Hot! The “I will so wear this top again” Top | Sarah Gabbart

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The Facts

Fabric: Liberty print fabric from the AWESOME Bolt Fabrics in Portland, OR (vacation buy this summer – wooo! ~$30 a yard; 2.5 yards) and a navy silk dupiani scrap
Pattern: The blouse pattern, BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook
Year: c. 2011
Notions: zipper from stash
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes – a thousand, million, billion times yes. 

Total Cost: ~$75 

You guys. Seriously you guys. OMG seriously you guys! Run to get this book immediately. Run. I had this on my Christmas list when Mena sent out the email – we were each getting a copy of the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook for this weeks challenge! EEEP – I have been wanting this book since they announced it! 

As someone who loves sewing and crafts, I have a very large sewing library. This is thanks to my wonderful family and friends, who have purchased me many a book for special occasions, and to, which makes it oh-so-easy to order with one click. While many books are wonderful, there have been a few that have left me feeling a bit disappointed with the projects, tips or something else. This is not one of those. This book is awesomesauce incarnate. 

"Yes Sarah well you got it for free, so that's why it's so great," NO person who says that! I will be buying another copy for someone for the holidays and would absolutely purchase another if Tex decides to eat this book for some reason (don't do it Tex). It is actually a great sewing book. 

Why? Because it's simple, complete and offers tons of ways to customize the projects. There are standard stuff like tips on fitting, setting up your space, sewing, etc. but also multiple variations of the projects with instructions and inspiring customizations from tons of sewists around the world. I love the heck out of this book and this project was one of my favorite I have ever done. 

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The blouse pattern was very straightforward: peplum bottom, 3/4 sleeves and a drawstring waist. Cool beans, I thought, I'll knock this out in like 2 hours. Nope. The only snag in this project occured right at the beginning: I didn't realize that the patterns don't include seam allowance and cut my tracings without them. So I had to retrace and redo the patterns, which takes a while. After that, it was smooth sailing.

I used a Liberty fabric found on a recent trip to Oregon (at this place, Bolt, which is so great I wanted to move to Portland. That and Portland is great in general) and the whole project took about 3 hours after I finally got on board with adding seam allowances. It was very easy to assemble and sew! 

For my version, I omitted the trim and replaced the 3/4 sleeves with the elbow length sleeves from the Colette Jasmine. The side has a zipper, which at first I was like – what? Zipper? Why? But after putting the whole thing together, I realize that it keeps everything looking amazing no matter how many times you wear it – no pulling and retying the bow!

I can't wait to make the jacket and skirt – this is the book that keeps on giving!


Sarah Gabbart


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  1. Sweet! Gorgeous fabric (and they are your pants from the other week, yes?) Fabulous separates.

  2. Gorgeous! Love the navy silk scrap you used as a contrast.

  3. That’s SO lovely, Sarah.

  4. You look great. I’m so glad all of you like the book. I looked at it at Barnes and Noble and could barely leave without it. I’m getting if to Christmas this year so I’m just going to have to wait.

  5. Oh, wow! So flattering!

  6. Thank you Jen! Those are the pants from last week, which I am falling in love with all over again – that Clover pattern is awesome!!

  7. Thank you so much Susan! You will see more of that in the next post – I used it as the main fabric and OMG – love that silk!

  8. Thank you so much Stephanie! I had the same experience – I kept seeing it online and then in person and was thisclose to purchasing it! I can’t wait to get another copy for an aspiring sewist I know – she’ll love it!

  9. Yay, Bolt is my favorite! I live pretty close to it so I constantly have to restrain myself. ;)
    I love your top – very nicely done.

  10. OMG – I am both jealous and sympathetic of your plight – I would be broke in a week if I lived near by! They have such great stuff and are super nice folks!
    Thank you so much – I love this top!

  11. I love that you love your top, it’s a great feeling when everything goes right and you know you’re on to a winner. The fabric must feel divine. Fantastic Sarah, I’m really looking forward to receiving this book now,Yay!

  12. This pattern looks like it was made for you! AND, I guess it is! Perfect fabric, and great pairing with your trousers! xoxo

  13. Beautiful choice of fabric! The blouse is so charming and goes really well with the navy waist tie and burnt orange pants:)