It's great when you find a fashion pattern you like, but how do you keep it fresh so you don't end up with a closet full of the same thing? Today I'm sharing how changing fabrics, and a few small details, gave me a bunch of new tops from one pattern, but don't look overly same-y. And I've also got a giveaway for a choice of 3 patterns from Seamingly Smitten to get more of those sewing ideas brewing!
You may remember my first try with this pattern a few months ago. I shared my review of Seamingly Smitten's Women's Raglan Top pattern and how to do a few modifications to turn it into a whimsical ringer tee here.
I took the pattern and curved the side seams inward to make it a bit more fitted, added fold-over cuffs and a folded neck band. I've worn that top so often I decided it was time to make a few more and switch 'em up a little each time.
Ready for a little raglan top fashion show?
For this version I used an organic cotton knit print for the body plus some ribbed cotton for a contrasting trim.
I finished the neck on this one by doing a wide binding over the raw edge with some of the ribbing (and yes those are fun little mushrooms!).
I also added no-fold banded cuffs and a hem band to make it more of a tunic length. It's got a kind of ModCloth vibe to it, but without the usual crazy high price tags of that site.
FYI the cotton fleece didn't have enough stretch to use to make a collar or do binding - and you can't really fold ruffles under on a curve without them looking crazy - so I cheated. I just cut a strip of the ruffle fabric, cut the ruffles off and then used it wrong side out to do the neck binding. The amount of stretch was ideal. Perfect color match and no need for a third fabric = win!
Confession time: This was my first try using ruffle fabric. I know, I'm kind of behind the times. I'd gotten this last summer and some other colors nearly a year before but kept hoarding them until "the right" project came along. I finally realized the hoarding wasn't getting me anywhere, so don't be afraid to use those special fabrics - wearing them is much better than keeping them on a shelf.
The ruffle fabric itself was pretty easy to use, but you do want to make sure you cut pieces evenly so the ruffles line up with seams are matched and that the ruffles are all laying in the right direction as you sew so you can get a nice finish like this:
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Happy Sewing Everyone!!
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