Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Butterick 6175 - Boxy floral top w/ scalloped hem

This fabric is a longtime stash resident. I think I got it from Gorgeous Fabrics years ago and only bought one yard for some reason. At 45" in width, it really wasn't big enough to do much with, so I decided on a boxy cropped top.


This was a really easy pattern to stitch up. I cut the size 10 and made no adjustments to the pattern for fit.


The directions for the scallops are not very helpful IMO. All they instruct you to do is trim the fabric close to the stitching and clip up to the V of each scallop completion. That will result in some choppy half circles. Instead you need to grade the seams and notch the curves aggressively. I did a tutorial on this years ago. Check it out if you're interested.


I sewed three buttons on the back instead of the called for one. I found these shell buttons in my loose button container. I like how their iridescent colors match the colors of the print.


Next time I use this pattern I will cut the neckline down in the front as it's a tiny bit too high for my choke phobia.

Dressform pictures:


All edges of this design are finished off with facings, which I had to cut in a white stretch cotton from my stash due to fabric shortage. I tacked the facings to the outer fabric with a running whip stitch. If using a thinner fabric then cotton sateen, I would suggest finishing off the armholes and neckline with bias bindings.


All fabric edges were finished with the overlocking stitch on my regular sewing machine.


I just ordered some high-waisted white shorts from Gap to wear with this top. If I don't like the way those look I'll probably make Butterick 6178 (view D) to complete the outfit.


46 comments:

  1. Very cute. I love that print!

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    1. Thank you Jenny! I wish I'd bought more to make a dress or something. Oh well, at least it's finally out of my stash.

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  2. That print is GORGEOUS! Love the colors and those scallops came out perfect. Beautiful top.

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  3. Such a cute outfit. You look fabulous and the top is gorgeous.

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  4. Love the scallops! You've got them perfect!

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  5. Great little top. Lately I've been thinking about doing a cropped shirt with a buttoned back - this might be a good pattern for it. Love the scallops. It's almost summer, time for some fun!

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    1. I love those button back tops where the buttons run all the way to the hemline. If I had a good pattern I'd make one up too. Thanks Coco!

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  6. Lovely hot weather top. The scallops add interest and fabric - just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Gail! I do love the colors, especially that dark periwinkle hue.

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  7. I like the whole outfit! The top is very pretty, and the insides are done beautifully. I love coming to your blog--you are always a breath of fresh air for sewing inspiration!

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  8. MLGA 730
    Beautiful top -- great job!

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  9. So cute! I actually recently made this top, too. http://seecarmensew.com/2016/04/10/crop-top-fever/

    I wish I had seen your tutorial beforehand on grading and notching the scallops. I see what you mean about getting awkward scallops, otherwise. Yours look great. I liked this pattern so much that I'm working on it again to go with a matching pair of high waist shorts. I'll try out your tutorial this time to see if I get nicer scallops.

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    1. Thank yo Carmen! I'm plotting my next go with this design as well.

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  10. The whole ensemble is wonderful. The sandals and shorts look great with the top. That top pattern is too cute, as are your fabric and button choices.

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  11. Cute!Perfect use of a small yardage.

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  12. Great use of such a small piece of fabric. This top is adorable and looks lovely with your white shorts.

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  13. The colours look fabulous on you Amanda! Your figure doesn't show you've had 4 kids. Lovely attention to detail as usual!

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    1. Thanks Rosalind! I am a huge fan of that dark periwinkle color.

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  14. Amanda, your crop top is adorable!
    Where you tacked the facing down with a running whip stitch, it doesn't show at all on the outside! Amazing!
    Enjoy your summery outfit!
    Kay

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    1. It's because the fabric is a bit thick that the whip stitch doesn't show. Also I used only a single thread instead of a doubled thread as that makes stitches even more invisible. Thanks Kay!

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  15. Gorgeous fabric and to did make a very cute top that will look equally good with a pencil skirt I think.

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    1. Thanks Allison! It would have to be a high waisted skirt pencil shirt. Hmm..

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  16. Gorgeous top - the colors really pop over the white shorts! Your scallops are perfect!

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  17. What a fun top! That style and fabric combo are perfect.

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  18. Wow! Beautiful scallop top...loved it

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  19. That top would look dressy with black palazzo pants and a Chanel style jacket.

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