Zoe Top With A Twist / Take 2

I could not help myself but to buy the first issue of the new sewing magasine that was launched in October: Sew Now. The first issue came with a SimpleSew Patterns pattern called Zoe dress and top. As soon as I saw the drawings for Zoe, I had an idea of how to add a twist to it to make it more fun and emphasise the centre line in the front. I’ve done a tutorial for this which will soon be published on my blog and on the SimpleSewblog ,if you like what I did with my tops and want to copy the idea but don’t know where to start.

This top is not fitted so I chose to size down to get it to sit closer to my body. To tie in with the centre front insert I decided to use some scrap fabric to make the facings and the sleeve cuffs. For both tops I used fabric I purchased from the now famous, my local Abakhan.

This is a super easy make. I did not use the instructions and I have enough experience to make it. Glancing at the instructions and diagrams I feel that a beginner would have no problems making the top. However if you feel that you need more advice, please check the SimpleSewblog the have a  tutorial on how to construct it with more details. 

For the black top  is used a wool mix for the main fabric Christmas cotton for the contrast fabric. This was actually my test to adding the twist. I was so happy with it that I decided to create a tutorial for those who would not know where to start. IMG_3138IMG_3133  As well as sizing down I have lengthened the bodice by 5cm and only used a hem allowance of 1.5cm. This is because I felt the top was a bit to short and I like more tummy coverage. IMG_3132IMG_3130   For my second top I used some linen fabric and cotton scrap. It went together pretty fast. For someone with some experience the top is done in a couple of hours. For this I added a few stitches by hand in the bust area for a different look. I also used yellow thread to topstitch the neck line and the hem.

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Do you make small changes like this to your patterns? What do you do? Please share your tricks as I’d like to get some more ideas and I am sure you are bursting with them.