Two More Tops Before Summer Fades

Summer is winding down and my thoughts are turning toward fall sewing.  I am not ready to give up summer all together, after all it is still 90+ degrees here in Missouri, but I am ready for sewing something different. I spotted this fabric right when it was added—Mood Fabrics’ Italian Teal and Black Lacy Brocade—and I had to have it.

Lacy Italian Poly Brocade Mood Fabrics

It is so gorgeous and my thoughts were a simple Grainline Scout T-shirt, that way the fabric does all the talking. Another plus was the fabric description from Mood’s site, “Has a soft hand and graceful drape, almost like a knit but without the stretch,” That sealed it, Scout t-shirt for sure.

mood fabrics lacy brocade shirt

I used a piece of black knit for the neck binding and turned it to the wrong side of the shirt. I liked this method, as it eliminated the any bulk and the fact is just looks nice.

mood fabrics lacy brocade shirt

I did take in the sides a bit more on my shirt and I am quite happy with the results. This top will be great with jackets and cardigans into the fall.

mood fabrics lacy brocade t-shirt

I have just enough left (I hope) to pair it with a solid black for the fall trend of Luxe Sweatshirt.

One more top for my summer-to-fall look, Mood Fabrics’ Black Bold Floral Silk Jersey :

Mood Fabrics floral silk jersey

This was a change from my original plan. I was thinking a draped front sleeveless top but I started seeing florals for falls and with the black in this fabric, I changed my mind. It is late August, after all. Megan Nielsen’s Briar t-shirt pattern for this fabric seemed like the perfect pattern.

mood fabrics floral silk jersey top

I only purchased a yard of this, so I had to do some creative sewing. Using black knit from stash, I redrafted the back. When I did cut out this back, I set it 1″ off the center fold. With these 2 inches, I created a pleat in the center back. My knit is a bit clingy and this pleat helps the fabric not stick to me!

mood fabrics floral silk jersey top

I love how a plan comes together, this top is so much better than my original thought. This will be a favorite: The silk jersey feels the best, drapes the best and this is just fun (the floral and high-low hem).

mood fabrics floral silk jersey top

Now for a bit of comedy for the end of this post, from my photo shoot (me and the tripod). It looks like a scene from an old western movie where I’m about to say “Draw!”

Mood Fabrics floral silk jersey top

Who knows what I was doing but it is good for a laugh.

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Comments


  • Ginger
    August 23, 2013

    These are both so cute! I love the fabrics you chose!

    • Lori
      August 23, 2013

      Thanks, I am thrilled with these tops.

  • Cissie
    August 23, 2013

    I’ve been eyeing that lacy brocade and now that i’ve seen your top, I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet. That will be a great transitional piece, as is the other top. Love them both. In fact, any time you sew something that you’re not happy with, just send it on to me. I love everything you make!

    • Lori
      August 23, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie, that is such a nice compliment, I will keep you in mind :) And yes, you do need the brocade

  • Amy
    August 23, 2013

    What great tops! Your fabric choices are wonderful, and I can imagine getting lots of wear out of both of them. Enjoy!

    • Lori
      August 23, 2013

      thanks, Amy, I am sure both tops will become favorites.

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 23, 2013

    Both tops are beautiful, Lori! Great photos too :)

    • Lori
      August 23, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah for the compliments on the top and the help with the photos!

  • Diana
    August 24, 2013

    Love them both but especially the black silk. Just gorgeous. I want some of thet print, Cute pose at the end!1

    • Lori
      August 24, 2013

      Thanks, Diana, it is wonderful fabric, have fun sewing your black bold floral silk jersey!

  • LLBB
    August 24, 2013

    Love that first one especially- beautiful fabric and great garment!!

    • Lori
      August 25, 2013

      Thanks, it feels wonderful, too.

  • Haylee
    August 25, 2013

    These are so cute! I love that second one especially, the high low hem looks great on you and I LOVE the colorblocking in the back. Seriously love that, I never would have guessed that that was only due to a shortage of fabric. It looks great and I also love that Draw photo. haha made me laugh, :)

    • Lori
      August 25, 2013

      Thanks, Haylee, I am so happy how the second top turned out. I do like the high-low hem on me, a nice and different look. I thought the last photo was just too funny and had to include it!

  • Carolyn
    August 25, 2013

    I’m seriously loving the first top. Both of them are pretty, I just really loved the fabric for the first one. You make the cutest tops!

    • Lori
      August 25, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn, the fabric from the first top is just incredible in person. I do like making tops, goes with so much in my closet and my jeans for work.

  • Amanda S.
    August 26, 2013

    Great tops!

    • Lori
      August 27, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda

  • ThisisCarrie
    August 28, 2013

    That lace brocade is just gorgeous! And I would have never thought to make a top out of it. Turned out great! And the floral top has such a gorgeous flow to it. Love it.

    • Lori
      August 28, 2013

      Thank you, Carrie, I am top/blouse girl (probably can tell from some of my posts). I love both of my tops.

  • oonaballoona
    August 30, 2013

    when i saw that technicolor top i almost copied you for my anna dress… at this moment i really wish i had!!!