Monday, April 19, 2010

Top o' the Spring to You

Last summer I sewed a dress for a bridesmaid using Butterick 4978.  I was not sure at first whether I liked the design, but it grew on me.  I thought the gathered neckline might be flattering for my figure.  So, this spring I decided to use it to make myself a top.  But I made some adjustments.  First, I decided to skip the keyhole and the neck binding of the Butterick bodice, and just used the lining to support the gathers.  I borrowed the lined cap sleeves from Simplicity 2965, and redrew the armholes of the bodice to match.  I combined the upper edges of the Butterick midriff pieces with the lower top of Simplicity 5193 to draw the lower pieces.  I made it all in a bright, fun floral fabric because I am ready for Spring!  Getting it all right was a interesting adventure, but I am happy with the result. 
So I have entered it in the Spring Top Week contest at Made by Rae.  Check it out!


  1. Wow! Nice work!! I particularly like the gathered neckline.

  2. It's beautiful and suits you perfectly! Yay spring!