Tuesday, July 28

Jewelry Making:: Cute Tops:: and a Pattern Review- Simplicity 1424

What do lobster claws, split rings and jump rings have to do with sewing.  When jewelry making and sewing meet head to head, a person like me is open to whatever comes out of the meeting.  I don't mind learning new things and getting really great ideas to make my handmades look extra special with that little detail that causes it to stand apart in my closet.  Besides, I enjoy DIY in every form, when the mood strikes.  I'm feeling mighty accomplished because I took the time to learn a little something about jewelry making and how to apply it to garment making.  I know full well I'm not the first to add a little extra, but this is really kinda cool.  A little tedious, but all the same--cool.

TaaDaaa!!  ahem...I'm happy.  Jewelry supplies and findings may become another storage bin in my sewing cave for an additional creative outlet, when the mood arises.  Until then, jeweled additions to my sewing arsenal may become a regular occurrence.  The top was simple enough to finish in three - four hours because of the fine sewing needed to finish all the hemming and straps.  

Adding the jewelry took it to the next level, and I am glad I made the effort.  This was a learning curve.  First, I didn't know that every little piece of the necklace was a different purchase.  What are jump rings, lobster claws, cable chains, and split rings used for.  I ended up going back and forth to the Joanns Fabric and crafts three to four times.  No one at the store knew what to tell me, so of course, I had to go to the trusty YouTube university to learn a little jewelry making 101.  My hats off to the wonderful folks who take the time to serve up a little advice and direction for trying new things.  I consider all YouTube videos an introduction to skills before I go to a college course and layout my money, only to discover it isn't something I like to do.  I'll dabble in YouTube videos all day.

Pattern Review:  Simplicity 1424 with several views.   Let us say...straight off the bat, I love love love this top!!!  So much so, that I need to hurry and make another version before I ruin this one with snags and makeup stains.  It is not silk, too bad.  I was desperate to find this color to go with my palazzo pants, but couldn't decide on any other top than this one.  The fabric just cried out to be this blouse.  Lots of back interest, both mine and the blouse.  Great for daytime summer fun, or a great date with the mate.
The front has an overlay for you to add extra layers for modesty of the girls and to coverup and camouflage the "unmentionables."  But I dare mention the "un-mentionables!!!  Adhesive Bras, bust lifts and the like are the thing for swanky tops, dresses and blouses, these days.  I love them, OMG, did I say I love them.  Yes, I did!!!  Anyhoo, moving on to the topic at hand.  No more avoiding certain styles because you don't have options for coverage.  Check out what is out there.

The back has the cowl neck finish which could use a weight added to the center to help hold it down, if you use a light flowing fabric.  It falls really low!!!  My pants are high-waisted, it doesn't get to the top of the pants because I pulled up the strap.  But, keep that in mind when you decide to make this.
The hem length is really long in the back and has adjustable strap rings that connect the cross strap as well as the shoulder straps together in one.  This helped, at least for me to pull up the under arm as well as the front to the height you want, and you can change it later for more room.  

Alterations:  My changes to the pattern were very minimum with this top.  I used the size 14 with a 3/4" FBA using the pivot and slide method.  (I suggest if you want to know something about the pivot and slide method, to start with Nancy Zeiman...she is the originator of the technique, anyone else, may very well be watering it down.  I figure, learn from the best to understand the rest.) I usually use this technique when I need to make a very small change without lengthening the front.

Instructions:  Pretty straight forward.  The confusing part was threading the straps and sewing them down around the rings.  On the front I chose to leave off the strap across the chest. (it looked dorky).
Simplicity 1424
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13 comments :

  1. I'll definitely be emailing you about what undergarment you used. I used to by some stuff but it just seems like my chest is too heavy and still look unsupported.
    I was hoping that you were going to say you sewed in a shelf bra so I could finally see someone do it lol

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    1. Oh, so sorry Tasha...I thought about a shelf bra, but just not for this one. I think it would be easy to do.

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    2. I definitely need to get with you on what undergarment you used. I want to be set free as well. lol!

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  2. Awesome top and looks great with the shorts & hat.

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I need more hats.

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  3. That to top is lovely. I have never ever gone braless. But you give me hope that its possible and still look classy.

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    1. Thanks Natisha C. I really feel as though I have been set free.

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  4. Very nice Andrea! I love the detail you added in the back, it's beautiful! You must feel really good in this great outfit! Did you make the shorts as well? Those are a perfect fit too!

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    1. Myra, no I didn't make the shorts. But they are the best fitting I have ever found...by "Max-Jeans" I found at Marshalls. Here is a link to Nordstrom Rack: https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/1253372/max-jeans-roll-cuff-short?color=WHITE#

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    2. Thanks Andrea! I really appreciate you letting me know! They do fit you perfectly!

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  5. Andrea, this is darling! It looks like something you'd buy in a high-end boutique! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Wow! Sue... Thank you so much. I always want to look boutique'y.

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  6. Hi Andrea! Fantastic top! I love it on you! I have a question about the FBA you did using Nancy's pivot and slide technique? I have the book and I know that you must put a pin in the shoulder portion, where do you put the pin if the the top has spaghetti straps like this one? Do you just put it along the sewing line where you would attach the strap? Thanks for you help and for this post!

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