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.