And now, a new something for me!
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Last week I spent some time testing the new Itch to Stitch Dana Point Top*. It had been a while since I’d tested for Itch to Stitch, so I was excited to have a little time to get it done.
This sleeveless v-neck button down top has a pleated waist and shoulder front, and a flared bottom to accentuate your figure. The top is fully lined, with bust darts for C, D and DD cups – and yep, there are separate bodice pieces for A and B cup sizes too!
This top works great as a sleeveless shirt, but I think if you sized up, you could make a really cool vest from it too!
I measured into a size 0 bust, 2 waist and lengthened by 1 inch for my height. The lengthening line is right above the pleat lines, however I think I should have just done about 1/2 inch here, and done another lengthening line below the pleats (now that I’ve worn it for a bit, it seems like it just needs to go up a smidge!).
Sewing this top isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t take a super long time to do, but it can get monotonous with the pleats!! You also need to be pretty accurate with them, so taking your time is important.
About the Fabric
For my material, I used this gorgeous, soft European flamingo Double Gauze from Mabel Madison. I’d never used double gauze before but I’d seen Nani Iro featured in blogs over the years and have always wanted to try it out!
I expected the fabric to shrink up a lot in the wash, and actually found it didn’t shrink in the width (pre-ironing it was 3 inches short, but after ironing it was the original 56″), but shrank about 4 inches in the length (about 6 inches before ironing).
Once it was washed though, this fabric became OH SO HEAVENLY! Very soft and cuddly! I could immediately see why people love to wear double gauze! And it was surprisingly thick too! You could definitely get away without a lining for this in the darker colors (and even in this, if you were comfortable with it being just a little sheer).
Run! Buy the double gauze and make beautiful shirts and dresses! Mabel Madison currently carry just two types: the flamingos, and these adorable white on black dots (which I think if you made this shirt reversible, would be perfect for the lining!).
For my lining though, I used leftover white cotton shirting from JoAnn (I used this one for my son’s Christmas shirt last year). It really has a great feel to it, and is perfect as the lining in this top. And I was so glad I didn’t have to run to the store to buy more!!
And how can I forget my buttons?? I picked these up at Mood about 10 years ago and had used them in a different shirt that I eventually tossed (but kept the buttons of course!!). I’m excited that I finally found a project for them! Quality buttons make ALL the difference!
This week, get the new Dana Point Top for an extra 20% off! You can also stack this discount with their bundle discounts when you spend $20 or $30 in the Itch to Stitch store!
I’d love to hear how you’ll be styling your Dana Point Top!