Hey everybody! Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I really enjoyed mine! I took time to relax and also to plan out a couple projects/videos I want to do soon! Last week, on Instagram I shared some projects as I was sewing and finishing them! I'm so proud of my work last week, and I'm excited to create and share more this week! First up is this super easy summer top using New Look 6511.
I saw this pattern when it was released last year, but I really didn't love it! I figured with all the easy front/back bodice piece patterns I have already, I could easily add a gathered peplum to it! It wasn't until I saw Mimi G post her two modified versions of it that I fell in love with it! I tell you, having an eye to look past the pattern views and see a totally different look is so awesome!
I didn't make the modified version (this time) but I'm loving ruffle tops right now, so I decided to go with View B on this pattern. I cut the size 16 and made no modifications to it. For fabric, I found this cute yellow feather Michael Miller print at Hobby Lobby!
The pattern sews up real quick and the instructions are well written. I'd definitely recommend this pattern to a beginner thats ready to tackle gathers and bias tape.
For the bias tape, I used leftover scraps from the fabric to make it, and I cut strips of 1.5 inches. I like to sew my bias tape to the wrong side of my tops first and then fold it over to the right side, so I can see better and get a nice close topstitch. I also just saw Emily did this another way with eliminating the seam allowance around the neckline and just sandwiching the edge into the bias tape. I think I'll give that method a try on an upcoming project!!
To add a fun detail to the top, I added a cute little pocket to the front. It was super easy to do following the built in Patch Pocket tutorial on my Epic 980Q sewing machine. I'll have more on how I did it later this week.
We all need a quick sew project every now and then! They are fun and gives quick gratification! I'll have this top on rotation throughout the rest of summer.
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time...