Hey there and happy 2017! I’m excited to share my first sew of 2017, this Lou Box Top sewn in silk and underlined in rayon… ooh I love it! My sewing year has kicked off a little slow though, and for good reason. We ended 2016 with an amazing trip to Japan, returned home just in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and then the whole family was wiped out from jet lag! And probably a little bit of let down that we are back to reality! Vacation was amazing, and Japan was even more incredible! I have to throw in one quick photo, even though I know you stopped by to read about what I sewed, but we skied at the base of Mt. Fuji! The extra person in the pic is my sister in law Beth, who lives in Japan and we so miss her now that we are back in the States! Okay, enough Japan and back to sewing!
So the Lou Box Top (pattern by Sew DIY)…it is such a good pattern! I’ve had it sitting on my computer since last spring when Indiesew released it as part of the Spring 2016 collection. Let me throw in a few inspiration links, because I’ve seen this pattern pop up many times and knew it was loved by several sewists. I love Erin’s dress version here, Kristi has made several Lou Box Tops, and my favorite dress was this one and top was this one, and I love the spring colors in this Lou Box Top. Okay, so my sewing.
I snagged a little over a yard of two different fabrics from the Indie Sew fabric shop. Allie had (it’s no longer in stock) this beautiful black silk chiffon fabric that was very sheer. I knew I wanted to sew a top out of it, but also knew it wouldn’t get much wear if I left it sheer. So I also grabbed some light blue rayon fabric to underline the project in.
Underlining is a bit different than lining. I cut the pattern pieces out of my black floral fabric and my blue rayon fabric and then basted each pattern piece to the other. That way I treated my blue / black fabric combo as one piece as I sewed the Lou Box Top together. You can read a bit more about they whys and hows of underlining over here at Lladybird.
The Lou Box Top came together very easily! There are several pattern options about finishing the bottom hem and there’s a scoop neck verses a crew neck option. I went with the crew neck and the longest hem length. I used a tiny clear button that I had inherited from my great grandmother’s button stash to close up the back opening.
Have you sewn anything yet in 2017? I hope your first sew of the year is as successful as mine turned out! I absolutely love my new top and know it will get worn often!
Pattern: Lou Box Top
Modifications: I underlined the project, but other than that, followed the instructions as written, and would do the exact same thing next time.
P.S. I keep wearing my ginger jeans and keep forgetting to blog about them. These babies get worn at least twice a week and they absolutely deserve their own post. Some day I’ll sit down and write about them, because they are great. You can see me wearing them here, and there are some great gut pictures here, here and here. I used pink and red serger thread on my jeans so you could see a fun pop of color as I cuffed my jeans!
This pattern / fabric for the Loub Box Top was provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team. All opinions, as always, are my own…I love both the pattern and the fabrics used in this project!