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!
The pattern is Kwik Sew 4189 and I made view B without the roll neck and with shorter sleeves, using fabric from Potter’s.
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.
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
and an awful lot of eating. Sorry for the grainy photo, but you can see that we were eating in style!
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.
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.
This was my first make of 2017, and I made it on the first day of the new year.
30 thoughts on “Candy cane top”
It looks beautiful. The red/white stripes are working very well with the white pants. The stripe matching is impressive and makes this top a piece to be proud of.
Thank you Sonja. It probably only goes with white trousers though 🙂
The stripes are perfect! They make the design extra special and since you matched the stripes so well your top is EXTRA special. Where else could you find quality like this!
Aww, thank you Linda, I did go to some trouble with the stripes. I want another one, but don’t think I can face doing more stripe matching!
I love stripes but they can be a trial. Your top looks great, and the stripes match perfectly.
Thank you Kathy – these were definitely a trial :)!
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.
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!
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!
Thank you Barbara, it’s been lovely here in the west – only a couple of heat waves so far!
Thank you 😄
Red and white stripe always looks fresh and “where’s Wally” made me smile. Perfect stripe matching and the triangle is a very nice accent.
You did a great work, Sue. Perfect matching stripes. Pretty top 🙂 Happy Anniversary.
Thank you Hana !
You’re getting off to a very good start. Amazing pattern matching
Happy Anniversary! Great start to the year, the candy cane top is wonderfully made (oh, that matching!) and so cute! Your version is much better than the ones on the pattern package.
I really love the creative use of stripes, and this definitely qualifies! If Waldo had worn cool diagonal stripes, they’d have found him years ago.
I love the effect of the stripes and I think you can never go wrong with red and white stripes! Great story, too, thank you for sharing 🙂
I love it – and your pattern matching is superb. I love red/white stripes as they always look so fresh. May all your ‘makes’ in 2017 be as successful as this! 🙂
Thank you Kim. I had planned this top as a practice make but love it so have put the pattern away for a while. I can’t face more stripes just yet!!
Love it! And perfect pattern matching – miles better than on the pattern envelope! 😀
It is lovely! And not a top you will easily get lost in (-; Congratulations on your anniversary!
I really like Where’s Wally. This is not the same. It’s a great top and the shape is good fun. Happy Anniversary.
Thanks Kate 😘
Happy (belated!) Anniversary!! Love everything about this cute top! Fantastic job stripe matching and you look like you camped in style! 🙂
Always camp in style Lisa!
It looks beautiful…The stripe coordinating is noteworthy and makes this main a piece to be pleased with…
! Amazing pattern matching
Thank you Mariag!