Wednesday, October 14, 2015

All A Flutter



I made a new top.  This one is in response to my overwhelming need/want of a Papercut Patterns flutter top and my lack of need of another pattern and the $25 price tag to go with it.  I have a favourite shift dress so couldn't see why I couldn't just draft a suitable sleeve to go with it.  

After examining the shape of the drop shoulder on the dress I laid
my front and back of New Look 6145 on my drafting mat and set about drawing a new shoulder line 3 centimetres lower than the existing. I then narrowed the neckline by a further 1.5cm because I just find the neckline in this dress too wide. Because I was worried about the depth of the armhole with the new armhole shape, I lowered the armhole 1 cm.  I then lowered the sleeve cap to match and added 1cm to the width of the sleeve as well.  Once this was complete, I proceeded to cut the sleeve into 3cm splits, splaying my slits a further 1.5cm until I had a sleeve I was happy with.  I hope all of that make sense?  I have provided visuals because words at 6.30am are not my strong point but more on that in another post!




Now that I had my pattern, it was time to assemble the top.  For the fabric I once again rummaged through my remnants and came across a piece of polyester of some sort, with good drape, that had originally been bought for lining for a coat but ended up becoming  this top, so it was really time it was finally used up. 


I omitted the zip in the back but should have allowed a little extra width because I forgot that this being a top needed to be worn over a skirt or pants so needed a little extra ease.  The problem was easily fixed by adding a vent to the centre back seam which the Flutter top pattern had anyway.  I finished both the neck and sleeves with matching bias binding.
  


Despite it being a little tight in the hips, although this is now remedied, I really like the fit on this top.  For the next version though, I will lengthen the sleeves by 5cm to just hit the elbow.

7 comments:

  1. I love these simple tops your making. I agree that the price of most of the Indie patterns is outrageous. I have a few Papercut papers (actually I'm a huge fan) but not the one you want. Otherwise I'd offer a trace.

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  2. Nice work on the alterations! I bought this pattern recently and am keen to make up the dress in a stretch sateen.

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  3. This is what sewing your own clothes is all about. You don't have to buy every new pattern that comes out. Just use your sewing/drafting skills and use the patterns that you already have and adapt to create the new look you are after. You have done a great job on creating this stylish top.

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  4. Preciosa!!! Excelente detalle en la manga, Felicitaciones!!!

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  5. Very pretty and well done putting in the effort to work it out yourself. Great job!

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  6. Great top - I love the way you take inspiration from other patterns and use what you have. I got sucked in to buying the pattern :)

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