I’ve now made three, count um 3!, versions of V1382, an Anne Klein dress that I cut as a top, and my March’s Miss Bossy Patterns Winner for The Monthly Stitch! This pattern wasn’t actually my first choice but I’m so thrilled with my new makes. All really wearable and so pretty! I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these in the future, plus the full dress version.
….and here is my first version of this top:
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For this version I cut my pattern in a straight size 12, down 1 size from my measurements which I usually do for Big 4 Pattern measurements since there tends to be so much ease built-in. Perfect fit! This was so easy to transform into a blouse- the style lines cut at this spot to add the bottom panels of the dress. For this version I decided to make it slightly wider on the side seams (I just serged with no seam allowance) and sewed the lower back bodice pieces together. I cut the floral chiffon for the upper top bodice (a remnant from Joann’s) and then sewed & pinked it to the white linen (also a remnant from my stash) to make it more durable. I didn’t want a zipper so opted for a simple button closure on the top. Since my seam allowances are a bit wider it’s still easy to get on and off.
This was a quick and relatively easy make. I love the bodice angled seam lines and this is a great staple for my wardrobe! The interior seams are all serged but I didn’t add a facing to this version since the upper bodice was sewn wrong sides together and then flipped and topstitched like I do when sewing clothes for the kids.
And here are my 2nd and 3rd Makes!
you can read the full post on these here 🙂
I love the look of these tops, the colorblocked version is in an orange and peach cotton and the triangle print version is an organic cotton voile, both from Finch Sewing Studio that I bought on Etsy. I was planning on colorblocking the triangle top as well but the other fabric was backordered so I decided to go ahead and make the top in one fabric with the fabric flipped on the top bodice to add some interest. I’m so happy I did- This is my favorite top to wear, plus it goes with almost everything in my wardrobe!
Here are the fabrics I used:
For the colorblocked version I used these two colorways. After making the top the orange/red was just too bright and jarring against my skin so I lightened it naturally using hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice in the washing machine. So happy with the color now!
My next version is in this organic cotton voile. I love this fabric- it’s so soft and light, but still not sheer. It feels so wonderful to wear!