When I heard that the February theme for the Sewing by Ti blog tour was going to be Red, White and Pink… I wasn’t quite sure what I would make. Sure I wear white a lot, but I don’t usually wear a lot of pink or red. Fortunately when I was shopping for the perfect fabric for the Synthia Ruffle Top, from Designer Stitch patterns, I found this beautiful silky print in various colors, mostly shades of reds and blues.
The Synthia Ruffle top is designed for light weight woven fabrics with good drape. In my excitement to find the perfect fabric, I totally missed that it would need to be a fabric that can be viewed from both sides. Unfortunately my fabric had a definite wrong side, so I had to make a small modification so that my ruffles would work as intended. In order to have the right side of the fabric visible from every angle of the beautiful ruffles, I cut out each ruffle piece twice. I then sewed those pieces with the right sides together using the same seam allowance as the hem would have been. After turning my new sleeves right side out, I top-stitched along the edges of the ruffle. Then, I was able to proceed with the pattern instructions as they were written.
The instructions guide you through how you attach your ruffle so that it gives this beautiful detail at the shoulder/sleeve. Designer Stitch describes this as a “waterfall armhole frill!” I love how they fall along the shoulder.
The ruffled collar continues around to the back of the top. The back is finished with an invisible zipper.
My new top will be perfect for a date night with my husband. One of the other testers extended the pattern down to make a dress, and I have now added a Synthia dress to my ever growing to-sew list!
Let’s get inspired! Here are the other bloggers participating in this months tour:
February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro), Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th: Tenille’s Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs
Modifications: I had to modify my ruffles, so that the right side of my fabric would be visible from all sides of the ruffle.
Fabric: Silky print from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
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