Somewhere in my mind I remembered this pattern though it took a while to track it down, it's from the 4/2011 issue of Burda. It was the colourblocked dress I remembered, but I used the top pattern.
With it's batwing (or are they dolman, is there a difference?) sleeves, it is a bit 1980's, but I am lacking in long sleeve tops and this is super quick and easy to make.
It should be possible to whip this top up in about an hour, but I ran into problems with the overly wide neckline. Much as I am a fan of Burda I often have problems with their necklines being too wide or low, I should know better by now, but I didn't realise until I tried on the top quite how wide the neck was - on me it was ridiculous and only just balanced on the edge of my shoulders!
I messed about with adding a neckband but that didn't look right so in the end opted for the quick fix of changing the shoulder line as you can see from the row of pins in the photos below.
The original neckline is just turned and stitched, but after making the change above I found it difficult to get a nice finish at the corners so I faced the neckline with a strip of the jersey instead and topstitched that down with a twin needle. The hems are just turned and twin needled.
The only other change I made was to shorten the sleeves because my scrap piece wasn't wide enough. I could have added contrast bands, but just wanted to get it finished after the neckline hoo ha so I have 7/8 sleeves. The original pattern sleeves are very long, I'd have needed to shorten them in any case.
Lovely. I love a good batwing top. And polka dots!ReplyDelete
That's very cute! Thanks for the warning about the neckline.ReplyDelete
Very nice! I love, love the polka dots, and that the batwings aren't over the top. :-)ReplyDelete
This is really cute, not over the top at all. I have several knit bits I could use, now I'll have to search for the pattern!ReplyDelete
Oh yes, yes, YES!!!!! This looks fantastic on you!ReplyDelete
I think it is dolman. Batwings begin at the waist. Regardless, cute top and great use of scraps.ReplyDelete
I love polka dots! what a great use of your scraps, it turned out great!ReplyDelete
Great top, great save and love the use of remnant pieces. :)ReplyDelete
Gosh that top looks so comfortable.ReplyDelete
Love your top, the polka dots are fun and teamed with the plain black you have a very wearable top.ReplyDelete
Very nice Allison. Thanks for the neckline warning!ReplyDelete
Oohh. That's really nice. It's a really slimming batwing top that you don't find very often. Nice choice Allison.ReplyDelete
Very cute! You make me want to pull this issue out. Nicely done.ReplyDelete
ooo, this is REALLY nice. I'm normally not a great fan of the batwing, but this is nice and slimming, I might well pull out this issue again. And thanks for pointing out the neckline problem!ReplyDelete
Great option for small remnants! I love the batwings.ReplyDelete
Fantastic idea! I have lots of little jersey pieces swimming around. I'll have to give this a go. Great top. Love the polka dots!ReplyDelete
Great way to use up your polka dot scrap. The dolman style is really cute! Now that I finally have a serger, I need to give this pattern a try. Thank you for the tip re: the neckline!ReplyDelete
Great top, and a clever idea! Well done you!ReplyDelete