One of the most fun things about sewing is being able to re-create a look that you like based on ready-to-wear clothing. Earlier this fall, I spied this sweet top in Boden and was just about to press play on the old shopping cart when I realized: a) that I was unlikely to wear a top with deer on it (I'm boring like that) and b) that I could totally make this.
I made it a couple of weeks ago, in honor of Selfish Sewing Week but did not get around to photographing it until just now.
It's just exactly the kind of top that a girl needs around here on the tundra. And it was pretty easy to make too.
I used a scoopneck tee pattern to make the bodice and chopped it off just below my braline to make an empire waist. To draft the skirt, I used the leftover pattern piece (from the bottom of the scoopneck tee) and added two inches of width to the sides to make it slightly A line. I added two inches to the front skirt piece for gathering.
From the center front on the skirt I measured five inches on either side and gathered just that portion.
I narrowed the back bodice just slightly to perfect the fit. And I learned by mistake that the front and back bodices are different widths (duh), so I needed two pattern pieces for the skirt - one to match the width plus 2 for the front bodice piece and a second to match the back (narrower) bodice piece.
I love it. Although, I am on the fence about the long top over jeans trend but - I think that trend is still a go... What do you think?