Candy cane top

The whole time I was making this top I thought I might look like Where’s Wally, and then I put it on and thought, nup, I’m a candy cane!

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The pattern is Kwik Sew 4189 and I made view B without the roll neck and with shorter sleeves, using fabric from Potter’s.

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This pattern is an obvious candidate for stripes, but the pattern matching became a bit of a trial. I did, however, love the little triangle that is formed when the side seams come together.

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I wore this top for our wedding anniversary and we were lucky enough to share the day with Sarah from Workspace-FADS and her husband, who were married on exactly the same day in the same year – cool hey? They came camping with us and we had a glorious few days at our bush block. This involved some touristy activities

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and an awful lot of eating. Sorry for the grainy photo, but you can see that we were eating in style!

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This top is a dream to make, except for the stripe matching of course, and I am looking forward to making more. It is fairly simple, fits beautifully and the pattern is nicely drafted. Next time I am going to do a slight sway back adjustment as I have a little bubble of fabric in my back which bothers me, but I think I can sort it out quite easily.

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The top has a foldover neck instead of a separate band and I considered whether to do this, but I’m glad that I did. I lightly interfaced the neck so that it wouldn’t stretch out, folded it over and coverstitched it. This worked really nicely, giving a very flat neckline.

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This was my first make of 2017, and I made it on the first day of the new year.

Fadanista

30 thoughts on “Candy cane top

  1. This is a lovely top Sue and I can appreciate the tedious effort required to achieve that stripe matching, as I have just made a red and white striped top too (although a much simpler design). You have done an excellent job. How lovely to share a wedding anniversary and a camping holiday. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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  2. Candy Cane top 😄 What a perfect description for this yummy summer top. As for styling, I think it would look good on a pencil midi skirt too!

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  3. Love the candy cane top, the stripe matching and seams are perfect. Good to see pictures of the bush block, looks like you definitely celebrated in style. Happy anniversary!

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