Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pleated Neckline Top

dressin up week

This top took some work.

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Well, actually, it was really pretty simple to make. Making it look good on, that’s what took the work.

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In fact, it took so much work to make it look decent on (notice the ribbon belt as a last ditch effort to give it some shape), I’m not going to share a tutorial with you. I will tell you what I did, and if you find a way to improve on it, go for it!

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I cut two wide sections of fabric and left them folded the way it was on the bolt (this way I didn’t have to finish the neckline). Then I just pleated the entire width of the sections with 1 inch pleats. I sewed up the side seams and sewed the tops together to make 1.5” wide shoulder straps, thus making a boat neck style. I love this part of the top. I finished off the arm holes and then discovered how shapeless, billowy and non-attractive the top ended up (once you got below the neckline). I tried taking it in on the sides and the front and back were still just as ugly. So I did a somewhat bubble style hemline with and added elastic so it would bunch. Folding the elastic under made it wearable around the hips. So I had a great top at the neck and a great top at the hips. Everything else in between was just ugly. So a thick band of grosgrain ribbon around the ribs added just the right definition in shape.

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Since I want what I’m making to be wearable into the fall, I tried it out with a jacket, skinny jeans and some paten-gray-peep0toe-sling-back heels (which I LOVE but have yet to wear beyond pictures for this blog). All in all, it’s a shirt I’m sure I’ll wear often, and in reality, it only took an hour to make. Now if one of you finds a way to actually make it attractive on its own, I’d love to see it!

Parties I might link up with:


  1. I love the colour and your detail that you've put into the neckline. I'd love to see it with a pencil skirt. The world is becoming over-used here, but I will add I love your last outfit too!

  2. LOVE this, esp paired with the jacket. What a lovely color!

  3. I absolutely love this top! I can't imagine it not looking good without the belt. Are you sure? ;) Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I like the ease of construction! will try it out! as i have to make a month of sewing tops to catch up for "Sew Skirt September - Month long celebration of Skirts " @ Adithis Amma Sews

  5. You are so cute it's ridiculous. I love love love this top. The color and the cute! I would love it if you would stop by to check out my fashion linky party! We would love to have you link up to diy diva thursdays :)


  6. A picture is worth a thousand words! Guuurl you make it look effortles! I adore this blouse!


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