Thursday, January 29, 2009

Swap #5 Vogue 8497

I've had this pattern and have been wanting to try it since last summer.This week I planned to make my daughter a surprise Valentine dress. I am working on it but I got side tracked when I realized I had a lot of the red fabric left.

Well, my lucky daughter is in Las Vegas right now, and there's still plenty of time to finish her dress .Once I got the idea about this top ,I couldn't stop.I think this pattern just begs you to interpret it in your own original way. This is what I came up with.

The fabric is a wool double knit -like polyester and it was a dream to work with. The trim is a cotton/lycra blend. Since both fabrics were prewashed, I hope the different fibres won't be a problem when I wash the top.

I cut the black polka dot fabric on the bias in order to make the best use of the dots. I simply zigzagged the edges with red thread and sewed the trim to the unfinished edges of the garment again with a zigzag stitch. Then, I trimmed both very close to the stitching.
As you can see on the photos, the trim is used on both the front, back, and sleeves.

And then, I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I made this corny flower which probably makes the top scream HOMEMADE.I have a few pics on flickr to show how I made the flower. My photos of the steps for the trim were fuzzy for some reason so i dudn't post a lot of them

This top will work well with my black and grey bottoms of my Swap.
For more pics, look here.


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Diana - the flower doesn't make the top look homemade at all! I really like it. And I love the polka dot fabric...very nice top! I have this pattern and haven't done more than look at it so it's nice to see it made up.

Meg said...

Diana, I have to be honest and say that when I was scrolling down I thought this top was not going to be so flattering. I am sharing this because I was so wrong. It looks fantsatic on you and the colour is great. The flower is gorgeous also. A job fantastically done.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Diana, I like your version of this top, you did a great job. I like your trim detailing. and the flower doesn't look corny ;)
(I just bought this pattern
last sale :)I'm anxious to make it now! :)

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Oh, and it looks great on you too!

Chris said...

Diana, this looks great, I love the polka dot trim. I don't think the flower looks corny either.

Mary said...

Diana, I just bought that pattern on Thursday! It looks great and the flower and polka dot trim makes it look like something you would buy at a trendy boutique or Anthropologie. I'm hoping to try the pattern tomorrow.

Linda T said...

Oh, I really like the flower. The finished top is so cute. I have this pattern also, and if I ever get back to sewing, I want to try it. You have given me inspiration!

paco peralta said...

Diana .- good idea to add the flower. You look divine, really. congratulations.


Lisa H. said...

I like this top and the flower is a nice touch.I'd been thinking about trying this top.Thanks for posting about it.

Pamela Erny said...

Ooooh....this looks fab! Love the flower too!

I have this pattern..thanks for the inspiration for me to actually make it up!

Pam~Off The Cuff~

Nancy W. said...

I love what you did with this! I, too, have been wanting to make this, have the fabric and pattern, but keep putting it on the back burner. Yours really looks great and I love the polka dot trim. The flower is pretty cool too!

Cennetta said...

Nothing homemade about this top. In fact the flower takes it up a notch on the unique and ultra cute. Thanks for the tutorial on the flower. I'm a flower girl myself.