Do you ever take a pattern that’s designed for one purpose and make it something totally different? I’ve “repurposed” many patterns.
I remember taking a jumpsuit pattern and making it into pajamas. Well, I was actually sewing it to wear as a jumpsuit but chose the wrong fabric. When I started sewing, I knew it had to be pajamas because there was no way I would wear it out of the house. Hahaha!
When I first saw this pattern, I knew instantly that I wanted to make this top for outerwear. Originally, my plan was to sew the View D pants, but after sewing the top, I thought the pants would be too much in this fabric.
I sewed this top really quick so that I could slide in on the tail end of the Black History Month Pattern Designer’s Challenge on Instagram.
Since this is an easy, quick sew, I was able to put it together in about an hour, using my Baby Lock Vibrant for the main seams and the Baby Lock Soprano, along with a twin needle, for the hems.
I made a skirt to wear with the top, using Simplicity 8982. To dress it down, I paired the top with a pair of jeans and knee high boots.
Then for a more dressy look, I paired it with my lace skirt and played around with the top by pulling it over my shoulders in the back and adding a brooch at center front.
Because the pattern was super easy to sew, I didn’t need to read the instructions. I scanned the pages of the Instructions Booklet just to see the diagrams.
The pattern is beginner friendly and can be sewn in one day. It requires stretch knit fabrics and View C must be cut on 60″ wide fabric (at least 58″ will do ). I used interfacing in the hem areas at the neckline and bottom of top.
I cut a size medium but will choose a small if I sew it again, for a better fit.
This gorgeous a textured knit with 5% spandex caught my eye. The suggestion for View C is jersey fabric with 20% – 25% stretch. Since this is an oversized top and the opening at the neckline is so large, I knew the fabric I chose would work, even though it didn’t have the amount of stretch required.
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