Friday, 13 April 2012

Pink Silk Polka Dot Top (+ Giveaway Reminder)

Recently I've been noticing a lot of sweet little blocky tops with rounded necklines and short kimono style sleeves. They look so wearable. I WANTED ONE!

Here are some upmarket examples:
Exhibit 1 by Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Exhibit 2 by Thakoon

That shape just looks so simple to make! 

So here's what I made - as it looks in daylight - same kind of shape, right?

There's a bit of puckering in the top stitching around the neckband - my tension was just a little off.

I used view A from this little specimen from the Butterick Classic era. You could draft something yourself though - it really is a basic shape.

My neckline is more rounded and a bit lower than my inspiration tops, but I'm happy with the way it looks.

* these photos taken inside in the evening with not enough light and accordingly lightened in Picasa

I need to work on smiling for the camera
and on looking AT the camera!

No circus tricks were required to make this top

My son says if you don't know about smiling for the camera, chop your head off

Steeling myself to do a better job with the ironing - maybe tomorrow

Giveaway Reminder
I had a problem with blogger last week and my award / giveaway post didn't seem to make it through most of the usual channels. So in case you didn't see my post last Tuesday, I'm running a giveaway - with the chance to win 3 patterns of your choice from a selection of new and old Vogue, Butterick and Simplicity patterns. Entries close next Tuesday, and at the time of writing there is just 1 entry - the odds are looking fantastic!


  1. That's so lovely! I want one too!!

  2. Cute top. This style of top has been catching my eye a bit lately too. I t looks like such a wearable style. Your photo with the hula hoop is very funny.

  3. I like this top and you're right its very versatile. Funny about the smiling in photos ..... :o)

  4. This is a great style on you, equally as up-market as your inspiration choices. Guess you will be whipping up a few more of these soon...

  5. This looks like a top that would look equally great dressed up as you have it or dressed down casually with shorts and flop flops.

    Thanks for the mention in your awards. K

  6. This looks very nice and very versatile. I love the colour and the dots!


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