Winter top sewn in the summer!!!!
I really do know it is the start of summer, so why am I sewing a winter top, you ask? Well, it is because I always have more to do than time, and I am a teeny bit behind on some projects I wanted to accomplish. I found the Lola top while I was perusing the www.Lladybird.com website. I fell in love with this top as I really like casual clothes with design lines to flatter the figure. I am 5'2". Any way, I received the Lola Victory pattern and couldn't wait to test it out.
I made a mockup (or prototype) of the new pattern to see how it fits. The only pattern alteration I made to start out was shortening the bottom portion of the pattern. I omitted the pockets also. I usually test out a pattern by making alterations in length to see how the rest of the pattern fits me. The first Lola top I made I found the neckline really wide, and I needed to make an adjustment to the neckline. Here is a picture of the neckline after alteration.
So the second Lola top I sewed, I used a fabric from Hancock fabrics. It was sort of a pontine fabric. The hand was nice, and it draped well. I took the neckline in. Now the neckline felt right, not too wide, and is comfortable for me. This is the only pattern alteration I made to the pattern besides taking off the band around the bottom. After wearing the top a bunch of times in my sewing classes, the top around the abdomen rubbed up against the cutting table and left pills across the front of the top. Major bummer.
I really liked the color combination of grey and cream which Lladybird used, and so my third top is the gray and cream. I did leave off the pockets this time just for a different look. The fabric came from I believe Nature's Fabric. Since I bought the fabric over a year ago, I can't remember where I bought it, but I know Natures's Fabric has wonderful fabrics, so I think it was from their online store. The neckline and wrist binding were purchased from Hancock Fabrics. I will wear this top a lot starting in the fall. My husband even likes it!
After taking pictures of the top, I noticed the back is way too long for me. See how there is excess fabric. Oh man, I didn't notice that. It is amazing what a picture will show. So the next top I make I will be making an alteration to the back bodice by shortening it by the excess amount.
The Lola top is incredibly easy to sew. I used my serger for the seams and I used a stretch twin needle for the hems and top stitching. It is entirely possible to sew the entire top on a sewing machine.
I want to make this top again and again. Now that I have some of the pattern alterations figured out, I can't wait to make this pattern again. Next time I will shorten the bodice back and maybe put the band on the bottom and add the pockets. I am hunting for fabric as we speak and can't wait to get this top to fit me perfectly!
Take care and sew long,