The Parisian Top: Selfish Sewing Week

parisian top cover

Hurrah!  My third project for Selfish Sewing Week is complete!  The Parisian top by Go To Patterns.  I bought the “Just Add Jeans” collection by Pattern Anthology a couple of months ago because I pretty much live in my jeans in the cooler months.  The timing was perfect for our upcoming winter here in Oz.

I’d been desperate to make this top for ages but it took me a while to find the right fabric for the job.  I always seems to struggle to find decent knit fabrics from local sources here in Australia.  If you know of any great places, PLEASE let me know!!  There are some great overseas online stores but the postage costs are quite high.

I recently found a local store in Perth with a good variety but the prices were quite high at $20-25 a metre.  I did however find the fabric I used for my Parisian top in the remnants basket so picked up a metre and a half of this modal knit for only $15 – bargain!

parisian top front

parisian top back

It has a beautiful soft feel to it but was quite tricky to work with because it was so slippery.  Did you know that modal knit fabric is made from cellulose fibres from trees?  Thanks Google – is there anything you can’t teach  me?!

I really love the style of this top with gathering at the shoulders and the peter pan collar.  I’m not sold on the waistband though, I feel like it should  be tighter instead of being the same width as the base of the top.  I feel like it just kind of *hangs* rather than adding shape and accentuates my post baby belly. (Yes, I am sucking my tummy in on these photos – vanity is a curse!)

parisian top collar

And check out that super neat facing with no exposed seams – I LOVE this detail!  It really satisfies all that is OCD in me…

parisian top facing

All in all I’m really pleased to have created another top this week that I’m happy to wear.  Did you see my See Kate Sew Zippy top the other day?  I won my battle with that project fair and square!

Don’t forget to check out my Sewing: Grown Up Girls Pinterest board. It’s a great place to look for inspiration for your own selfish sewing!


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