Sunday, February 20, 2011

apropos of nothing top

The other day I was cruising the Anthropologie website when I came across this super cute top. It was a boatneck top - navy collar bands, hip band and sleeve bands, and a white and green striped bodice. "I can make that!" I thought.

I've been playing around with boatneck style options since I made the muttonchops top, and this looked like a fun variation. Fun seventies-inspired tops are all over the place right now, and I really like it. They're loose in all the right places, you know what I'm saying? If you don't, then you didn't carry two ten-pound baby boys in your belly for more than 40 weeks.

It's springy and fun, and made using stash fabric so even better. The only thing I would modify if I made it again is to drop the front neckline an inch more, and lengthen the back bodice fabric an inch. Maybe if I ever learned how to stand up straight it would hang better, but the odds of that are slim.

Now, on to an even more exciting Anthro knockoff - the Lunar Cycles top! I actually bought this one because I love it so much, but I'm also really excited about making a knockoff and sharing all the various ways to create a completely different look with one pattern. Stay tuned....


  1. What a great top! You're the queen of knockin' off!

  2. Dang! You look fab! Seriously, you are rockin' those jeans.

    Do you have a name for your dummy (or whatever they're called?) Random question; just wondered.


  3. I love this top...I would love to make several of these (when I like something I go overboard! HAHA!)

  4. Is there any chance you write a tutorial for how to create that neckline? I have searched for a year for a pattern with this classic real boatneck and can not find one for the life of me. I love your shirt!
    Karen n at patternreview

    1. Karen,
      How embarrassing I just realized there were so many comments I hadn't approved that needed answers!! Yes, I can do a tutorial for this neckline, it's seriously the easiest thing in the world. You basically make the front and back and attach the ribbing straight across. Then overlap, sew on the sleeves to "attach'" and voila. I added the buttons to keep it closed, you could tack it with stitches, too.