This is the second of the three new See Kate Sew patterns that I was lucky enough to test. It is also, coincidentally, my second favorite (right behind my Emmaline Top).
The fabrics for this project were purchased specifically for this top. The main fabric is made by Cloud 9 Fabrics. I believe it is a line carried only at JoAnn Stores. The yoke print is another one of their designer prints although I am unsure of who to give credit to.
I did sew the yoke on slightly different than instructed. The pattern actually calls for a ruffle around the yoke but as previously discussed on this blog I try to avoid anything that adds bulk to my chest. Enter the gold scalloped trim. It was something I picked up quite awhile back at the Target $1 Spot. At the time I thought it would be good for embellished pouches but when I opened the PDF from Kate I immediately knew that I would be picking my fabrics based on that trim. But I digress...due to the trim that I picked I felt I needed to applique it onto the edge of the neckline as opposed to actually sewing it together with wrong sides together. I used a trick I learned from Sara while testing her bag patterns: I sewed a line of stitches right where the seam should be and used it as a guide to iron the "hem" under. Next I attached the trim. The trim didn't have a vary wide base for the seam allowance so I just carefully lined up the yoke and the trim and topstitched them together. I then matched up the trim lined "hem" up with the edge of the neckline and appliqued it on using another topstitch. (Hopefully that made some sort of sense). Not the conventional way to do it, but it worked and I love the results!!
This top has lots of great details that make it feminine and fun: little cap sleeves, keyhole back, yoke, trim...the works :)
As an added bonus I didn't even have to do an FBA! I started to, got frustrated, and gave up. Turns out I was just fine without it though.
There's still time to take advantage of the coupon codes so head on over and get yourself a few new patterns ;)