I am back this week with another new-ish make. I made it back in mid-March. This top is the reason I stopped working on my PR wardrobe collection. I had a vision of how this top could turn out and I desperately wanted to create it. I used Simplicity 1062 in view C for this top. This is actually the second version of this pattern I made. The pattern envelope describes this as an easy to wear hi-lo top, and I must agree with them. I made an XL which is the size my measurements fit into on the measurement chart. There is a lot of ease in the pattern that makes it super casual and comfortable. The finished top is 10.5″ bigger in the bust than the standard measurements.
For this top I used 2 yards of green stripe cotton jersey from my August 2015 Girl Charlee Knitfix. The fabric was $5.75 a yard for a total of $11.50 in materials cost for this top. Another well worth it make. I have one last 2 yard cut from my August Knitfix left to use, before I can purchase another bag. I think the Knitfix is well worth the cost and I do love a mystery fabric grab bag.
Overall, I really like the way this top turned out. I love that the strips on the cuff go the opposite direction as the stripes on the sleeve. I also love the techniques for adding the cuffs and neckband. The are both fold in half pieces that I serged on. The only thing I would change is the front length. While I like the hi-lo, it is just a couple of inches to high for my preference in the front.
Having shared my second version, now I want to share my first version. It is drastically different than what the original pattern is. This is the last of my tops that I had made for the PR Wardrobe contest. I made this version way back in February. I bought a top from Torrid last year that I love so much I wanted to recreate my own version of it. Simplicity 1062 was the perfect pattern to hack for this project.
For this top I used one yard of black jegging ponte knit from Jo-Ann’s ($8.99/yd) and .75 yards of polka dot and roses chiffon from Fabric Mart ($4.49), both of which came from my stash. Total fabric cost for this version was $13.48, which is far less than what I paid for the inspiration piece.
I don’t want to go into any details just yet on how I hacked the pattern to create this top. I am planning on making another version this weekend so I can get some good pictures and write up a tutorial for the pattern hack with that next version. I think that this makes a great basic that could work for almost everyone, so I want to share how to get your own version.
What do you think? Have you tried this pattern yet? Leave a comment and let’s chat about it!