Friday, February 28, 2014

Amber & Jaime's Top #64--It's A Merchant & Mills Marathon!

We just can't stop sewing the new Merchant & Mills patterns!

Jaime and I were so excited to make The Top #64 that we both whipped one up yesterday afternoon. We love the look of this fisherman style shirt in the canvas weight solid the sample is sewn in, but we decided to try out some crazy prints.

Once we got over our minds being blown by the construction--the split sleeves that are seamed down the length and the crazy pockets that are actually so easy--it came together pretty quickly.

I took the pattern's topstitching recommendation for my top, and I think it works great with the canvasweight cotton that I used, adding even more structure to this a-line top.

I found that the cutting layout is written without directional fabric in mind, so in order to cut my pieces right side up I had to skip the collar facing. I used a linen bias tape to finish my neckline, which was simple and quick and turned out quite nicely. I'd recommend adding a 1/2 yard to the suggested yardage, though, if you want to make this top from directional fabric.

I shortened my sleeve length  and hem length quite a bit, as I found the full length made me feel a bit like a clown with this colorful shoe print. I love how feminine and playful my Top #64 turned out!

Thanks to Steadbrook for our photo location!

Jaime used one of her favorite Nani Iro border print fabrics for her Top #64.

She created an awesome ombré effect by cutting her pieces on the cross-grain. The loose, easy fit works great in this brushed cotton.

The raglan sleeve construction was so easy to sew together, with no pesky easing or gathering. I love the way Jaime's full length sleeves look in this lighter weight, soft fabric.


Anonymous said...

Awesome tops! Love both prints. I've had this pattern forever and now I'm inspired to make it in bright beautiful spring colours. :0)

Lori ann said...

cute! i'm hopeful i can do this!

welliewalks said...

thank you so much for sharing! i've been looking forward to seeing some of these made up! yours are both so cute and perfect for the weeks to come!

Ina said...

... The shoe print fabric is gorgeous ... Do you carry it?

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