Cross-front top – a wardrobe staple

These tops are ones that I wear fairly often to work, and are great layering pieces.

A few years ago I made a tutorial on how to draft and put together a sleeveless version of this top.  Here is that tutorial: Sleeveless Cross-front Top

This version is a little different, since I extended one side of the front by 3″ and added 3 small pleats about an inch apart.  This gives it a little pleating on the front to hide the effects of holiday eating….and drinking.  Let’s not forget the wine, shall we?

20151201-DSC_0038Here is my first top out of a nice weight poly lycra knit.  It has a great hand to it.  I noticed a few issues with my pattern in this version.  My shoulders needed to be wider, the arm piece was too big and the back was too small.  I also didn’t pull the binding enough, and it gapped a bit in front.  Still wearable, but not ideal.  The binding starts at 6″ on the fold near the neck, and narrows to about 2″ on the fold at the waist.

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The back is a bit tight, and shows a bit too many rolls.

20151201-DSC_0027Here is the second top after I reworked the pattern a bit.  I narrowed the arms, widened the shoulder by an inch, pulled the cross-over part up by an inch or so and added some width to the back.

20151202-DSC_0058Still not really perfect, but I think I like it a little bit better than the other one.  The sleeves are short, as I ran out of material.  I had already made a tunic out of this material, so I got two shirts out of my 3 yards that I bought.  This is the same material as the top above (poly lycra knit by the Worth Collection).

20151202-DSC_0065The collar binding on this starts at 4″ on the fold and narrows down to 1.5″ on the fold at the ends.  I was running out of fabric, so I had to make do with what I had left.  I had to cut the binding in two pieces, and they are joined at the back neckline.

Here was the outfit I wore.  I made the jacket this summer, and it is a great lightweight jacket.  It is only in the 30’s right now, so perfect for current conditions.  The skirt I made last year.  I also had a purse I made.  Love it when my outfit is mostly me-made!

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I know, not the most exciting colors or anything, but I can wear them with so much in my closet.  I tend to like solid colors and neutrals.  I have a lot of big jewelry, so that usually is the star of my outfits more often.

I am prettttttty sure I will be making a few more tops. 😀

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