Self Portrait Inspired | Mint Green Top

Since this is an inspired look, I’m not too worried that my top isn’t as extravagant as most Self Portrait designs. Do you see how delicious their designs are, hold one sec while I pick up my jaw from the floor.

Mainly I was going for the feel, I think in time the dramatic designs will be added to my future projects. I’ve always been drawn to their designs when I’m researching projects and trends. So today I’m delivering a sexy but polished look. This will be one of my favorite summer looks, as you know we recently moved to Texas and now I can enjoy wearing all my spring/summer sewing pieces longer. I can’t wait to enjoy every second of the heat! This mint beauty was a treat to sew and I’ve very happy to share this project today!

I’ll continue to sound like a broken record when it comes to saying “From the moment I saw this I knew exactly what it would be”. I honestly think it’s a skill I’ve acquired over the years. But it’s quite true of this fabric. I felt the skinny striped pattern would add a beautiful effect to the BurdaStyle Top.

When you plan to make a top with knit or jersey or anything that has stretch for that matter. Structure recovery is key, so you have to spend time feeling the hand of the fabric and really embrace it. I know finding the right knit fabric can be a challenge. Take a little time to research and read reviews. Nothing looks home-sewn like a stretchy misshaped project. Not a THING is wrong with home-sewn pieces but you want to ensure your projects are made with care, look well-made and professional. After handling this striped mint fabric, you won’t be wasting your time.

If you are searching for a top to make a low-key dramatic statement, this one will surely do the trick. It’s such a breathtaking design if you are okay with double and triple stares.

Features on this which I adore are the gathers throughout the design, the cold shoulder and peplum details. It’s definitely a winner in my book. It has a subtle Grecian feel and would look marvelous on any body type.

As much as I hate to say it, this was a slight challenge to sew. Mainly because the gathered pieces have minuscule differences. I would highly recommend labeling all your pieces and noting the front and back. Too late during the construction process, I realized my fabric was either the wrong piece, size or flipped the wrong direction.

The hem ripper quickly became my sidekick. However! repetition produces perfection, and if I had to sew again, the process would go much smoother and faster.

Initially, I wanted to style this as a fun Saturday look. Probable with shorts, sandals and a tote, which looks and feels comfortable. But the more I looked at it, all I could see was a garden party or dinner date. With that in mind, I opted for the 7/8 white striped trouser and pointed toe heel for a sleeker look. Can you see the directional play on stripes? At first, I was a bit nervous about the vertical stripes on the trousers against the horizontal ones of the top. The asymmetrical design of the top, as well as the color, seems to balance the varying direction of stripes.

It’s a slick design and I’m a fan, this will be fun in a solid and lace overlay or tomato red.

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