Sailor Tops

The Sailor Top | a happy stitch

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.

The Sailor Top | a happy stitch

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.

The Sailor Top | a happy stitch

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 Sailor Top | a happy stitch

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.

The Sailor Top | a happy stitch

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.

The Sailor Top | a happy stitch

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.

18 Comments on Sailor Tops

  1. Daniela D
    March 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Good for you for cutting into the Liberty. It looks wonderful! I love the navy one as well (one of my favorite colors to wear!).

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! You know I need serious courage to cut it! I’m loving navy these days as well. Kind of a new thing for me so maybe you are rubbing off on me. 🙂

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  2. Kelsey
    March 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, these are so incredibly cute 🙂 and definitely a worthy reason to cut into your Liberty. I do so enjoy sewing clothes vicariously through you. Thank you.

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

      You are the best Kelsey! I can only imagine the incredible clothes you could conjure up!

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  3. kristin
    March 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

    totally cute and yes, way to go on cutting the liberty! that’s a great print. having seen the blue one IRL (woo!) i definitely need to get this pattern; haven’t pulled the trigger yet though.

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 31, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! Go for it! And, I’m still waiting to replicate your awesome rayon tunic! Can we compare and contrast outfits again when I’m back in June? Pretty please!

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  4. Masha
    March 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

    They are super cute!

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  5. erin
    March 31, 2015 at 6:23 am (2 years ago)

    Adorable! That Liberty print is one of my favorites. Good job cutting into it!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Erin! I’m so glad I cut into it…now I’m feeling I can cut into the other Liberty yardage I have. I mean, what good is it in my closet!!?

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  6. Toni Coward
    March 31, 2015 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

    LOVE them! think I’m sold on this pattern now.

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

      You won’t regret it! It’s adorable! I’ve also got to add your Skippy to my list after seeing Jane’s adorable version!

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  7. Jane
    March 31, 2015 at 9:31 am (2 years ago)

    I love both of these tops!! I’ve been debating this pattern for a while now…I’m thinking it’s a must 😉 very cute!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 31, 2015 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      You’d love it Jane! Of course, you are adorable in anything but it’s such a fun way to show off a cute print and you are so good with the cheery prints. 🙂

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  8. Julia-tag&tibby
    March 31, 2015 at 10:05 am (2 years ago)

    I love shirts with that neckline, so flattering!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 31, 2015 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

      Me too! And, I don’t usually like myself in the boatneck style. I’ve been pondering if this would look good lengthened or not?

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  9. thesoutherninstitute
    April 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Woot woot! I recognize that fabric! 😉 Those tops look great, Melissa!

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    • Melissa Q.
      April 3, 2015 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

      Yes you do! Thanks for the compliments. I think of you and our trip around Nashville every time I wear this (and lots of other times, too!).

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