a new top (and dress) pattern from Itch to Stitch and now that hole in my wardrobe is quickly being filled.  The Glenelly Top and Dress pattern may look like a basic raglan sleeve top but it has a few extras.  First of all, there is a regular and full bust option. If you've been following me for a while you know that I appreciate a well drafted pattern that has the FBA (or full bust option) already done for me. The pattern also has a slightly squared neckline (a fashion trend right now - see my Pinterest Board ) with excellent neckband sewing instructions.  Here's the line drawing. The first version I sewed was this pink and red one. I didn't plan on color blocking the sleeves, bu

Black and White Voile Top 113 From May 2019 BurdaStyle Magazine

When I received the May 2019 issue of BurdaStyle magazine I glanced through it, marked a few garments I wanted to sew, and tucked the magazine away. After all, we were only a month into our cross-country move and I was still recovering from my major surgery (I wrote a post about it here )  I knew the button front top, #113, was one I wanted to sew. I liked the v-neckline, the big sleeves and the way the pleats created a small peplum. Well, it only took two years but it's done!  Here's the line drawing from the magazine. I used a black and white voile that I received in a mystery bundle from Fabric Mart Fabrics. It turned out to be a good choice as it's lightweight, an important factor where I live, but also holds its shape. The shaping at the bottom of the sleeves is created with darts.  I did expect the sleeves to have more drama, but I found them to be a bit subdued. The faux peplum is created with pleats at the waistline (in the front) combined with a slightly curved si