30 July 2013

The Grass is Always Greener Top


Have you ever started one dressmaking project only to change your mind mid-process and end up with something totally different? I was all set to make an elasticated waist batwing dress - this one, to be precise - using this dreamy Elk Grove organic (yes, organic!) knit (yes, knit!) from Birch Fabrics. I'd been thinking about it for weeks, had sourced the elastic, and it was all cut out and ready to go. Yet when I pinned it together and looked in the mirror to check the fit, well... it just seemed a bit too... no, not elky... but a bit too green.

Not that there's anything wrong with green per se, obvs, but I recently resolved to stick to a signature style colour palette (which I can share more on if you're interested), and green doesn't feature. A bit of green is fine, but a green dress may be a bit "off message", as marketeers would say.


So I decided to just sew together the top half and make a simple batwing top. I do so like a good batwing top. Once I'd decided what to do, it took less than an hour to put the whole thing together using my overlocker. I finished the neckline with a facing as I didn't want to break up the print with a band or a line of stitching. If I make this again, I'd lengthen the hem and take some of the curvature out of the shoulders (is it for shoulder pads??).

With the scorching hot weather we've been having in London recently, there's something so comforting about slipping into a snuggly long sleeved top sometimes. I know, I know, the grass is always greener...

[Soundtrack: 'Steel Your Girl' by Neon Neon]

59 comments:

  1. Love it! Even if it's green, it somehow still feels very you. Not sure why.

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    1. Love the green cloth.

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  2. It looks great Tilly :) Batwings for the win!!!

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  3. Tell us about your color palette! Please.

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  4. I was drooling over this fabric already, I think I will have to buy it now, that top is delicious!

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  5. I'd love to know more about your colour palette dressing. It's something I've thought about, but I think I'd get bored to easily. I also sometimes feel like I want to be prepared for any occasion where I'm required to wear a certain colour. I don't know why that would happen, but it's something I think about.

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    1. Haha like when? Actually, I had a yellow party when I was a kid - an excuse to wear my favourite clothes and eat monster munch all day...

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  6. I've been thinking about a colour palette for myself, so I'd be really interested hearing more about yours!
    Oh, and I love the top!

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  7. I really like this colour on you. I can see how it might be a bit too much as a dress though. But elks! You can never have too many elks.

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  8. Colour palette info please! :)

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  9. It's so cute. The print is adorable and I love that minty green color! I am intrigued by your signature style colour palette. Would love to read more about that.

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  10. I love it! And I'd definitely love to know more about your signature style colour palette. Looking forward to the next blog! :) x

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  11. oh it looks lovely as a top! I sometimes change the sleeves from long to short or little things like that, mostly because i am too worried about completely screwing it up!

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  12. Cute fabric / print! What do you have planned for the left-over yardage from your change in plans?

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    1. Not sure - maybe something for my little niece as there isn't a lot left.

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  13. adorable! and of course you can wear green :)

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  14. Green is my favourite colour but I am on an Autumn palette at the moment. Sewing for adults and children. Check it out here http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Yep! I've definitely changed the direction of a project mid sewing. The dress I'm currently working on has changed course about three times. It's not that I'm doing anything wrong, construction wise, but every time I try it on, I fee like it needs to be changed.

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  16. Love it when a potential fail turns into a win! That sense of triumph is unbeatable. :)

    x Elena
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  17. Err, have I got this right? No green? What about your Jasmine Green Tea dress? Would love to hear more about your signature colour palette. Great idea! I adore reading your blog, Tilly, thank you!

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  18. This is so cute. I love that fabric, it is such a lovely colour =) The best projects are the ones that don't go according to plan A.

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  19. Cute top and fabric. I agree this is a departure from your usual palette. I can guess what your colour palette is but I'd like to hear more about it!

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  20. Tilly this is gorgeous and I love it. It really suits you. Thank you for a fabulous post
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxx

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  21. That looks very cool! Love the green colour. I have a idea about a Renfrew top and this fabric....

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  22. Very retro! And green does suit you - in case you decide to add it to your colour palette :)

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  23. This looks awesome! Great choice to just make the top section. Would love to hear more about your "signature colour style palette", very intriguing

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  24. I do so enjoy reading your thoughts - colour palette info please. And also, I looked up your link to that gorgeous fabric but its priced per bolt?!

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    1. Oh that's because Birch Fabrics is the wholesaler, but there's a list of retailers on their site :)

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  25. P.s. as always, you inspire - would LOVE to make that top!

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  26. Batwings are awesome aren't they? Currently working on a batwing dress for a friend, and in calico-stage it was looking like a great big, well, straight-jacket. But when you put boobs and arms and shoulders in there all those great angles just look fab.
    As for changing projects mid-stream, that can get tricky - when I go down that path it usually ends up unfinished altogether...

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  27. It's such a cute top and you look pretty in this minty colour. But I understand what you mean, sometimes too much of a good thing feels a bit overwhelming to me too, even though it is not obvious to others around me.

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  28. It's cute and worked so well as a top! I had the same experience when I made a knit dress which was a one piece dolman sleeved front/ back. Even though it was only stripes, not green elks, a whole dress expanse of it with no seams and not much shaping was just not quite right and a bit too much. It became a top too! The proportion was much better.

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  29. Your top is brilliant. I really love the fabric... I want some!

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  30. Would love to hear about your colour palette, as have been thinking about doing the same - will make outfit decisions so much simpler !

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  31. Hi Tilly! I love the Elk top and I agree that it would have been to much as a dress but a batwing T shirt is great! Please share your colour palette ideas, I think I should really streamline my wardrobe!

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  32. its lovely ...will you share how to make this one pleae? love the shape

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  33. what a wonderful wonderful print and great shaped top. :) :) good on you changing up the project halfway - sometimes less is more. the top is rad it looks great with the red beads

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  34. Your top looks amazing and I am sure you had the opportunity to wear it this week with the chilly London weather! I would love to read about your colour palette, it is such a good idea!

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  35. Love it! Like you, I sometimes think about staying "on message" and trying to pick one signature look. Then immediately I give up because there are just too many fun looks out there! Life's too short to stick with one palette.

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  36. Lovely top! I love the little elks. Too cute! I've been having a style crisi about what "message" my wardrobe sends. I think cause its winter. I seem to dress co pletely different from summer to winter. Summer is so girly and winter I get all grungy. I think I need to do a wardrobe stocktake and reboot my brains idea of what clothes I own.

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    1. Ha! I know what you mean. I feel my winter wardrobe is much more "me", in Summer I tend to shove on whatever will keep me cool and regular styling seems to fly out of the window. Plus I just look hot and bothered in Summer and my hair goes a bit wild :)

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  37. I love it as a top - looks perfect on you!

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  38. I love this top, what pattern did you start out with? I love pretty much everything you do! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's the Prima one - see the link in the post.

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  39. I love this top, what pattern did you start out with? I love pretty much everything you do! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. What a fab top. Green is my colour.
    Would love to hear your thoughts on the colour pallet. I am a bit of an "impulse" girl and need help ;0)

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  41. Gorgeous Fabric, Gorgeous Print and Gorgeous Top! The green in this is a pretty unusual tone. Just lovely!

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  42. Ayyone know how to get hold of the pattern... the link says it was only available to the end of the month either Feb/ March time. :-(

    I am just dipping my toes into the world of crafting/ making and like the idea of making clothes and this kind of top usally suits me so would be fab to make!

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  43. I'm in love with this top!
    Please tell us about your colour palette (and why it doesn't include green, it looks lovely on you).

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  44. I think you made the right decision when it came to this project. I think that if this had been a dress it would have been too much green. I like the top that you have created it is the perfect amount of everything and it flatters you.


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  45. Love it! Am looking for a simple batwing top pattern... as don't want to risk self drafting... might be TOO floppy!

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