Today is the last day of the Itch To Stitch Holiday Blog Tour and finally my day to share the beautiful top I made. I was beyond excited when I opened my inbox and found the invitation to be apart of the tour. It was like Christmas came early!! And then came again when Style Maker Fabrics agreed to sponsor all of the fabric for the tour.
There is this door downtown that I have been dying to photograph for quite some type and every time I plan to make the 30 minute drive into town it is raining. Last weekend my husband and I had a date night planned so I could wear my new shirt and he could photograph it in front of said door but as luck would have it after 56 days in a drought we got 5″ in 24 hours and since I am a procraftinator you are getting a special look invitation into my house 🙂
I sewed up the newly released Arenal Top for this stylish yet comfortable look. I have been in love with this top since the tester call came out a few months ago but unfortunately I was out of town during the testing period and could not participate. The Arenal Top features a curved V neck and front yoke and two hem options; a handkerchief hem or a regular hem.
I used this beautiful sequin knit and paired it with a Charcoal Heather Grey jersey knit from Style Maker Fabrics. I have a serious love for all things sequin. I absolutely love how it can transformed any pattern into something fancy and this top is no exception. It turned out exactly how I had envisioned!! One thing to note when sewing with sequin is to go slow and be sure to have plenty of back up needles on hand. I was incredibly proud of myself for not breaking a single needle while sewing and attribute that to the quality of the fabric and my turtle speed.
The front yoke is a great scarp busting place to use an accent fabric, however since I really wanted the sequin to shine so I chose to use the same fabric as the back bodice and sleeves. I have just enough of the sequins leftover and was thinking about making another one using that as the front yoke, maybe with a solid jade jersey knit. What do you think!?!
The jersey knit has the perfect amount of drape for the handkerchief hemline. The only modifications I made was to add 2″ at the lengthen/shorten lines in the pattern for the front and back bodice and 1″ to the sleeves.
Style Makers is also offering only $5 shipping for orders and discounted international shipping!! I better stock up and so should you!
Leslie and Fleurine did such an amazing job organizing this tour and the line up they got together for this week’s tour is filled with some of the most talented ladies. Be sure to check out all of their makes.
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