Hot! The “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” Top

Simplicity 2599 Silk Top

Silk Top with fabric roses

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!

The inspiration

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 mustard…

And it even looks great paired with a little white dog named Sophia.

Gray silk top with a little white dog named Sophia

The Facts

Fabric:  Gray silk/rayon blend. Originally a pair of Talbot’s fully lined pants.
Pattern: Simplicity 2599
Year: 2009e
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”


Sharon Madsen

Sharon has been sewing for many years after teaching herself to sew at a young age. As a teen she began designing using techniques that were more “by the seat of her pants” than “by the book” resulting in some hysterical fashion moments. She loves dogs, shoes and teaching Zumba fitness—but not as much as sewing.


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  1. I love how versatile this top is, but I especially love your little accessory named Sophia!

  2. Ohhh pretty flowers! And great choice of color to play up those skirts!

  3. I love clutch purses (lovelovelovelovelove)! You’re is adorable… but lets talk about that shirt! And how VERSATILE it is… one moment it’s all librarian and then BAM! It’s all sexy take me out tonight! Kinda <3 that!

  4. Gorgeous top! Love the colour.

  5. Nice, very very nice refashion! When I re-make something, I allow myself to think of it as “free.”

    AH! I love everything about it, well done. :)

  6. Love it with the mustard (as that is one of my favorite colors) and that belt shows off your fantastic waist! Way to go!

    • Thanks! I love mustard too! But when I paired my mustard skirt with a cranberry jacket everyone at work teased me about wearing the state university’s school colors!

  7. Such an adaptable top – it styles beautifully with everything you have there, particularly Sophia.

  8. I love the color of that top… definitely versatile!

  9. Adorable detail on the blouse. Very nice, and the colour somehow takes away what could be overly-froufy…..

    • I think it worked out well that I only had enough fabric for three roses – because you’re right. This top could have easily become frou-frou

  10. I love the blouse! You’ve inspired me to pull that pattern out and use it!

  11. Very pretty! Love the colour on you. :-)