ooobop! gypsy top #2

gypsy top frontThere is something quite comforting about visiting an old pattern. I made my first gypsy top almost a year ago and not only have I had great use out of it, it made a great addition to Dorothy’s ensemble too! Once again I used Butterick B4685, Fast and Easy… and indeed it was.

butterick b4685 sewing pattern

I used view D this time but omitted the front lace panel. I did originally include the underbust elastic but when I tried it on, tucked in a skirt, which is mostly how I intend to wear it, I looked a little (more) like the Michelin Man! So out came the elastic, quicker than when it went in!

I used a remnant of cotton gingham that I picked up from Oxfam, and used every last bit of it! So very satisfying especially as I’ve since found that 100% cotton gingham isn’t that easy to get hold of. Well not in a choice of colours. Despite my local plethora of fabric shops, they all stock poly cotton gingham, for the demand of school dresses, apparently. It looks just as pretty for sure but pure cotton feels so much nicer against my skin.

I prefer the sleeves and the simplicity of this style. Its less fussy and so quick to make up. I am going to make a few more, lined up for summer, and my eldest daughter has put an order in for one too.

gypsy top sleeve detail

It also made sense to enter this into Made by Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong 2012, just as I did last time round. Its not nearly up to the standards of most of the beautiful tops over there but I’m liking the annual inspiration of creating a new tops for Spring all the same! You can see this and all the other entries over at Flickr. My entry has been successful so I will keep you posted when it is time to vote! πŸ˜‰

gypsy top back view

I wore it out to a trip to the Tate Modern yesterday with Mr and Little Miss Ooobop! and I have to say it is perfect gallery wear. It’s always soooo hot and stuffy in the galleries. The artwork made for a choice back drop too!

gypsy top side view

Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter break πŸ™‚

35 Replies to “ooobop! gypsy top #2”

  1. Great top! A little gypsy, a little retro. Looks fantastic tucked in to the black skirt.
    You are making me wish I had kept up with the sewing when I was a kid.

    1. Thanks so much. I know its a clichΓ© but it really is never too late! I started as a kid but well and truly had given it up before I was a teenager and only picked it up again a couple of years ago. Can’t stop now! πŸ™‚

      1. I keep finding people blogging that are making things and I’m so jealous. Plus one of my good friends makes beautiful quilts. I’m starting to think that maybe the fates are trying to tell me to give it a whirl! Just afraid that I might get frustrated too easily.
        I’ll let you know if I actually get started again…haven’t done more than a hem or button since grade 7!

        1. Somethings telling me that you should defo get started again! There’s always mistakes to be made but the mistakes I’ve made have always taught me the best lessons. There are heaps of lovely bloggers out there on tap to help you on your way and to get you ‘out of a pickle’ too. I honestly don’t think I would have got as far as I have without their help. Go on…. do it, do it, …. you know you want to!!! πŸ˜‰

      1. Actually, you have indeed been an inspiration. Finally finished the boiled wool jacket I’ve been “making” for the past two years!! I’ll have to send you snaps…it’s quite simple…just a topper with no closure. Now…on to another project……………Cheers!

  2. Super cute top. I love that style but find it hard to wear with the volume below the bust. But this pattern looks not so voluminous. I may have to try it out because it looks so cute on you.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I’m not that blessed up top so I can probably get away with it! I think it helps too that its tucked into a high waisted skirt otherwise I would be in danger of looking very round! Also, its quite short in the body which means you can get away with a more closer fitting, and you can still get it over your shoulders comfortably!

  3. Cute top, miss gypsy!! But I am distracted… do I spy a familiar high waisted pencil skirt in that last pic? It does seem to be a great staple – I’m becoming convinced I need one of my own πŸ™‚

  4. Gorgeous top! Love the style paired with that fabric – very chic, with a bit 1950’s thrown in, I reckon. πŸ™‚

  5. !!! I have been dying to make a little peasant top, I’ve been inspired by the Mexican Fiesta trend in the 50’s…. this pattern is so perfect! Love it in the gingham!

  6. You have inspired me ! Was desperately looking for a gypsy top to buy and your blog kept popping up, I only just took a look now, I’ve just bought the pattern and now I’m going on a fabric hunt. You look fantastic, I love the skirt too, please tell me you made that too !

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  8. Cute top! I’m going to make one… actually two.
    Can you tell me how much fabric (roughly) is needed, I’m a UK size 12 and short. I’m waiting for the pattern to arrive in the post, and wondering if I can place bids on fabric remnants which are 135cm x 37.5 and 112cm x 50cm… don’t want to miss them while waiting for pattern to arrive! Thanks so much for your thoughts.

    1. lol… it’s one of those patterns that I guarantee won’t stop at 1 or 2! I will check for you when I get home this evening. I’m just a bit worried that those fabric pieces are so narrow. But keep an eye on them and I will get back to you asap. Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

    2. So sorry to have taken my time getting back to you. You have probably received the pattern now but in case you haven’t it looks like you will need at least a full metre of either 150cm wide or 115cm wide fabric. So neither of those pieces would be big enough. I’m assuming also that you would be working towards view D. The others, with sleeves and or ruffles need a little more. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi, I have just made a gypsy top for a friend, but am concerned it doesn’t go in at the waist, it just hangs straight. She did want a top that was easy to get on and off, and had plenty of movement when she danced. What would be your advice?

    1. Hi Judy. Thank you for your comment and sorry to take so long to reply. The pattern I used doesn’t go in at the waist. It is cut straight down, not shaped but there are side vents which are rounded if that makes sense. That makes it easy to get on/off. I tend to wear them tucked in with a high-waisted pencil skirt but would look just as good with jeans. If not comfortable with it being tucked in might I suggest a wide belt to cinch it in? I have seen gypsy tops that are cropped above the midriff, with elasticated waist but never to the waist. I think it would look odd to be honest. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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