Sunday, February 10, 2013

SIHPC Make #1 (HP1142)

The first make of my Self-Imposed Hot Patterns Challenge is done! Granted, it was the easiest out of the bunch, but I was just happy to get back into the sewing room. Work has been very busy, and I've gone into the office the last two Saturdays. And since last Sunday was the Superbowl, today was my first real opportunity for undivided stitching time.


This top is VERY batwing and VERY '80s, but I think I like it. I used to wear similar tops IN the '80s which means I'm OLD, but it will be fun to be on trend even if for a second time. I'm planning to wear it with a solid brown skirt tomorrow, but it will go with a black skirt (or pants) too. Actually, it will go with many solid colors. 


As for the pattern -- it's pretty straightforward but it runs HUGE, so be forewarned. I was, since I read the reviews on Pattern Review, and I'll be sure to add my own review when I have a minute and a photo of me in it since those reviews definitely saved this trial version for me. I'm not sure what my current HP size is but I think I would've started with a 14 at neck and sized out to a 16 for hip. For this top, I traced and cut a straight 12. And it fits fine, including the hip/waist band, although it's still too wide in the neck so next time I will add to the shoulder at the neck edge to keep the bra straps covered. For this one, I'll be sewing in lingerie guards tonight while keeping an eye on Downton Abbey.

For this "muslin," I made a couple of small changes from the pattern instructions mostly as personal preference. First, I eliminated the center back seam and cut on the fold. There was absolutely no reason for a seam here, except to use the neckband method per the pattern -- which I also eliminated because I'd rather have a neckband sewn in the round than try to match/finish a CB neckband seam sewn as the back bodice seam. I coverstitched the binding seam allowance flat as you can mostly see in this blurry photo below.


I also eliminated the sleevebands since (1) the sleeves were going to be too long and (2) the size 12 sleevebands were going to have to be stretched beyond belief to fit the size 12 sleeve opening. If you DO decide to use bands to finish the sleeves, cut them a size or two up and/or pre-gather the sleeve opening before attaching to the band. Or, take the lazy way out like I did and just turn the edge under and coverstitch/stitch to create a casing for narrow elastic. Since the full sleeves blouse over the edge finish when worn, no one will see what method you choose anyway. ;-)


Here's the top lifted from falling over the hip/waist band to give an idea of how wide it is. I coverstitched here too.


I like this top, especially since I was fearing another sack could've easily resulted. I don't know if I could've stood another wadder. LOL It's a fast sew, which is also a plus for me right now.

I think it would make half of a fantastic 2-piece dress, with the Magic Pencil being the bottom half. I used to rock me some dropped waist dresses in the '80s (with the requisite linebacker shoulder pads!) and maybe I can again (sans the pads).

14 comments:

  1. Love your top and the fabric is beautiful...I really like this style and so easy and quick to sew.

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  2. I love this! That fabric is pretty cool, too. I actually miss the 80's.

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  3. I really like that fabric - very pretty and so you! I bet you will totally rock this top. g

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  4. Love the top! I have a pattern that is very similar that I've been wanting to get started on and this may just be the motivation I needed. LOVE your fingernails too!

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  5. Fun fabric! I liked the dropped waist thing in the 80's, in fact a couple me-made dresses come to mind - yep, both with shoulder pads.
    This does look like a very versatile color, look forward to seeing it modeled.

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  6. I really like the print you chose! And I'm especially happy that you're back in the sewing room...but may I ask, what happened to your sewing vacay? Did work get in the way?

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  7. I like this top. Really like the fabric and agree it will go with several colors.

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  8. So glad you had a chance to sew.

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  9. Love your top, the fabric and the style is so fun. I remember the 80's too!

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  10. Love the fabric pattern - will go with a lot of different bottoms...J

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  11. Love it! The jewelry looks great with it also.

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  12. This is a great looking top! I, too, love the fabric.

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  14. Ah, remembering the '80s! I liked the clothes then, other than the fact that I'm too narrow to wear the linebacker pads. That's a great top for a multitude of solid skirts, and it will make a nice 2 piece dress, too.

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