Sunday, July 21, 2013

How I Made MY Colour Blocked Top




I just posted my Saint Laurent inspired top on SewPassionista by DIANA. In this post, I want to show how I made it.


Here is my top,





Here is my drawing from which I drafted the pattern (based on Vogue 8792)



The top is slightly different from the drawing.

First, I copied the front of  V8792. Then I drew the design on this copy.


       I cut out the different sections.


I decided that I would add 1/2" seam allowances and drew these directly onto the fabric before cutting each piece out.



I wish I had taken photos of the sewing steps but I didn't.

I sewed the  five right side pieces together, then the three on the left. I then added the long perpendicular black piece. It was as simple as that.

I decided to make the back side all in yellow rather than follow my original drawing, Simplicity is usually best after all.

I had planned to add black neck and armhole bands but I changed my mind and used facings instead. I wanted these facings to stay put so I hand stitched them very carefully to the inside so that the stitching is virtually invisible on the outside of the garment. This was made possible by my fabric, which is a stable and fairly weighty cotton knit.


To hold the back neck facing, I added a checkered patch incorporating the four colours of my top for a nice little touch,



I used a double needle for the tunic length top and I was finished. This went together very quickly and easily.You can see a few more pics here.

I can't wait to try colour blocking on another garment This was fun!

I'll show you how I made the palazzo pants I mentioned in my last post in a couple of days.


10 comments:

  1. I love this, thanks for sharing the construction information.

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    1. Thank you Lori. This was such fun to do.

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  2. Beautifully done! Seriously motivated/inspired me Diana, Thank You :)

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    1. Thanks Ann. This is the kind of thing I really enjoy doing these days although I'm kind of bogged down making things for my daughter and sisters at the moment!

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  3. That top is so fantastic. I'm going to be a complete copy cat and tag along behind you. Lucky I live in Australia. I have ordered the yoga pants from Peggy and while I was there my finger accidentally got stuck on another couple of patterns as well. Oops.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca. And you're going to love the Yoga pant. I forgot to state in my post that I make mine higher at the waist as I'm too old for low rise. I think I've adde an inch or more .

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  4. Inspirational - looks fantastic!!

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  5. I had been designing a similar garment in my head in recent days. Now I can just copy your hard work. Mine is neutral with different shades of brown, beige, rust, with the border pieces in very dark brown.

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    1. Great minds think alike!And yours sounds like a fantastic colour combo!

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