Friday, March 29, 2013

Last Week of "Mix it Up March"/Top Sew-A-Long

The challenge this week was to use a pattern from a company that one hasn't used before. Well, I don't know if I had ever heard of Step-by-Step pattern company, but found two patterns in a swap shop. The patterns do not include pattern guide sheets, but category cards that can be purchased at different online sites.

I choose to use a semi-sheer cotton batiste polka dot black and white fabric to make view B. I used the short sleeve version. It was easy to put together using a one-piece front and back, and two widths of platter collars used as one. I didn't make any adjustments as the completed measurements are printed on the blouse front pattern piece. Plans are to make another in a solid color. This is the only item in black/white that I've kept for myself to add to my spring collection. Teal is a color that I've seen paired with this black/white polka dot and I have a pair of teal pants awaiting in the closet.
The way the circles/dots are lined up is the way I wanted it to work with the addition of the buttons, but the only way I could have done that was to really plan it before cutting and use loops between the facing.

 The double collars make for an interesting look. I placed the button holes in the black spaces and got the buttons as close as I could in the black trying not to take away from the circles.

Another thought was to use white thread and center the button holes in each of the circles and use white buttons. Now this was after I had rested one night about the black buttons and after it was completed. You know how you continue to study the project using all of your after thoughts.



  1. styling in your polka dots! lol! looks good!

  2. Thanks, believe it or not some of the guys from my previous job called me "Polka Dot" due to the freckles.

  3. It's a very nice top Dorothy, I love me some dots.

  4. So pretty, I love the polka dots and the double collar. Great Job. Happy sewing.

  5. Hi Dorothy, that is a really funky outfit, if you don't mind me saying so! So happy and bright.

  6. Polka dots and a double collar = love :) Great top!

  7. Dorothy. I love your style. You use print so elegantly.
    Thank you also for identifying Step-by-step pattern company. I really enjoy supporting indie pattern companies.
    You are wonderful!!!

  8. Velosewer, thanks for the compliment and for stopping by my blog.


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