Monday, June 27, 2011

Dogwood Stripe in Denim - Sleeveless Top #3

This is probably my favorite of my three simple sleeveless tops that I made this past weekend. You can down load this pattern from Colette Patterns FREE right HERE.

I just love this beautiful Laura Gunn fabric designed for the Poppy Collection for Michael Miller fabrics.I used this same fabric last fall to make one of my "ALICE TOTEBAGS" which I sold on etsy. You can see that post HERE about my Alice bag. Today I wanted to use the fabric in an entirely different way. This top is going to be great with jeans and denim, khaki slacks, skirts or capri pants. To make this top a bit different from the other two sleeveless tops and also to use embellishments of items I had in my sewing stash, I found just enough lace trim to add to the box pleat down the front. Then I added three buttons at the top that just the right color. Instead of using a contrast or store bought seam binding, I made my own self binding for the neck line and used a narrow binding of a khaki color that I happen to have just enough of for the armholes. I actually like the armholes bound this way better than having the extra bulk and accent around the armholes. Less to draw attention to the size of my arms!I think I'll stop at three sleeveless tops for now. It was so quick and easy to make these tops and to use up bits and bobs of embellishments in my sewing cabinet drawers. Plus, summer appears to be with us for a while now, so these tops are already being worn to keep me cool and comfortable.

If you enjoy sewing your own clothes I hope you'll try out this pattern and let me know what you made.

Until next time,



  1. Lovely! Bet you look smashing in it!!

  2. This one gets my vote as PRETTIEST ON THE MANNEQUIN, however PRETTIEST ON JENNIFER could be a whole nother matter!


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