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Key Largo Tops for Summer

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} programming to bring you these Key Largo Tops. With as much as we love the Key Largo Top pattern by Hey June Patterns it was bound to happen!

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It came about because Aria wanted (and needed) some new tops for nicer occasions. And because she tried on this Key Largo Top of mine and fell in love with the pattern and the fabric substrate, but not the color. So after searching for hours online for the *perfect* viscose poplin, she settled on this one from Blackbird Fabrics.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria and I have a deal; if she will cut out and prepare the pattern pieces for sewing, I will sew together the garment for her. It came about not because she can’t sew her own complex garments (as shown here and quite a few other posts on this blog) but because her school workload is so heavy that she just doesn’t have the time. And so if she takes care of my least favorite parts, I’ll sew the rest.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Aria is as tall as I am (6 feet) I make some of the same adjustments for her on this pattern as I do for myself. That means a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and 2” to the length. However, because she’s tried on my Key Largo Top, she also felt like it was a little tight across the back of the shoulders, so we made a broad back adjustment of about 3/4”. (In a tit for tat, I tried on HER Key Largo Top and think I could also use a little bit of a broad back adjustment too!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course Aria requested the ruffle sleeve version, it’s just so feminine and fun to wear! Except that her ruffle had to be longer than mine because her arms are longer than mine. (Not admitting that this might mean she’s still growing…)

This Key Largo Top matches perfectly with MY beautiful Gabriola maxi skirt in the swishy-est, most feminine, elegant fabric ever. My Gabriola Maxi skirt that I’ve never worn. (To read that sad story, head over the CaliFabrics blog!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Because I was sewing one (basically) white Key Largo Top and because that is a huge hole in my wardrobe, I grabbed some vintage shirting fabric from my stash and sewed up a plain white Key Largo Top for myself.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a little stiff, but I’m hopeful it will soften with repeated washings like many vintage fabrics do. I added the lace ruffle to the sleeves because without it I felt like the shirt was looking a little bit like scrubs. Not that there’s anything wrong with scrubs, but it wasn’t my intended look.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As I was making this, I realized that up until this one, I’ve never made the Key Largo Top exactly as the pattern is written.  This means that the front is cut on the bias and there’s that cute front hem tie feature!  If it wasn’t the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} I’d whip up a couple more of these…I think that feeling is the mark of a successful garment sew, don’t you?

Oh, and speaking of the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} stay tuned…we’ll be right back on track very soon!

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Me Made May 2018 Week 4

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And we’re onto week 4 of Me Made May!  I only missed getting a picture of my outfit one day, (it was the top you see above) but more on that below…

Skirt Pattern: Simple Maxi Skirt by Simple Simon and Co. reviewed here.

Skirt Fabric: Art Gallery Fabric knit solid in aloe mist color.

Shirt Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns reviewed here.

Shirt Fabric: Art Gallery Fabric Sage Painted Desert Night fabric

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Skirt pattern: Syrah Skirt by Baste and Gather reviewed here.

Skirt fabric: painterly stripe from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Shirt pattern: Peplum top by Jocole reviewed here.

Shirt fabric: Art Gallery Fabric deep ocean solid knit

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Skirt pattern: Jocole Aline yoga skirt reviewed here.

Skirt fabric: Premium black knit fabric from JoAnn fabrics.

Shirt pattern: Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado reviewed here

Shirt fabric: Vintage arrows knit fabric from Bolt by Girl Charlee (same fabric different color available here.)

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Skirt: Denim maxi skirt from Style J denim skirts.

Shirt pattern: Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: double brushed poly from Cali Fabrics reviewed here.

And then came the day I didn’t photograph!  I was having an issue with my sewing machine, and went to bed with it not resolved!  So I forgot to take a photograph of my clothes as I was hurriedly dressing the next morning.  But I wore this skirt refashion, and this shirt.

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Top pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns reviewed here.

Top fabric: Viscose poplin from La Mercerie reviewed here.

Skirt: well, this is the thing I made for myself this week.  But I can’t share it yet here!  Rest assured it’s coming soon with lots of photos and a tutorial, and all the details!

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Me Made May 2018 Week 1

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

As promised, for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Instagram, here’s the round up of Audrey’s weekly outfits.  It’s fun to look back and see what I wore in past years, and the different ways to pair items of clothing.  Stick around to the end of the post to see if I met my goal for the week!!!

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Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns pattern review here.

Willamette Shirt by Hey June Pattern pattern review here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns.

Simple Maxi skirt pattern by Simple Simon & Co reviewed here in Art Gallery Fabrics aloe mist knit.

Marlene shirt pattern; reviewed here in Riley Blake Designs striped knit.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly (here’s a similar fabric) reviewed here.

Jocole pencil skirt in scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics (here’s a similar, no prettier, fabric! reviewed here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns in black jersey from JoAnn Fabrics.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in black knit.

Jocole pencil skirt in striped knit (I think it’s this exact one) reviewed here.

Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns refashioned from a skirt (see it here.)

Style J denim maxi skirt.

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Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in woven brushed modal from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns with ruffle sleeves hack in floral viscose poplin from La Mercerie.

And if you’re following along, you know that I’ve accomplished at least 1 week’s sewing project for me goal for May.  Also, this seems to be a new color palette for me, but I’m totally in love with this fabric.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t wrinkle horribly, and drapes and flows beautifully.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

In my opinion, it’s the perfect fabric for this pattern.  I highly recommend either and both of these!

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

For some reason, I’ve been attracted to the warm color palette for the first time in my wardrobe.  I love wearing navy blues and blacks, but recently I’ve wanted all the reds, oranges, and yellows.  So keep your eyes on this space to see how long this lasts.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Key Largo Top in 3 Different Substrates!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m over at Hey June Handmade sharing a tutorial on how to add ruffle sleeves to the Key Largo Top.  I’m totally honored to be there, and ruffle sleeves are so big right now (sorry, bad pun!) that you really will want to add them to all your tops!

In creating the tutorial, and falling in love with the Key Largo Top, I sewed up three of them, all in different fabric substrates!  So I want to share them all with you, including my thoughts on how each works.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

For the first Key Largo Top I sewed, I used Art Gallery Sage Painted Desert Night Fabric.  This is the ONLY brand of quilting cotton I’d use for apparel sewing because it’s so soft and has some drape.  But as you can see, the whole shirt ends up a little stiffer.  If you look around the neckline, you can especially see some stiffness.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Please note, quilting cotton is not one of the recommended fabrics for making the Key Largo Top.  This was my muslin.  And yes, I felt comfortable enough with Hey June Patterns to sew up my muslin in expensive Art Gallery Fabric quilting cotton!  This is because I have sewn these patterns enough to know how they fit.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

That said, I made NO adjustments to the pattern for this first version, and it’s completely wearable and I love it!  After this one though, I added 1 inch width to each shoulder and 2 inches to the length.  You can see how the shoulder seams ended up too far in.  And even though this top is designed to be cropped, I needed the extra length because I’m 6′ tall, and that’s my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The next Key Largo Top I sewed from Art Gallery Observer Voile Indigo Window Crystal Fabric.  If I could only keep one of these 3 shirts, this is probably the one I would choose!  As you can see, I added ruffles to the sleeves.  (Remember to check out my tutorial over at Hey June Handmade.)

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile is lightweight and drape-y and cool for summertime wear.  The voile is a dream to work with too.  Because all the inside edges are enclosed or finished, the issue of voile fraying is eliminated.  Voile is slightly sheer, so I’m wearing a tank underneath.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile does wrinkle slightly by the end of the day.  Even though I sewed the same size as the 1st Key Largo, I think this version is more flatterning/slimming due to the way the fabric drapes with the curves of my body.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The 3rd and final (for now!) Key Largo Top I sewed is from Art Gallery Spices Fusion Rayon Challis Paparounes Spices Fabric.  This was my 1st time working with Art Gallery Fabrics rayon.  I’ve seen the drape of this fabric described as liquid, and that word is truly accurate!  The sleeve ruffles are pure magic on this version.  It’s too bad these photos are stills and not videos!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

This rayon fabric seems to resist wrinkling, at least it did for me, and I wore it all day!  Rayon fabric is shifty when cutting, so you have to be super careful.  The stripes in this fabric actually helped keep track of where things were supposed to be.  One thing I noticed is that even though I used the exact same method and measurements to create the ruffles on these sleeves as the voile Key Largo Top, these ruffles end lower on my arm.  In my opinion, it’s due to the heavier weight per ounce of the rayon fabric than voile fabric.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

And the rayon fabric does “relax” during the day while wearing it, so it doesn’t look quite as fitted at the end of the day as at the beginning.  Also, this version will extend into fall wear because it has less breathability than rayon.  It is also slightly sheer fabric, and I’m wearing the same tank underneath.

Want to see them all side by side?  Here you go:

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Overall, I’m pretty excited about my 3 new Key Largo Tops!  They each have slightly different feel and look when being worn.  Now head over to Hey June Handmade so you can add ruffles to all your Key Largo Tops too!  Leave me a comment about which of these versions you like best and why.

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