Ruffled Sleeve Off-the-Should Cotton Poplin Top!

12:30 AM

Okay... So everyone wanted to know about my top I was wearing in the glasses post on yesterday. Well, here it is!
I was inspired by the Ellery Delores Top:
In order to create a top based on my inspiration, I used a combination of McCall's 7542 and 7543.
I started with the back and front pieces of 7543. I cut the size small and graded out to a medium at the waist.
I added an inch of length to both pieces. I altered the front with a FBA and added a horizontal dart. I started to add a vertical one as well, but I left it as is.
I added seam allowances to the back and front centers. Instead of cutting them on the fold, I wanted them to have seams there, like my inspo top.
For my sleeves, I used pattern piece #4 from 7543 and #9 from 7542. I needed to alter the sleeve from 7542 so that it would be off the shoulder.
Here's what the pattern piece looked like.
All of the pieces went together perfectly. 
And I love that the ruffle is a complete circle with no seam line to distort the beautiful drape.
I finished them with rolled hems.
Unlike my inspo top, I stuck to the pattern detail and used elastic in the neckline. The inspo top has a neckline facing and a center back zipper.
I love how these modifications turned out. This fabulous Mercerized Cotton Poplin from Mood was perfect. I plan to use this design a few more times!

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  1. Your top definitely looks like your inspiration top. Great job with those modifications! I also think it was very smart of you to keep the elastic at the neckline edge. It probably helps to keep it flat against your body.

    1. Thanks so much Tomasa! I think for the same of comfort, the elastic was definitely a great idea.

  2. This is such an ontrend top, Erica, and beautifully made. I love how you've shown the adjustments made to your pattern. This is very helpful information. Karen

  3. That is super cute. I've been waiting on this post since you posted about your glasses

  4. Gorgeous top! Love how you used the two patterns to get your vision from the inspiration top.

  5. Thank you Erica...Super Cute:)

  6. Nice mash-up! great reminder to think outside the box to get what you want!

    1. You have to, to get what you want! Thanks Tasha!

  7. Beautiful Erica....I can't wait to get to this level with my garments.

  8. OUTSTANDING design Erica!!! I love everything about this blouse! (and you wearing it too!)


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