Friday, 14 August 2009


I first made up this New Look pattern a few weeks ago (see my previous post for a picture of version one) and liked wearing it so much that I decided to make another.

It's very quick and straight-forward to make (though I have to say I didn't quite manage their two hour estimation for either the first or second version). This would be a really great pattern for a beginner.

It's a pretty easy pattern to fit. I have very narrow shoulders so I cut a size 10 for the neck, shoulders and sleeves grading up to a size 12 from the armholes downwards (Technically, going by the Sizing measurments this is one size smaller than I should have but I am learning to always go down a size with the big 4). I also did a small FBA (by making a dart then rotating it into the neck gathers) so as to keep it loose-fitting across the bust and to ensure the front length was right. Even though I cut a smaller neck I still cut 4 inches off the length of the neckline elastic because I didn't want my bra straps to show - one of the good things about this pattern is that this is a very easy fix and you can adjust the neckline to exactly how you want it.

I like the style of this pattern because it has some shaping through the waist so you can avoid the 'heavily pregnant look' (a great look if you are expecting but not so good if you aren't) but it's still loose enough to be comforable. For both versions I chose View B because I love the flouncy sleeves - I have a real thing about flounces and ruffles at the moment!

Here's the second version -

It's made in a beautiful silk charmeuse from Gorgeous Fabrics - this big, bold print was crying out from my stash to be made up in this pattern - I was going for an exotic, summer in the tropics look!

So, if you're looking for a quick top with a bit of glamour, this is a great pattern.


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