Wednesday, March 18, 2015

PRP March - Reversible Knot Top

A quick look through Elena's closet reveals that she already has 8 everyday dresses, 3 fancy dresses, and 4 twirly skirts for this spring/summer. So even though I had two absolutely perfect, coordinating prints that I wanted to use to make Jess's Knot Dress, my OPD (obsessively practical disorder) wouldn't allow me to do that. Judging by Elena's appetite, we're heading for a growth spurt so I'll save those fabrics for a dress version later this summer. For now, we have a fully reversible knot top and some capri pants for this month's Project Run & Play challenge.


Both fabrics for the top are quilting cottons from Joann's. The floral one is a premium quilting cotton and has more weight to it. The geometric one is lightweight, and unfortunately, Elena doesn't like it much. Sad face. To make it fully reversible, I sewed the side seams of the outer and inner and then placed one inside the other. I sewed around the entire top edges first. After trimming and turning and topstitching that part, I worked on the ruffle and hem.


I cut a strip 2.5" high and double the width of the hem for the ruffle. I sewed it into a loop and pressed it in half lengthwise before I gathered it and basted it to the outer piece. Then I pulled the lining all the way up and over matching the side seams and pinning my way around. It makes a funky looking donut like thing. I left a 3" opening and sewed all the rest of the way around. After trimming the seam allowance and turning it, I closed the opening by topstitching once all the way around. But it doesn't make Elena love the other side any better. She would only flip it over for a few seconds so I didn't get many pictures of that.


As you can see, I made some edits to the design. Besides making a top instead of dress, I also skipped the back opening and knot. Elena is just so narrow I a) didn't think she'd need it and b) thought it would overwhelm her slim body. I like it simple like this, but the ruffle is still a nod to the skirt.


Pants have been a sewing struggle for me. I've tried some of the blogland favorites and haven't had much luck. Without naming names, they are always too big, even when I make ridiculously small sizes. I have found a great pattern here in the Titchy Threads Twisted Trousers. I made a 2T out of some stretch denim bottomweight from Joann's. There is a shorten/lengthen line mid-thigh so I took out 3 inches there to make capri's and still have the seams twist all the way to front and center. It makes a very cool affect when highlighted with piping.


 My error was in not adjusting the length of the rise for her typically 4T height. I will do that next time. So you can see her underpants popping out in the above picture. Instead of doing a knit casing with the elastic inside, I found matching elastic at Joann's and just used it straight. It is so soft and comfortable. Just look at all that cool piping. And below is one of the rare pictures of the reverse side of the top.





 Look at the flexibility in that ankle. Anyone else thinking I have a little dancer or gymnast here?


11 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I love your fabrics, and I love the ruffle idea as a nod to the skirt.

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    1. Thanks Sabrina. It was an idea that popped into my head at the last minute and I'm so glad it did.

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  2. What a cute outfit! The piping looks amazing. Your fabric choises are excellent but like your daughter my favorite is the one with birds and flowers too. I wish I had your OPD when it comes to sewing children clothes ;)

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    1. Thanks Krista. I love the floral with birds print too. I had hoped to take some pictures with her holding our little pet bird (a white English Budgie) but he is too afraid of her and kept flying away! So Pikachu was her replacement.

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  3. I like both sides of the top! Your idea to put the piping in the pants seam really made them special.
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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    1. Thanks Deborah. That pants pattern is awesome. It gave me a nice slim pair of pants. I made a muslin in a light denim, full-length, and no piping and they are great too. There are so many options with this pattern. I'm thinking I'll use it for shorts this summer too.

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  4. I think it turned out just precious. Love the reversible idea- the knots look really neat!!

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    1. Thanks Amy. I just need it to warm up outside now!

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  5. Cute top! I love the flower side too. I think reversibles always get one favorite side that get worn often. The pants look great with the piping too!

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  6. The ruffle is so cute, and it's great that it's reversible! I love that bird fabric too...

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  7. Awww - she is so cute! I love the ruffle at the bottom!

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