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Selfish Sewing Week Self-drafted Top

selfish sewing week top

selfish sewing week top

Today I’m going to tell you about the top I made for my Selfish Sewing Week outfit.  First of all, let me tell you, this is a wearable muslin.

From the Burda Style Dictionary: Muslin-Sewers speak of making ‘a muslin’ when they use a plain fabric to make a mock-up version of a pattern they want to try, as a kind of sample before they cut out and sew a final version in fashion fabric. The muslin is used to identify fitting issues and to make adjustments which the sewer then incorporates into their paper pattern.

Back of Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt

So I’m calling this a wearable muslin because when you are 6 feet tall and you make a shirt that has sleeves long enough for you, you wear it no matter what issues it has!  Ah, the beauty of making your own clothes…

I had this idea for a shirt and dress pattern and I started playing around with it.  Can you believe the gals whose main theme is skirts might actually develop something that is not a skirt as their first pattern?  Don’t know…stay tuned!

Side of Selfish Sewing Week top

Things I love about this shirt:

  • raglan sleeves
  • looong sleeve length
  • slimming shape
  • one piece side inset shape
  • using a 3rd piece of my cherished Birch Organic Fabrics bird fabric!

Neckline of Selfish Sewing Week Top

Things I will change for the next time:

  • Start the inset/contrast fabric at the neckline
  • Curve in even more at the waist
  • Take out a few inches in the front and back to make it more fitted
  • Sew the FOE at the neckline tighter.  (To be fair; this was my 1st time working with FOE!)
  • Lengthen the top to carry on the inset/contras fabric shape longer

Julia Cardigan

I’d gladly take any suggestions you have for my work in progress!  Since it’s Selfish Sewing Week, I might actually decide to do something about these changes this week!  Tomorrow I’ll share with you the last piece in my ensemble, anyone recognize what pattern it is?

What have you been working on?  Anything for yourself?

Selfish Sewing Week top

6 thoughts on “Selfish Sewing Week Self-drafted Top

  1. Good job Audrey. I agree it needs some tweeks but you have a good idea there. I’m I treated to see where this goes. By the way, I printed and cut out that cardigan pattern this morning. Bit of a.fabric hog though so not sure I’ll be able to do it with stuff from my stash. If I have to go shopping it won’t happen this week. 🙁

  2. Interested. Not treated. 🙂

  3. cute! the neckline is the hardest part of a Raglan shirt!!

  4. The sides panels are really interesting and I loved to see it layered with the cardigan =D those colours go perfectly together

  5. […] up a Game Day Dress for Annie, sewing it exactly as instructed.  We used part of the last of the four pieces of Birch Organic Flight Knit fabric from Fabricworm.  And we used creamy white knit from JoAnn Fabrics to complete the rest of the […]

  6. […] used the rest of the ivory knit fabric from JoAnn’s purchased to make myself this top, and almost didn’t have enough!  I had to piece one of the sleeves, but Annie either […]

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