Saturday, 4 May 2013

Crazy about coral

Finally, spring has sprung, and I have gone a bit coral crazy. I bought some polka dot coral jeans, coral pumps, coral scarves, and a coral Kindle cover. Still, I had a feeling that something was missing... Then I remembered, I have a lovely jazzy viscose in my fabric stash from my local Fabricland, so it's time to turn it into a top to complete my outfit!
Obsessed much?!

It's a simple, basic top. Although the fabric is quite "busy" looking, I think it will be great teamed with plain jeans (I doubt I would wear the above outfit out... or perhaps with a jacket.)

I used New Look 6483, which claims to be a "1 hour easy" pattern. Erm... I don't remember signing up for the Great British Sewing Bee!! Speed-sewing is not my speciality, and let me tell you, it certainly took me over an hour of sewing time to knock this little number together. Just setting the sleeves in and finishing off the neckline would've taken me longer than a mere hour. Maybe I'm just inefficient though, and sew much more slowly than the average. 

The pattern runs from size 6 to 16. My experience of New Look patterns has been that they run a bit on the large size, so I scaled it down to a size 2 instead, and also took the side seams in by 1cm on each side. 

I made a view A, as I liked the simple design. I lowered the neckline though (by using a similar RTW top as a guide), as when I made up the top per the pattern, the finished neckline was choking me! Thankfully I used the single-fold self-fabric bias tape as a facing (rather than using the facing pattern) for the neckline, so it was easy enough to adjust. I also shortened the top by a couple of cms. 

The back has a button closure - it would've been functional if you followed the pattern, but now as I lowered the front and back neckline, I no longer need to undo the button to get the top over my head. Still, I think it is a nice touch. 


I was happy with what I ended up with. It's a fun, simple top which can be worn in a few different outfits. I was particularly happy with the pattern matching on the fabric. The side and back seams all line up nicely, and the pattern flows all the way round. I also really love viscose, especially as a light, summery and comfy fabric. 

And look, it must be that time of year again - my favourite tree in the garden is blossoming :)

Happy spring everyone (or happy autumn, if you are down under!) X 

12 comments:

  1. Very cute top! (and jeans, and shoes... I love coral too ;) The "quick" patterns always take me way longer than advertised also but, your top looks worth the extra time.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I'm glad I'm not the only one to never finish within the suggested time!

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  2. The top came out lovely! Coral is a nice color on you :)

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    1. Thank you - I have really grown fond of the colour!

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    1. Yay! Spring is finally here!

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  4. I'm a slow sewer, too. Pretty sure I've never done ANYTHING in an hour. :) But this is so cute, even if it took longer than an hour. :) Coral is such a great color, and it looks amazing on you!

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    1. Haha! I know! I'm exactly the same. I always end up unpicking lots, too, which slows me down lots.

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  5. That's funny, I'm wearing a top made from this pattern today! Coral suits you very much.

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    1. That's wonderful! It's a great pattern, isn't it?

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