A Top for the Bunny Leggings

When I made the animal leggings for the girls, E got a matching top. I felt like I should make one for V too. I had plenty of Liberty of London left over from her dress and some orchid stretch jersey. I had something in mind but it took me a long time to nail down the details.  I knew I wanted something pretty streamlined, not too much gathering, not too ruffled.  At first, I was sure I would use my old standby Jalie 2805.  It’s such a great basis for anything I want to create.  But.  I’d made a 3352 (the dolman tops) just before.  (I still haven’t photographed it.) It fit so well and had the overall easy shape I was looking for.  A few mods and here’s what I got!

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So what are the mods? I cut the front and binding in jersey according to the pattern.  For the back, I cut the pattern just below the sleeves.  The top part was made in the jersey.  I added a bit of width to the bottom part (about 3″ total) using the slash and spread method in three spots.  Finally, I drafted a front overlay, meant to juuuust meet in the middle.

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I had to change the construction order to make it work.  I hemmed all the pieces first. Just 1/4″.  The front jersey piece got its 5/8″ hem as directed in the pattern.  Then, I constructed the back.  I stretched the jersey to fit the woven part.  It’s not my favorite method because I find it makes the jersey part flare.  I prefer to use clear elastic to gather my woven piece before attaching it to the jersey.  The seam stays stretchy but without the jersey flaring.  But I was feeling lazy…

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I basted the overlay to the back before going any further.  I wanted the woven parts to be perfectly aligned.  Then, shoulders, neckline binding, side seams, and sleeve hems according to the pattern. Done!

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As drafted, the top of the front overlays should create a straight line across the front when attached.  I wasn’t a huge fan of that so when V put the top on and the overlay fell a little lower, flaring out the sides a little, I was happy.  Exactly what I was going for!

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Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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2 comments on “A Top for the Bunny Leggings
  1. Charity says:

    That is a fun idea! I like the combination of woven and knit!

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