Near the end of Selfish Sewing Week I made these two Sailor Tops and I never got around to blogging about them! Eek, so behind. I didn’t want to miss the chance to discuss them because A. I like them a lot B. I cut into my Liberty fabric (so proud of myself!) and C. I have a slight fitting issue with them and I’m curious if anyone else has, too.
I was pretty excited that I could access this pattern through Creativebug (affiliate link). I am an affiliate for Creativebug but I pay for my own annual membership (it’s even cheaper now than when I bought mine!) and I find it super inspiring. I’m a visual learner so I like that I can watch a video for the classes and everything is so pretty there! Plus, it’s not always easy for me to take sewing classes near me so I’m happy get the experience of class every once in a while. I was debating buying this pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts when I noticed on Creativebug and squealed with delight.
Such a cute top. It’s kind of a classic style but not boring and a fun top in a print. As I mentioned I used this classic Liberty print for one of the tops. I’ve had this fabric for years and I love it so much. But, I was scared to cut it up. What if I screw up and waste it!? What if I make something with it and then something more perfect comes along?! Ahhh!! All the questions! So, I went for it. Done and done. And, I like it. Super cute on this summery top.
The other Sailor Top is in a fabric I picked up on a trip to Nashville, TN. It’s an indigo died, beautifully woven fabric with a bit of a looser weave. I had to wash it a bunch of times to be sure the blue dye doesn’t rub off. It seems good now. It’s so soft and comfy and this top just fits beautifully.
I do like both of these tops. I made them both in a Medium and the fit is good with one exception: It’s tight in a few places…a bit across the shoulders in the back and slightly in the arm scythe. The tightness is more pronounced in the Liberty fabric, the blue fabric has more natural stretch because of the way it is woven.
I’ve talked to others who have made this top and have heard similar reports. If I make this again I will probably take the arm scythe down 1/2″ and see if that fixes both problems. I’d probably lengthen it a little, too. Both issues are not enough to keep me from wearing the heck out of those tops! I’m eager for some warmer weather here so I have more opportunities!
P.S. I’m teaching this class (among many others) in my upcoming sewing classes at Rock Paper Scissors! Check them out and join me!
P.P.S. Don’t forget to enter the book giveaway! It ends on April 2nd and you all are helping me so much with deciding on a wall color! Keep it coming.