Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Striped and Solid Knit Pullover Top

Hurrah! It's time to be a part of Project Run and Play Season 7. 
My granddaughter has grown so much this summer that she really needs some new clothes for the upcoming school year.
I love this soft fabric.
The first challenge is a remake of Oliver + S's Popover Sundress.
Here are some of the changes that I made to the basic sundress:

  1. I used a soft cotton knit striped fabric and a knit waffled French terry fabric for the outfit.
  2. I shortened the bodice front and back to make this pullover top.
  3. I added two inches width to both the front and back bodice at the "Place on fold" to add fullness so I could gather the bodice to the front band.
  4. I interfaced one half of the front band and then topstitched the band to give it more shape and strength.
  5. I used the bright yellow stripe to create a piping that I inserted in the bottom of the front and back band.
  6. I cut the widened bodice into 2 pieces ( five inches from the bottom) and  inserted a very full gathered ruffle into the seam when I sewed them back together.  This gave the longer top more body and swing.
  7. I also made striped leggings, a striped t-shirt with a gore of solid French terry knit inserted into the back of the t-shirt. and solid pants with back striped pockets to coordinate with the top.
Comfort is the most important factor in whether or not my granddaughter will wear the outfits that I sew for her... and this outfit is comfortable!
Details are what makes an outfit special... and this outfit has details-gores, topstitched seams, decorative pockets, ruffles, and piping.
Making both solid and striped pants added variety to the outfits that can be created.
Lastly, creating different layers will be important in our cold Chicago winters. T-Shirt + Pullover tunic top + pants = warmth.



  1. What a cute outfit! I love the little detail in the back of the shirt! So cute and so comfy. I want one for myself. :)

  2. Thanks Olga,
    I have not sewn a t-shirt in so long. Adding the gore was made possible by adding a seam in the center back of the t-shirt. Then I topstitched it all the way down the back on both sides of the seam.

  3. This is really cute! Love the colours :-).

  4. Love it! Great job and the details make the outfit awesome.

  5. So adorable! I am in minnesota. We need the layers too : ). Love the whole outfit !

  6. This is so cute! I really love the pop of color with the yellow! Great job! I'd love for you to link your outfit to our Fall Clothing Party!!!

  7. What a great mix-and-match outfit! Really great details, and I love the colors.

  8. Loving this outfit - perfect for the cooler weather ahead.

  9. So many pieces and they all work together! Great job. The outfit is adorable and looks like she would be comfy and warm in it as well.

  10. Oh Deborah, I am IN LOVE with this outfit....from the colors to the style...it is absolutely amazing!!! And your photos----yay!!! She looks adorable!

    1. Elizabeth,
      I'm so glad that you like my finished project. Thanks to you for your help on updating my blog. The new format allowed me to post larger pictures.
      I plan to sew along for the whole Season 7, and I have some formatting ideas for the Week 2 blog posting. Please come back and check it out.


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