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Empty Closet = Sewing New Tops

Prompted by the fact that I have almost nothing "nice" to wear this season, I managed to get some sewing done this week. Since I can only stand for limited amounts of time because of my injury, tracing new patterns is not an option for me for a while. So I used 2 of my tried and true patterns, HotPatterns Weekender Sunshine Top, and HotPatterns Metropolitan GoodTimes Top.
The gray Weekender Sunshine Top, shown above, is made from a luscious wool/cashmere blend sweater knit. I made the neckband a little wider and lengthened the short sleeves to full length. I am thrilled with the way it turned out..it feels so luxurious! If you have this pattern, do try it with long sleeves for the fall/winter. If you don't have this pattern, it's really worth a try. It's so flattering..makes your waist look tiny and that's always a good thing!   I made this style several times last spring, and wrote a step-by-step tutorial about how to sew it. It can be found HERE.

Earlier in the week, I made 2 versions of the Metropolitan GoodTimes Top. The olive green version is made from a wool/cashmere blend sweater knit. The blue print version is made from cotton/lycra jersey, and features shirred sleeves.  I am so happy to have some nice new tops...now I just have to muster up enough energy to sew a few more tops, some slacks, and I'll be all set for this season...maybe :)  
Sewing Notes: The band and yokes on all the tops are interfaced with Pro-Sheer Elegance Fusible Interfacing. The Sweater Knit yardage has been in my 'stash' for a long time, it was from 
Baer Fabrics, now out of business. 
The Cotton/Lycra Jersey is from Fabric.com.

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Blogger Ann Made Studio said...

All three are beautiful but I do love that gray one :)

6:09 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

These are all great "Nice' tops!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

I love all three! You'll be totally stylish for Turkey day!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Amazing new tops, now you have some wonderful things to wear.

6:45 PM  
Blogger mermaids said...

love the grey one! i have not tried any of the hot patterns because i thought they would be too big for me. do you think the smallest size would fit me?

7:21 PM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

Yes the gray one is my favorite too :)

Teri...The smallest size is their size 6. You can download their size charts here-
it's very comprehensive, with center front length, front shoulder width, back shoulder width, neck circumference..and many other measurements not usually found on most patterns.
Just as quick example HotPatterns size 6 is drafted for a Bust circumference of 32", Under-bust of 26", *Natural* Waist of 24, Hip circumference of 34"

My sister is about 105lbs, 5'1" tall, and wears a size 2 in RTW. I make a size 6 for her in HotPatterns, but have to do a full bust adjustment.

7:33 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

Your tops are so elegant. Put those tops in an upscale retail store, and not many people could afford to purchase them. Simply beautiful.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Schaz said...

The shirts you did here (especially the gray) are so much more attractive than the ones shown in the HotPatterns videos. Now I want to try the pattern!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Your weekender sunshine top tutorial was a big help to me this summer. Now your long sleeve version is a big inspiration!

I hope you feel better soon.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Cisa said...

I'm going to have to pickup the Sunshine top. Super cute!

I'm so bitter about losing Baer. Louisville just isn't the same for fabric anymore :(

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there pattern drafing details necessary in lengthening a sleeve, or can one simply lengthen the side seams to the desired length?

Thank You

12:11 PM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

Hi Marie...I just lengthened the short sleeve by extending the seam lines to my desired length.

However, if you have a knit pattern sleeve you really like, just match the underarm points and blend the HotPattens sleeve lines to match the sleeve you like. If you are a very confident sewist, you can do this as you cut it out. Or you can trace a new pattern. The key is to maintain the shape of the entire HotPatterns sleeve's cap.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Vicki W said...

Very cute tops!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Joyce in NC said...

All three of the tops are very beautiful. Good workmanship, as always.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Bonnie O. said...

Great tops, Pam. I will be buying the Sunshine pattern for sure! I would not have given that top a second look but your version is adorable. I like the wider band and the long sleeves, too!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Carissa said...

Just gorgeous! I especially love the first one. I will certainly be buying st least one of these patterns!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Sewellen said...

Gosh, all three are GORGEOUS!!! I've got both these patterns, I need to get them out and get crankin'.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Awesome tops - these are perfect for the colder weather, esp. that Sunshine top with the longer sleeves.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Those are all three beautiful! I especially love the gray one because well gray is one of my favorite colors to wear. Happy Thanksgiving!

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Pam, I'm so glad that you're taking time to make beautiful things for yourself, since you do so much for your nieces. These are gorgeous - I especially love the gray one. I didn't really like this one when I saw the pattern on the hot patterns website but seeing it made up makes me think I may have to reconsider it.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Cennetta said...

Oh my, all of your tops are beautiul. I need to "stock up" too. ;-)

6:04 PM  
Blogger Kathi said...

I am in love with your long sleeve version of the Sunshine top. I had JUST placed an order for my first two HotPatterns patterns (boy is that awkward) when I saw your top. I REALLY wish I had gotten that one also!! If only they weren't so darn expensive!!! The fabric you used also looks gorgeous. I am totally jealous.

9:41 PM  

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