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Day Tripper Top And Another Placket Top

I finished two new tops for me a little bit ago. It’s taken me some time to get pictures taken of them because Winter has come to our little part of Idaho and ruined all of my picture-taking fun. It’s too dark and cold to get any outside.

But tonight we tried to get some indoor shots that were decent. It’s the best we could do and I’m afraid that’s how all of my pictures of my stuff will be until Spring comes and it’s not so dark and dreary.

Anyway, the first top I made is the Day Tripper Top by Shwin Designs. It’s a loose fitting shirt with Dolman sleeves. And by the way, I didn’t even know what Dolman sleeves were until I bought this pattern.


I found this pattern one night when I was reading a sewing blog and I fell in love with it. The very next day, I bought the pattern and got to work on it.

I used some Kaufman knit from fabric.com for this shirt. And I got the buttons for the shoulder tabs at Walmart. Jon is not a fan of the shoulder tabs. Actually, I don’t think he’s a fan of the shirt in general. He told me it looks a little bit flamboyant.

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But I like it. At first, I didn’t. I cut a size xs based on my bust measurement. And I knew the pattern was for a loose fitting top, but when I was finished with it I felt like it was too baggy and it just hung on me. It only took one wash to tighten things back into place though and I think it looks a lot better.

The pattern has an option for front pockets and so I added them.


They are pretty fun, but I don’t think I’ll add ’em next time. They are a little bulky.

The only things I changed about the pattern were that I didn’t do the neck binding the way the pattern said to. I did it the way I always do my knit collars.

Also, the pattern has a high-low hem and I am not a fan of high-low hems so I evened the hem out.

I really like this pattern and I will be making more tops with it.


After I finished this top, I made another one of my placket tops from the pattern Jon and I drafted together.


I used the fabric I had left over from my last t-shirt dress. The fabric is pretty poor quality and my t-shirt dress has only been washed a few times and it’s already pilling really bad, but I love the print so I decided to use it anyway.


The placket on this shirt is definitely not my finest. I decided not to interface it at all because I don’t like interfacing and if I can avoid it I do. But I should not have avoided it this time. The fabric is too thin and the placket warped a bit while I was attaching it. Also, my buttons are a little too chunky for my skinny little placket.


But it’s all ok. I like it anyway.

I dropped the armpit down 1/4″ in my pattern before making this top. And I widened the sleeve too. I’ve had to do that in all of my shirts lately because my bicep muscles are a-growin’.

Nice sleeve.

Nice sleeve.


I have really been in a mood for making myself new tops, but I’m out of girl knit now so I’ll have to wait to make more. Today I started a new pair of jeans and I’m pumped about that.

My Sweet Little Polo

Last August, I wrote about a sweet little polo top I made that was based off of a shirt I love from Downeast. I meant to make another one right away because there were a few things I did wrong that I wanted to see if I could get right.

Well, 7 months later I finally made another one.


I wised up this time and used my sewing machine (with a triple stretch stitch) instead of my serger to join the yokes to the front and back, and to attach the sleeves. Those places have gathers and the serger cuts the gathers off.


Front gathers


Back gathers



After I sewed those parts and the gathers were safe and sound, I finished the seam allowances with my serger.

I’m still trying to find the best way to do my placket. I interfaced half of the placket this time, but I think next time I’m going to go no interfacing and see how I like that.



I used some Ibiza stretch jersey knit from fabric.com for this top. It is wonderful fabric that is so soft and has a great drape.

I am working on making a pattern for this top, and hopefully it will be done in the next several weeks.


Plackets, Plackets

I finished another polo, for Seth this time.

With all my polo sewing, I decided I needed a polo shirt too. I have a shirt from DownEast that I love that’s getting pretty old and ratty. It’s not exactly a polo, but it does have a placket. 
I am wearing the DownEast shirt in this family photo from a couple of years ago:
Jon helped me change my scoop tee pattern around a bit to make it into a pattern for the DownEast shirt. We added a front yoke and a back yoke to the pattern and moved the neckline up. Then we added a placket and a collar.
We made the placket shorter than the DownEast shirt because I hate wearing layers so I wanted it to look okay without an undershirt. 
Then I made a practice shirt to test the pattern. The practice shirt has a ton of mistakes in it. The placket kicked my trash. Seriously. And I have a problem sometimes with my gathers. I get them all arranged so nicely, and then when I serge the shirt together over the gathers, the gathers break and disappear. It happened on my shirt so there’s only gathers on one side of it.
But I am so happy I finished it. And I even like it, especially for a first attempt. Here it is:

I’m going to make another one after I finish some school clothes For Seth, and I’m going to put lace on it like the DownEast one. I tried lace on this one, but I didn’t think the lace went very well with the polka dots.