Today Dixie is sharing her floral Tulip Top…and I think it’s just perfect with the redbud trees blooming! Read on…
Hello again, Melly Sews readers! I don’t know why I chose to make a long sleeved top when I knew it was going to warm up quickly here in Texas. I guess I was drawn to the cross over shape on the design of the Tulip Top. I’m glad I gave this pattern a shot because I love the finished shirt!
We went out to take these pics on one of the last days of “cool” weather to a local park that has free roaming peafowl. I didn’t try to touch them but the peacocks will let you get pretty close to them (and vice versa).
I promise no peafowl were harmed in the making of this top!
The floral fabric is a printed cotton jersey but at the moment I can’t remember where I bought it. It must have been in my stash for awhile.
The red fabric is a soft cotton slubby knit I got from a swag bag from Pattern Review Weekend last year. I’m glad I finally had a chance to use it.
The pattern calls for rib knit on the hem, cuffs and neckline but I didn’t have any. I used my base red knit instead which worked fine for the cuffs and hem. However I needed to make my neckline piece about an inch longer to compensate for the fact that rib knit tends to be stretchier than regular jersey.
That was the only change I made to the pattern.
I top stitched my neckline and hem seam allowances down with a twin needle and serged all my seams.
I like the contrast with the red and black floral and using red for the bottom binding brings out the curved front even more.
I’m going to attempt to get as much wear out of this top while I still can before it gets too hot around here. This top is just too cute not to show off!