I used the “snow and sew” time to catch up on a few patterns I had cut out and hoped to try. Today, I’m showing off the Alyssa Top, by Appletotes & co.
The Alyssa Top has so many options, I took quite a long while trying to decide what I wanted my top to look like. Sleeves? Contrasting cuffs? Contrasting band? Add a collar? Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to these “big” decisions. Anyway, I finally settled on a navy, anchor nautical look!
I have to confess, I’m really a quiter’s cotton stitcher. The pattern called for lining fabric, and I have to say, I’ve not really sewn lining fabric before! Actually, I did make a blazer and a vest for my son, Jake, when he was two (he’s now 20) so I’m not sure that really counts. But, I always like to sew a pattern the first time as written. Sometimes the author really does know best, right? So lining fabric it was. Actually, funny story…when I went to look, I realized I don’t even buy fabrics like that. Now what? Not to be deterred, I realized that I do shop the sales at the local Justice store…and pick up skirts and tops to re-purpose into doll clothes, and sure enough, navy blue lining!! Thank goodness I didn’t have to rethink my entire fabric choice. The snow would be melted by then! By the way, kids’ clothes are a great way to stock up on some specialty type fabrics without buying a whole lot…and often, you can incorporate the existing hems or seams and save a step or two.
I love the cute design of the sleeve cuffs of this pattern. I’m not sure I put mine together quite right, but the look is still right. Overall, I found it pretty easy to follow directions and put together my cute top! Her pattern pieces were detailed and the photos and directions were easy to follow.
I added piping, which I’m not sure I’d do again. It is regular piping and it made my seams a bit thick. Instead, I might try baby sized piping, but at least it gave me a chance to try out a new skill. I also really like the different ways I can add little embellishments. I’m not sure what look I like best! If you haven’t had a chance to check out her work, you should! Apple has a lot of different types of patterns for sale- download and sew one up today! I give her the Oh Sewn by Kat! Seal of Approval!
Make it a sew great day!