A little while back, the wonderful Melissa from Mahlica Designs invited me to participate in a Creative Sewing Challenge with Blue Dot Patterns. (Side note: I’ve been loving following along with her Core Wardrobe project… definitely something I’ve thought about doing but haven’t jumped in yet) :)
So then came my thought process… I initially chose the Margo blouse. I was thinking something with lace overlay for the holidays or I thought about stealing the plaid fabric I have in my fall sewing plans and going more casual. THEN… I came across a couple of images that inspired me to pick the Dover jacket!
Isn’t that top one gorgeous!? I can see adding some pockets, a tie, collar, and altering the sleeves to make something really similar. And the bottom… use a heavyweight knit and switch out the buttons for a zipper. Mmmm… yes, I really want both in my closet right now! Unfortunately I didn’t think I’d have time to get these ones done in time for the challenge (silly me, on a whim I signed up for a holiday craft fair even though I have nothing made… shhh… don’t tell! So I’ve been a little busy…).
Right around this same time, though – as I was drooling over jackets – I received my November Knit Fix (darn you Girl Charlee and your sales) :) And I knew immediately what I was going to make!
Here’s what I got in my Knit Fix:
Can you guess what I used?!
OH, YES… that baroque was born to be a Georgia Top!
I’ve told myself many times that I’m not a huge fan of dolman tops. But then I got one a while back from Stitch Fix and I became a convert. It’s so comfy and easy to wear! So after seeing this fabric I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I knew I wanted the sleeves to go over my elbows so I added a couple of inches there and brought it in slightly so the band would be a little tighter since it would be lower down on my arm. I also added a good 8 inches to the length and tapered it in so it would be tighter on my hips.
It’s a great alternative to the banded option. This way, you can wear it up higher so it looks like it has a band…
Or you can pull it down to a tunic length…
I finished the bottom with a 3/4″ hem using my double needle.
And of course added one of my tags… there’s a size tag underneath too so I remember what size I made for the next time! It’s a little off-center, but no one will ever know :)
Ugh I am completely in love with this top. I’m sad because the fabric is already starting to pill (I’ve worn it twice already) :) but it’s sure to get worn into the ground anyway and at least it’s not too noticeable (and no worse than tops that I buy at the store).
And yes, in case you were wondering… our back yard is a graveyard for old dog toys and stuffing… don’t mind them :)
And that’s a wrap! It’s not a huge alteration… but it was easy to do and it changed the look of the top to fit my style a little better :) I feel like I could make a whole bundle of these and wear them every day!
Disclaimer: As a gift for participating, I received all three patterns… but all opinions are my own. I hadn’t heard of Blue Dot Patterns before Melissa contacted me but I’m already a fan — all three are simple, well thought out designs that can really be altered to fit anyone’s style.
I’m super excited to see what the other ladies come up with!
Amy of thatssewamy
Ashley of sewnbyashley
Cindy of cindyparrett.com
Melissa of mahlicadesigns
Michelle of thatblackchic
Rachel of Bobbinsonmymind
Sara of musingsofaseamstress
Shanni from Shanniloves
Beginning December 1st, see all of the makes on Mahlica Designs and there will also be a giveaway to go along with the challenge that will run from 12/1 through 12/18! Find it on Mahlica Designs or Gator Bunny Sews (where you will find Diane, the one behind Blue Dot Patterns!).
Last but not least… here’s a little peek behind the scenes at my current “tripod” situation. Diane, this one’s for you! :)
Ironing board + cereal box + self timer = good to go!
Until next time,