Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sunburst Darts on a Top

Thanks to all for the nice comments on my last project! I enjoyed looking at your blogs too.

So I made the sunburst top with a matching gored skirt and I love both pieces.The top is today's fit V8151 and the skirt is new look 6509 and is OOP.Both were made in one day (on Wed.,my big sewing day) and were the last things for me until I finish my Christmas sewing.

Here is the top first.



I decided to use the plain knit on the body so the darts would be more prominent and the animal print for both the sleeves and the neckband. I like the effect and the only negative is that although I cut the top 1" longer than the pattern and faced the hem as well,it's still a little shorter than I like .When I made this version,



I must have added at least 3" because it's quite a bit longer.

The darts on the new one are quite a bit shorter because I thought the darts on the white one pointed too prominently to the bust. I like the short ones but the result is that the upper chest is a bit too wide as the darts didn't take in enough fabric in that area but I can live with it.




I thought you might like to see what the pattern piece looks like with the added darts.On the right is the front showing the bust dart and on the left,the bust dart is closed and opened at the neck.



In this photo, the darts are drawn in.


It was quite simple really. My bust darts were 2&1/4".( I know that's an awfully wide dart and I wouldn't ever make this top as is.Sandra Betzina made the change to this pattern at the workshop I attended but I didn't like the way it turned out.) for a total of 4.5"". When I closed them,the neckline was openend that amount.I decided I wanted five darts on each side and one in the middle. I divided the 4.5" by 11 and figured I could make each dart about 1/2" each ( I cheated a little).


The skirt has eight gores and I cut it 2" shorter than the pattern .I likt my skirts just below the knee. I skipped the zipper and inserted elastic at the waist because I got lazy. I don't particularly like elasticized waistlines but it will do in this case.

Here are the two pieces together .



And I wore the ensemble this way to church today.




A few more pics here.

I'm calling these pieces my "Blue, Navy Blue" mini wardrobe. Next up is this shirt .The fabric is a semi sheer polyester animal print that I've had in my stash for quite some time. It will have to wait until my Christmas sewing is done however.



I do hope you found time to sew this weekend and that you have a great week!

16 comments:

Sue said...

Diana, your outfit is gorgeous. Both the darted tops look great and thank you for showing how you rotated the dart to the neck, to be able to make the smaller darts. You do make beautiful clothing that suit you so well.

Sharon said...

You have created a wonderful outfit and thank you for showing us how you rotated the darts.

velosewer said...

Excellent work. Both tops are very smart. You look smart anyway. Thank you for the instructions.

Vicki said...

How clever. Really nice outfit.

Lori said...

Great idea on the dart, the shirts look amazing, as does your outfit.

Michelle said...

Wow, those darts are fantastic! And thank you for all the photos of the pattern changes, beautiful work!

Gail said...

Love the added darts. The whole ensemble looks very stylish.

gwensews said...

What a pretty outfit! I love the detail of the sunburst. Nice job! Christmas sewing? You put me to shame!

Shannon said...

Love the darts - they add such character to the tops!

alethia said...

Beautiful, elgant and chic.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Diana, as always you look fantastic! I just love the sunburst of darts. What a clever change to this pattern..and your jacket finishes off this outfit perfectly.

Debra Martin said...

I like how you made the sleeves from the leopard print. And the neck binding too....

Digs said...

Excellent exercise, and wonderfully chic result. Congrats.

Anita (Summer Gypsy) said...

I love this outfit, both the darted top and the flippy skirt. I especially LOVE the skirt. I just started looking at your blog, so I need to hunt for where you explained the skirt. That flippy bottom of the skirt is awesome. I WANT ONE... It's going onto my list.

paco peralta said...

Hi Diana.- Only wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My best wishes for another year full of happy sewing ...!!!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Hi Diana, Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy New Year!
Serena is due in
approx 3 weeks :))))