Monday, February 25, 2013

I really don't know why I made this top

I *think* that I like it, but it is entirely impractical considering that most days I spend my time up to my elbows in finger paint and scraping squished banana out from the gaps between the floorboards!

And the fabric is a lovely but delicate vintage rayon, so every time I do wear it I will have to hand wash the darn thing!

But at least I have made a complete garment and it does look pretty in the photos!

Here are the details.


McCalls 5388
It’s out of print now but Pattern Plus have it for the bargain price of $3.00!

My measurements correspond exactly to McCalls size 14. But knowing that the Big 4 tend to run large, I made up the 12 and I still had to take in the side seams by 3cm! I also had to shorten the length by 8cm before adding the frill, this is one BIG pattern!

Vintage rayon spot print fabric that has been languishing in the stash for many a year. It was quite an odd shaped remnant, which is why I chose this pattern to make it up. I was going to use Colette’s Sorbetto top pattern, but thought that the fabric might be too drapey for that style.

Vintage rayon ric rac from the stash.
Gratuitous pic of the elk necklace I bought for myself for Christmas!

As we are coming in to autumn I think that this will be a good layering piece for special occasions. I have retraced the pattern with all of my alterations so the pattern will be good to go anytime in the future. I definitely won’t be making up the puff sleeve version, but the frill could be lengthened to make a nice breezy summer frock, or left off entirely for a more simple, casual look.

Note: the pattern instructions for this top were very convoluted, so I went my own way. If you happen to be making this top check out my Patternreview for a complete rundown on how I put it together.


  1. Very pretty and now you do have a lovey top for those special occasions and those days you want a special lift.

  2. I think your top is adorable! And you look so nice in it!

  3. Oh bugger about having to hand wash it but sometimes that is the only way to get banana and avocado out of ones clothes! Can you soak vintage in napisan? lol.

    I love it. The fabric is cool and the style looks lovely too. Throw a merino long sleeve underneath etc and your good to go when winter comes, whenever that will be!

  4. Thanks Sharon and Vanessa, I have to say that the top does feel lovely to wear, and Emily that's a great idea to layer a top underneath, hadn't thought of that!

  5. I love it! Love the Elk necklace too..I'm a sucker for them...