Me Made May’15 has definitely made me aware that I need some more tops for work.
With the onset of Spring (really?) I have put away my standard winter work wear of warm rtw long sleeve blouses in favour of short sleeved tops and jackets.
I love my Day to Night Drape tops but sleeveless is not often an option in the office, even in a more appropriate fabric.
I scouted about for a pattern for cowl top with sleeves that wasn’t going to cost the earth. I realised I could probably draft a couple of sleeves myself but then I fell upon this pattern for £4.03 on Craftsy.
I made up my first top. I love how the stripes of this fabric, which must have been a seconds from a rtw garment fabric print, change down the body.
Super easy and fast. The fabric did not fray AT ALL so whilst I overlocked all my seams I did not overlock the edge of the cowl that drapes on the inside. This proved fortuitous because the fabric allowance for the inside of the cowl was a little mean and sometimes the inside edge shows so I do have to adjust the neckline occasionally when I’m wearing it.
I used my walking foot to ensure that I aligned up all the stripes down the sides.
When I came to make up my second and third with these 2 fabrics I made some adjustments to the cowl fabric allowance.
The first is another silky stretch remnant from Abakhan and the second is more like a fine scuba fabric from last weekend’s shopping trip to Fabworks in Dewsbury.
Can you see how I added in a further curve of fabric? This is now more reminiscent of the cowl of the Day to Night Drape Top. I also changed the angle where the cowl folds over at the shoulder. This was to ensure more ‘drape’ on the inside.
This is my second top.
Although cut out from the same pattern, this one is strangely more fitting which of course must be something to do with the different type of fabric, so that’s something I’ve learnt!
I’m still to hem drape top number 3 but to have my work wear options grow by almost 3 tops over a weekend is really rather pleasing.
So that is work wear done for a while. Back to my weekend wardrobe.
Love, Lucie xx