Summer Tops : : Week II : : Day I

I’ve got three more tops to show you this week! Maybe more. Maybe.


Sew Mama Sew featured a really cool pleated collar tutorial from Flour a few weeks ago that I really wanted to try. I loved the plaid shirt she had made so when I found some yellow picnic plaid (which you’ll see tomorrow) at a fabric store in my hometown whilst visiting for Father’s Day I snapped it up. After a few botches/redos on other stuff I’ve made, I decided that it would probably be a good idea to make a “muslin” first rather than risking my pricey designer fabric. Only I really just can’t deal with sewing a shirt just to toss it when I’m done, so I used this red flowered fabric I had sitting in the stash from JoAnn’s for the last year. I like that it has a Jane Austen feel to it.

Close up on the vintage-looking red rose buttons. Don’t look too carefully at those buttonholes.


I love that the collar looks good open, up, or down. It’s a little dressier up than down. This was also my first attempt at a placket, which is surprisingly easy, although it took me a long time to figure out without a good tutorial out there. Does anyone know of one?


The pattern I used was KwikSew 3222, but a word about my pattern sewing: I don’t actually use much of a pattern, just the overall shape. For instance, I widened the hips, added an empire waist (it came out too baggy at first, the empire waist is my go-to fix for this), threw out the entire mandarin collar, added a placket (the original has an invisible placket…not my taste), added buttons and buttonholes, and made the hem two inches shorter than the long view. I can’t exactly remember the last time I actually followed a pattern without modification.

Not bad for a first run, eh? Tomorrow you’ll see the yellow version!!

14 thoughts on “Summer Tops : : Week II : : Day I

  1. LOVE that top. the fabric is gorgeous.

    (ps. my youngest son’s name is elliot too.)

  2. Love, Love, Love! What a great design and the collar is fab! Good work and I can’t wait to see more tops.

  3. Oh that one is far and away my favourite so far in your incredible collection of tops!

  4. I love this top. It’s really beautiful! I’d love to add one of these to my wardrobe. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I love this top-beautiful fabric and shape-great work! So glad I found your blog via Flour.

  6. I hope you know the kind of inspiration you’ve been to me … which has in turn led to many friends of mine being inspired to try their hand at sewing too!

    I love this one! The empire waist is great …

  7. That top looks fab, I LOVE the collar! I’m inspired now to make a few tops for myself as I can’t find anything that I like and/or that fits in the shops right now… I’m a long time lurker on your blog by the way – I’m just not very good at remembering to comment 🙂

  8. this is a fantastic top…clever you….its mid winter here but you have inspired me to get sewing ready for summer….

  9. LOVE both this one and the yellow one – i’m horrible at clothes, but if i could do what you did i would give it another shot 🙂

  10. I love the top, and the fabric combination is cute. Wish somebody would make a pattern like that.

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