I’ll preface this post by saying that I really like the top I’ve made, the fabric just makes me think of clowns, with all those big orange spots! I called it a clown top on Instagram and had a few comments saying that it wasn’t clownish at all, but I wasn’t meaning it in a negative sense. Maybe my brain is a bit weird…
This is the top from M7483, a Nicole Miller pattern from one of their recent collections. I also like the wide legged trousers which come with the pattern, but to be honest I don”t really have a lot of places to wear elegant wide legged trousers! I can’t wait to get a job which requires nice clothes, I’ll have so many patterns stashed and waiting for an outing…
But though I won’t be making the trousers up just yet, I thought the top would be perfect for using up some short lengths of silk I have maturing in my stash. This particular length was a remnant I found at The Fabric Store, after brunch with some of the WSBN one day. I wasn’t supposed to be buying fabric, but I decided that remnants didn’t count! There was only 1.2m at 110cm wide, but I cut everything on a single layer and there was plenty of fabric. It’s a silk crepe, so was really easy to cut, but I have to say it gave me a headache trying to get my pattern lined up on it! I found it really hard to get the fabric on grain after washing, and being a crepe I couldn’t pull a thread or anything to help me square it up. The spots didn’t help, there were no obvious horizontal lines in the pattern! I think I managed on in the end though (and I avoided any unfortunate spot placement, thank god). I almost cut into it with the pattern up the other way, until I realised just in the nick of time that they were practically Mickey Mouse heads up that way!
The pattern calls for a separating zipper up the back, but I decided to sew most of the way up the CB and then leave a keyhole with a self fabric covered button and loop so that I could get my head through the boat neckline. My pattern matching isn’t quite perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it anyway!
I really like the length of the sleeves, I think they make it slightly dressier than if they were a standard short sleeve. I’m also pretty happy with the fit, though there are some things I’ll do differently next time. It’s definitely too long along the shoulder seam, the sleeve cap is hanging off the point of my shoulder, so I’ll do a narrow shoulder adjustment next time. I think I’ll also grade out to the next size up from below the bust dart to the hem, as it’s a bit snug around my hips and it tends to get caught on my belt/the waistband of my jeans. I think if I had a little bit more room there that it would sit better and I wouldn’t get that bubble at the small of my back.
I’m looking forward to cranking a few more of these out, I thin it’ll be cute with high-waisted shorts or a narrow skirt in the warmer weather. I also have a length of silk velvet (also a remnant, I love rummaging through those bins…) which I think would work perfectly as this top! I might even look for a metal toothed separating zipper to put up the back…
14 thoughts on “Clown Top”
That is a really lovely fabric. I really like this style of top and have been looking for a pattern like this for a while now to make work tops.
Thanks Andrea, I would recommend this pattern for an easy little top!
Such a cool print! Also, sorely tempted by that pants pattern now.
Aren’t they cool? I’m pretty sure BMV has a $1.99 sale on at the moment…
Kirsten I have a similar tight hip issue with a top I’ve just made. My solution is to make little slits openings at the side seam hem. Might that solve your issue? Lovely top and great save, your tri dots are much more elegant than Mickey’s noggin!
Good tip Lesley! I think I’ll give it a few wears and see how it goes, but that would be a good solution.
Lovely top, I like the print and it looks great on, such a versatile top, I need one of these in my wardrobe.
Thanks Lynsey! I think it’ll be a useful wee pattern to have 🙂
This is really cute! And love polka dots and bright colours. I can see why you call it your clown top, but it reminds me of more 60s mod than anything. 😉
Thanks Heather, I’d rather be a Mod than a clown!
I love this clown top! That fabric is so pretty. I can’t believe you can find such lovely fabric in a remnants bin. If I went to the remnants section of my local big box fabric store I would probably find scratchy quilting cotton with actual clowns on it. I hadn’t seen this pattern before– both pieces are amazing! I hope you do make those pants eventually.
Thanks Teri! The Fabric Store in Wellington has excellent remnants, I always love having a rummage through their baskets!
What a lovely pattern set – I’m seeing sparkly top and velvet pants just in time for Christmas here! If only my to-make wishlist wasn’t so long. I’ve pinned it for a later date!
Ooh yes! I was thinking velvet for the top, but sequins would be amazing too!