Eating my words / a new crop top

Hey, everybody! I ended up finishing my skirt and enjoyed THE CRAP out of myself at the wedding, which was held at a ranch in Mendocino County. In addition to attending the wedding, we stayed on the ranch for four days, doing everything from swimming, dancing, hefting around benches for the ceremony, running around the nearby small town, connecting with old friends and making some new ones. The wedding itself was a no-photography sort of affair, so I’ll try and get share pics of the finished skirt soon.

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But let’s back up a bit, shall we, and take a look at a slightly older project?

A couple of weeks ago, I was completely and utterly fooled by a Burdastyle pattern. I take a foolish amount of pride in being adept at avoiding patterns that are only a couple of alterations away from my bodice sloper or patterns I already own. Not this time! A not-very-critical look reveals that this pattern is simply a dartless block with a yoke and horizontal seam lines.

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Well, I do consistently lose my restraint when there’s a yoke in play. And after I finished softly berating myself and turned my attention to basting my garment for fitting, I noticed that the yoke had truly beautiful proportions. $5.99 for a gorgeous yoke shape doesn’t seem so terrible!

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I did choose to baste-fit instead of making a muslin. I’ll do this when I’m pretty sure a pattern won’t have more than minor fit tweaks like adjusting the shoulder seam or taking in the sides. I’ve found that Burdastyle patterns are pretty good on my top half. Before baste-fitting, I added my usual 1/2″ square shoulder adjustment to the back only, and graded to one size smaller through the bust while keeping the shoulders and waist a larger size. I left 1″ of shoulder seam allowance in addition to my square shoulder adjustment, but I didn’t need it.

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After fitting, I took additional ease from the bust – maybe 1.5″ total – grading to nothing at the hem and scooped the armholes.

I also skipped the shoulder wings and bound the armholes with bias binding I made. I love how they look on others, but they simply extend my already square and broad shoulders.

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I used flat piping around the yoke only, skipping it on the tank pieces. The seam lines on the silver fabric stand on their own, you know?

This was mostly a stash project. I bought two yards of silver coated linen from Mood a few years ago for this dress and received something like four yards. Pretty sure it has some sneaky polyester in it. The yoke is the dull side of the fabric. I did buy some accent fabric for the flat piping.

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I’ve worn this over top of light sweaters and my denim shift dress, and as a tank top over jeans or this (unblogged) black Gabriola below. I love it! I was a bit pissy when my husband likened it to a Star Trek alien costume, mid-construction – I think I was feeling insecure about all the shine and seam lines could look like an insect thorax. He got to roll his eyes when I showed him the final piece and proudly proclaimed that I did in fact feel like I was a TNG character, but in a good way.

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In spite of slapping my forehead when I realized how simple this pattern was, I really like it and will probably use it again. And look what Sax Silverain did with print-mixing on hers!

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65 thoughts on “Eating my words / a new crop top

    1. That reminds me – I’m pretty sure the first time I saw this pattern was on your Pinterest board!! We’re in some sort of inspiration feedback loop yet again 🙂

  1. oh, you did such a great job! i’m a bit embarrassed to see mine after seeing yours. 😀 glad you love it as much as i do, without the sleeves it certainly is more versatile.

    1. Are you kidding? Yours is perfect. Initially I was hoping to do something more like yours but couldn’t figure out the right balance of print mixes. And if I had smaller shoulders, you’d better believe I’d be throwing on those sleeves.

  2. Good move leaving the (quilted?) wings off! Yes it’s simple but well worth the purchase as that yoke is so beautiful but also perfect in its proportions. Really lovely. Would be great to extend into a dress….

    1. They are indeed quilted for extra structure! And I’m definitely considering a dress version. I just bought some amazing thick navy linen/viscose that would be right for the job…

  3. What a beautiful top! You know sometimes it is just easier to buy the pattern. Imagine the time involved in drafting that yoke and the seam lines. Sometimes an easy, fast make is just what we need, especially after the mamoth makes you’ve finished this year 🙂

    1. Yes, agreed. The pattern was much simpler than it looked at first but the yoke was definitely worth the price. Now that you mention it, I do think I’m still fatigued from those huge projects!

  4. Very cool! I like yours so much better than the sample. A crop is a surprisingly versatile piece in a wardrobe. I always like your makes. Nice job!

  5. This is absolutely lovely! I have seen this top in the magazine, but the wings threw me – you’ve made me see it in a different light. Luckily I get my Burdastyles from the library so I think I’m going to have to check this issue out again!

  6. Morgan, I adore this on you! You don’t at all look Star Trek-y. The piping is perfect and the metallic fabric… swoon. It’s really rather fantastic and I feel I need my own right about now xx

  7. Beautiful! I love where you’ve taken it. You’ve totally ‘Morgan’d’ it and the result is not quite so cray as the original. That said, I do love the original too and intend to make it with the wings for extra aerodynamics…if I can get through the instructions eek!

    1. I do like the full-on crazy too and can’t wait to see you version. I say ignore the instructions! They’re as byzantine as you’d expect from Burda. All you really need to figure out is how you want to finish the neck and armholes.

  8. This looks great! I really like the fabric and that you’ve used both sides of it. You are so good at seeing past terrible pattern/magazine photos!

  9. I absolutely love this top! I would never have envisioned your finished top from the pattern photo and line drawing, so clearly some sort of creative genius was at play here. 🙂 The fit is great – not overly boxy – and I think the shiny space alien fabric is an unusual but awesome choice. It works!

    1. Ha! I’ll take that genius compliment. I’ve been a bit at my wit’s end over what to do with that fabric and really wasn’t sure it was going to look good with this pattern until the end.

  10. When I just saw the top in the then new issue, I was pretty shocked: it did not look like something wearable at all! With time, I saw a couple of variations by Talen’ts Sister here and here , which changed my opinion. Now, your top and San Silverain’s clearly show, that this pattern is not as desperate as I thought! I am considering to use it some day.

  11. This is so hilarious but all I can do is stare at that big white wall and empty floor. Such a perfect photo space! I have the most gorgeous floors but every square inch is covered! (And my husband won’t let me have blank walls. He is a wall-photo-coverer.)

    ANYWAY. I missed your blog so I hopped over here today and love your yoked top! You inspire me with piping which I generally avoid but it makes every blouse so pretty. It’s a lovely pairing with the skirt. And now I’m off to read your wedding dress.posts. It’s been a busy month but I was waiting for a quiet moment with coffee because that’s what those kind of posts deserve ;).

    1. Your comment made my day! Thanks for popping by.

      The walls are kind of an optical illusion! It’s only a few feet wide before it hits a window with standard rental blinds. But my sis is a wizard and knows how to make the most of it. Also… I use the healing brush to hide an outlet that lost its faceplate when I painted the wall!

  12. Oh, that is one fierce yoke! Do I dare call you the yoke hussy? 😉 This is fab, Morgan! I love it paired with the maxi 😀

  13. I never would have looked at that pattern. But I love this. The yoke really is nice! I love the addition of piping, too. And you know I love that silver linen!

    1. I can’t believe how long that silver linen has stuck around. I’m not sure why they gave me so much extra! But it’s been fun to think about ways I can insert it into my wardrobe.

  14. You make the most interesting things! This is a fabulous design, thank you for realising it so beautifully, your creations always make me sit up and take notice! I love your version with the pretty contrasting piping against the “practical” charcoal linen, a very pleasing combination. And I like the sample in all one colour too!

    1. What a nice compliment – thank you, Carolyn! I know a lot of sewers are trying to make more basics, but I’m *trying* to sneak some more interest in my projects since I have such a tendency towards the plain. I do love the sample one, too, though – love that they chose a boucle!

  15. I saw that pattern recently on burdastyle and thought it had interesting lines but cray cray sleeves. Of course you could make it work, and I love your version!

  16. I´ll come here occasionally and just drool over your photos, techniques, perfect fit… is that alright? haha I thought I mention, I looove baste-fitting! That´s because I can´t do fit any other way hahaha! But yes, I do it when there are small tweaks to be made, like pretty much always take in some of the fabric.

  17. Okay, there’s not much I can add to the comments before me, but I just wanted to say I loooove it. It’s soo cool. I hardly ever want to make something I see on someone, but now I just feel like begging for the scraps from your top. :)…

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