Most of the time as I am working with a pattern, I think up a million ways to hack it. “It’s a tunic!” “Oooh, a twofer dress!” “AND, even a romper!!!” But by the time I finish with the intended garment I discard all of my pattern hack ideas and quietly move on. I leave my little pattern hack ideas behind to languish and die. Well, I am happy to report I listened to the “please hack me” voice this time with my Trevi Top and the voice was right! My trevi top DID want to become a bohemian Trevi Top with a contrast yoke and bright yellow tassels! It really did! Guys, I managed to create my favorite shirt ever with this hack. Hello happy, hippy, bohemian Trevi Top! You are here just in time for summer.
Actually, as you might be able to tell from the snow in these photos I made this top a month ago or so. But no mind! I have never claimed that my internal voice was practical and it certainly isn’t seasonal. It also took me so long to blog about it because I have been working on a tutorial for the the Hey June blog. So, if you want to learn how to add a contrast yoke to a top, pop over to Hey June Handmade for the easy tutorial. But stay here for a little while so we can mutually admire this top.
Why aren’t bright yellow tassels a more common thing, right? I have no idea. They are so perfect.
The rest of the fabric is just as fun. I used a print from the Anna Maria Horner’s line Loominious for the contrast yoke. I love that it is yarn-dyed and woven instead of printed on top of flat cotton. In essence it is scrumptious. The indigo striped fabric is an old white curtain that I indigo-dyed myself! I really love indigo dying, even though I don’t do it all that often. The color is stunning and I surprised myself by falling in love with how they look together. It’s an unexpected pairing for sure.
I especially love the variation you get with the indigo dying process. Didn’t the back turn out kind of cool? I was able to use a more richly dyed portion for the back placket and play on the natural variation of the dying process.
I hope you feel inspired to add a contrast yoke to a Trevi Top (or dress…even better). It’s a super fun variation and a great way to add a bit of a hippy/boho look with just a little bit of special fabric! Be sure to check out my tutorial with Hey June for the full how-to as well as a peek at my second contrast yoke Trevi.