Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kimono Style Top for How Much???

I saw a top in the style below at the mall close to where I live and I really wanted it or something close to it to add to my wardrobe. Unfortunately for the store, it was being sold for TT$275.00 which is approximately US$43.00 and fortunately for me I had a pattern in my stash that might just do the trick.  

So out came New Look 6648

This pattern comes in sizes 6-16 and I sewed my usual size 12. I must say that it was an extremely easy sew...I only took a total of 2 hours from cut to completed garment. What directions?!..., I did not even need the directions for this one. As I started sewing it just flowed. Talk about a great beginner pattern!!!

I used 1 1/2 yards of printed chiffon fabric. I cut the fabric with the intention of sewing it on the weekend, but then the sewing bug bit me, so I had to continue until I finished the top. 

I made a few alterations to the original design to get the look I wanted, such as:
  • adding 4" to the length.
  • altered the band to add a pull through sash at the hip.

I made a band about 2" and pulled through a sash, which ties on my left hip.

I loved the way the finished garment turned out and I will definitely be using this pattern again and again and maybe again :)

So until I write again, happy reading and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Perfect. I think I've made this top twice. It's a nice look on you.

  2. I love it! the print is so lively and happy looking. You did a wonderful job!

  3. This is adorable! I don't usually sew new look patterns... bad experiences... but I might go out and get this pattern

  4. Thanks...@ Serenity Love, you really should get it cause its super easy!!

  5. This is soooo cute on you! Yours looks MUCH better than the inspiration pieces! Don't you love it that you can spot something in a store and go home and create your own? Nice work!

  6. Thanks GodsgirlT... girl that's where my motivation comes from, being able to create a beautiful garment from a mere piece of fabric :)

  7. Cute top Tricia. It looks so bright and cheerful. Love the sash and ties, and how you have turned your inspiration top to reality. Congrats.

  8. I like your view better than the pattern. When i make mine, I'll make the same alterations. Maree, Sydney, Australia.