Friday, January 2, 2015

Poppy Zip Front Top for Sofie's 21st.

My baby turned 21 back in September and I din't make a dress for her.  I would have truly but she decided she didn't need the stress and bought herself an outfit.  Me, I needed the stress obviously as I tried my first Stylearc and planned to refashion a leather skirt to go with it. The top Poppy was a  hit but the skirt is still in disgrace.

I bought the fabric in Shenzhen in China.  A floral and a matching navy solid in silk.  As it turned out it wasn't silk (am I surprised?) but pretty non the less.  I used some of the baby soft leather from my disgraced skirt as accents.  Luckily I had an old skirt in the wardrobe that matched the teal in the top pretty closely which saved me some late minute sewing for a bottom.


This was my first Stylearc pattern and I had a bit of trouble following the instructions.  Very sparse and not clear at all with the pleats.  In fact parts of the instructions were wrong and a non matching notch added to the confusion.  Its a cute top though so perhaps I will forgive them.  I purchased the top based on my bust measurement but ended up taking in the  princess seams from bust  point to the shoulder about 8cms.  I did do a muslin first without any alterations and found that I didn't have to do my usual short waist adjustment nor the forward shoulder one.  The neckline also is not quite so high or fitted as shown on the illustration.
Overall I am pretty happy with the top.  It could have been sewed a bit better but as usual I was in a hurry!  New Year resolution - don't wait till the last moment to actually get started!
The birthday girl with her non mother made outfit.  And a selfie of the three of us -



16 comments:

a little sewing said...

you and your daughters are all so beautiful! I am glad to see you are posting again.

Ann (SewBabyNews) said...

Wow, that top looks great! I love the leather accents. Nice to see such a beautiful Mom and her lovely daughters. Have a wonderful 2015!

Sigrid said...

Happy new year Vicky,! Glad to see you posting again too.
Lovely photos of you and your daughthers. I like the top with the accent part on the shoulder.

madeco said...

Lovely top ! I'm a french blogger and sewer and I wish you a happy new year !

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, I really like your new top and using the leather accents looks great. Beautiful photo of you and your daughters.

Sharon said...

Sorry I didn't see the verification choices.

Lori said...

You and your daughters are gorgeous. Happy to see you again!!

Nancy Winningham said...

Beautiful pictures and great outfit! I'm so glad to have found your blog again. I haven't been reading blogs for a while, but would like to get back at it! You are looking great, BTW

Sue said...

Lovely looking family - the top looks great on you!

Gail said...

Absolutely love your top. Your daughter is gorgeous!

Audrey said...

Great looking top. I really need to sew up some of my Style Arc patterns. They always look so nice on others. Kids grow up so fast, don't they. Both your daughters are beautiful young women.

Therese said...

Lovely top and lovely pics! Well done!

Cennetta said...

Happy Birthday to your baby girl! Your top is super cute. And I love the selfie. Hmmm.., triplets? Beautiful.

Diana said...

Hi Vicki. I missed these last two posts. Love this top and your daughters are lovely . they look like their mum!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I am late to comment on this post. I love your top and you look awesome. Your daughters are beautiful.

Eli cat said...

Very lovely. It looks great on you. Well done!