I this is my favorite version of the Misty Top by Andrea of Sew To Fit. The new sleeve and waist sash just make this so figure flattering. I know you’ll want to make one, too! Thanks, Andrea!!
This version is the main version of the pattern with a sleeve hack and sash upgrade. I detailed this hack on my last “Sew & Chat” on my youtube channel. Instead of sewing the sleeve as the two-piece with the split as drafted with the tie ends, I changed it up a bit. The original pattern, as with this version, is well fitted at the bust-line and softly drapes out at the waist for comfort with a shirt-tail hem in the front and back. The ties were added to the waistline so that I could have a sewn-on sash to give the effect of a peplum top, but without the waist seam.
In order to get the ties, I used the cuff tie pattern piece and lengthened it to sew them into the side seams and just wrapped them around the back and tied them at the front. They are only turned and hemmed, not doubled. I did not want to have the ties too heavy.
To get the sleeves to open as they are, I folded back the cap area into a V-shape about 5 inches down towards the center. Then I cut each separate pattern piece, front, and back. They were then sewn together, up the center, creating a seam up the arm to the point where it split into the v-opening. The open section was hemmed after the seam up to the shoulder before inserting the sleeve into the bodice using the flat method I show on my tutorial video here: How To Sew in a Knit Sleeve.
You can see in the picture above that the “split” was sewn closed as to create a “cold shoulder” effect with the cap area revealing a little skin detail.
FABRIC: The fabric is an 11oz rayon jersey knit from Sew Much Fabric. The pattern was originally designed using this fabric, and rightly so…because to date, it is the best choice for this design, especially with the way the neckline is finished. There is no finish at the neck because it wraps around the shawl shape and gets handstitched to the back neckline. The front is unfinished and naturally folds on itself.
SKIRT: Self-drafted, made with another beautiful jersey from Sew Much Fabric, now sold out.