Here’s my first finished make from V1382 Anne Klein dress as a blouse…and March’s Miss Bossy Patterns winner! This pattern wasn’t my first choice but I’m really loving the results. I’ve already made three versions that I’ll be posting about soon!
For this version I cut my pattern in a straight size 12, down 1 size from my measurements which I usually do for Big 4 Pattern measurements since there tends to be so much ease built-in. Perfect fit! This was so easy to transform into a blouse- the style lines cut at this spot to add the bottom panels of the dress. For this version I decided to make it slightly wider on the side seams (I just serged with no seam allowance) and sewed the lower back bodice pieces together. I cut the floral chiffon for the upper top bodice (a remnant from Joann’s) and then sewed & pinked it to the white linen (also a remnant from my stash) to make it more durable. I didn’t want a zipper so opted for a simple button closure on the top. Since my seam allowances are a bit wider it’s still easy to get on and off.
This was a quick and relatively easy make. I love the bodice angled seam lines and this is a great staple for my wardrobe! The interior seams are all serged but I didn’t add a facing to this version since the upper bodice was sewn wrong sides together and then flipped and topstitched like I do when sewing clothes for the kids. I’m wearing this top with my favorite linen pants from Love Tree-I have them in White and a blush pink- that I bought at Forema (in Gulf Coast Town Center in Estero-love this little boutique!) about a year or so ago and my new wide brim navy hat from Columbia.
My husband took most of these photos while we were out at the Naples Botanical Gardens this weekend. So much more relaxing than me setting up my timer to get a decent shot and trying to find somewhere level to prop my camera! We went to see the Lego sculpture exhibit and the kids Lego building competition with the whole family- great way to spend a Saturday! I’ve been trying to keep the weekends for family time and sewing in the afternoons and evenings and staying off the computer and my kindle as much as possible.
Looking forward to sharing my other makes with this pattern soon!
Don’t you love it when you make a pattern that you aren’t too sure about, then it comes out fantastically? Love this top, so light and airy and I really like that contrasting yoke.
I do! So happy with how this turned out! Thanks!
Top looks great and the photos have come out really well.
Thanks so much Helen!
What a cute top! I love the combination of fabrics, and it looks so light and summery. I also love that you turned that dress into a top – a great way to get extra mileage out of your patterns. : )
Thanks Carolyn! I was really happy with how this turned out- it will definitely get a lot of wear! I really don’t wear dresses often so I was excited to try this as a top. Someday I’ll make the dress version too!
Awesome top! And it fits perfectly with your trousers and hat (which I would love over here in Singapore!)! I do have a weakness for linen – if only I could afford to make my entire wardrobe from it!
I know! I do love linen! Thanks so much!
Very cute, very crisp! I like it. Also, I do like the weather over there :-)
Sometimes it’s good to be bossed around!
Thanks Rebecca! The weather here is so perfect right now. Cool in the morning(60’s) and warm by the afternoon(80’s)- I love Florida! It is good to be bossed around! :)
This is quite lovely and looks very cool and comfortable!
Thanks Tanya! I love how easy this is to wear!
Cute! It inspires me to dust off my sewing machine.
Awesome! Thanks so much :)
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