The “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” Top
When this week’s challenge was first announced my immediate thought was to sew something inspired by one of my favorite pair of shoes. After all I have dozens and dozens to choose from. (Shhhh, don’t tell my hubby…he doesn’t know I have some stashed in the extra closet, and under the bed…)
Imagine my surprise when when a little clutch bag hiding in a corner of my closet suddenly burst onto the scene practically screaming “Me! Me! Me! Pick me – puh-lease!”
What could I do? It was clear this little beauty was not to be ignored. So she became this week’s inspiration.
Her fabric roses and silver gray color brought to mind an old pair of silk pants I had purchased five years ago but never worn. What looked like a bargain then was clearly a waste of $10 – until two days ago when I began sewing the top.
The top, which should have been a breeze to sew, presented a few challenges due to my choice of fabric. I needed to add a center front seam, used the pants lining for the facings, and only had enough fabric for three roses along the neck edge, instead of seven has designed by Simplicity.
I can see how this little top will become a wardrobe stable as it can be worn with a lot of colors.
I finally have something to pair with my orange skirt!
It can be worn with black, of course…
And it even looks great paired with a little white dog named Sophia.
Fabric: Gray silk/rayon blend. Originally a pair of Talbot’s fully lined pants.
Pattern: Simplicity 2599
Notions: Thread, one 3/8″ button, Unique Stitch fabric glue (used to make the roses and attach them to the top)
Time to complete: 3-1/2 hours including cutting apart the pants
First worn: For these photos
Wear again: Yes, this will become a basic in my work wardrobe.
Total price: $11.99 Pattern = $1.99, Silk Pants = $10, button, thread and fabric glue all in the “stash”