Tuesday, April 2, 2013

craving some Spring florals

Well, the Easter holiday is behind us now. We had such a nice day with our family… a menu that is a TNT and is not to be messed with, pies that I swear were heaven-sent, and enough baby and kid action to keep us all satisfied for the day. Goodness, I love those grandbabies.

And even though it’s Spring in these parts, you’d never know it. The only blossoms in sight are those little snowdrops that are the first to appear because they don’t know any better. There were no fresh flowers on my table…only bunnies and eggs, so I am craving some floral right about now.

Faye has another challenge going on. Much like the Carnival of Skirts, she’s encouraging us to do some tops for Spring.  The Essential Tops Sew Along. Well, then. Just the little bit of encouragement I need!


I had recently purchased a Logo by Lori Goldstein top on QVC after trying on one of my daughter’s and I loved the style and fit of the top.  On my birthday, I made a top from the Alice and Olivia pattern:


And this past weekend, I made a second top of the same style out of a pretty, pretty floral rayon knit.


This time around, I added a set of pockets to the front. With some tucking along the sides, they add some dimension to this top.


You know how knits can be….especially lighter weight knits when you want to topstitch a pocket in place. My little trick is to use Steam-a-Seam Lite to place the pocket.



Then I give it a steam to set it in place and proceed with stitching it on. It keeps the pocket in place, you don’t have to fuss with wiggling pins, and I think it just makes the whole process neater than neat.

I did a v-neckline again, and then finished off the asymmetric hem and ¾ sleeves with a hem using a twin needle.


I SO love this top. I can imagine all sorts of pretty ways to embellish, trim, and vary the neckline and sleeves on this one. It’s definitely a TNT pattern for me from now on!


                                                  It's the perfect weekend top for Spring.

19 comments:

  1. Really cute tops. I'm feeling for all you northerners...especially after a recent visit to Ohio and Chicago. Brrr! I sure hope it warms up soon for you.

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  2. Very cute tops and they looks so good on you.

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  3. Such lovely tops! Now we just need some nice warm weather to go with your flowers. Love the addition of the pockets - brilliant idea!

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  4. Why does your top look so much better on you then mine did on me?!!! I LOVE this version! The pockets are the perfect addition, and gathered too. What a creative piece!

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  5. While both are lovely, I love the pink and white print the most. I think it pops more at me.
    Steam-a-seam lite is always on my ironing board. I think I use it as often as most people drink coffee or tea.
    Bring on Spring.

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  6. I would not have looked twice at that pattern. Your version is way more appealing. Very flattering! And I see I need to get some of that steam-a-seam.

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  7. I am so impressed by these two cute tops! I have a pale linen vest on my table now and next up are black knit pants. I want florals!

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  8. Both these tops are so lovely. Both are lovely, the more subdued and the pink - I think the pink looks lovely with your colouring.

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  9. Both tops are great. I especially love the one w/ the bright colors! I need more brights in my wardrobe. :)

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  10. Lovely spring tops! It's near freezing here in London, with possible snow!
    Thanks for the tip to use steam a seam on the pockets, it makes perfect sense but I would never think of it.

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  11. so Spring-like and very cute! Thanks for the steam a seam tip, I need to put that out near
    my machine so I remember to use it :-)

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  12. Oooh, these are both so cute! I love that pattern-- not sure how I've never noticed it before! I also love the Hemingway quote behind you... A Moveable Feast is one of my favorite books!

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  13. Those are both terrific tops. The look a lot prettier than the pattern envelope suggests.

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  14. Love the floral fabric. The pockets were a great addition to a top that looks so good on you.

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  15. Love, love these tops.. thanks for sharing all your tips..SO helpful, as I am just learning to sew knit fabric.. [loving knits] Happy sewing.

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  16. I too love the floral top!!! So pretty so fresh Looks great on you

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  17. Pretty tops, I love the pockets you put on the pink floral version. I use steam a seam a lot too, on knit garments for hems and such. It really helps me to sew non-puckered top stitching.

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  18. Those are both really cute tops Lynne! I especially love those pockets on the pink floral; that's a terrific idea :)

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