Ruffle Swing Top

Ruffle Swing Top

I spoke of a need to sew coats in my last post so naturally I made a sleeveless top. Oh well, it feels sooo good to sew projects that aren’t completely practical.

I’ve been planning to make this top ever since I stumbled upon an image from the Lula spring/summer 2013 collection (1). While the idea languished in my sewing queue similar silhouettes started popping up including the Saiph Tunic from Papercut Patterns (3) and Ping’s killer Sun Drop dress (4).

Ruffle Top Inspiration

1) Laula, Spring/Summer 2013 2) Kalmanovich, Spring 2014 3) Saiph Tunic Pattern, Papercut Patterns, Constellation Collection 4) Sun Drop Dress, Peneloping

I contemplated modifying an existing pattern as Ping had, but it is such a simple shape I went ahead and drafted the pattern myself. Three pattern pieces and no closures, it doesn’t get better than that. I would have been done with this top in less than two hours if I hadn’t fiddled around with different methods for finishing the neckline and armscyes. Comically, the finishing I finally decided on was serging the raw edges and turning them under once. Easiest top in the world.

The fabric is Italian shirting from Mood. I had an Archer button up in mind when I ordered it, but the fabric is surprisingly thick. Not at all the light crisp shirting I was expecting. However, the extra body worked perfectly for this top.

Ruffle Top

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I did hesitate a moment while examining my top for the first time in the mirror. It is so loose and ruffley I worried that no one would understand my little darling. And then it occurred to me, I SEW WHAT I WANT! So while this top won’t be for everyone, I’m smitten. The top was completed Tuesday morning and I’ve already worn it twice. Today is Wednesday. I currently love wearing it with a blazer because the ruffle explodes from the bottom of the coat. This ruffle will not be contained! I’m also looking forward to wearing it with a little pair of shorts in the summer.

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Supplies: 1.25 yards Italian Cotton Shirting, black thread, pattern self drafted

Styling: Troopa boots Steve Madden, Jeans J.Crew midrise toothpick, Lip Cherrybud Aveda