Finished projects

Cynthia Rowley Strawberry Top

Hello there! I hope you all are doing well. For my ‘Murrican friends, I hope you survived tax day. DD and I barely did, but we’re glad it’s all behind us now. ‘Til next year…

Anyway, I’m going to share a top that I had high hopes for, but I believe the fabric is what brought me down. I’m all about sharing the good with the bad because it’s important to learn from our mistakes… and because I just like posting on a regular basis – it’s fun!

I made the top, view D, from the Simplicity 1314 Cynthia Rowley pattern.

1314IMG_5402This is only the second CR pattern I’ve made, but I’m impressed with the fit right out of the package. Unlike most other Simplicity patterns, I don’t have to do any tweaking to make it look right. I cut a straight size 10 for this top and it’s perfect!

IMG_5403I used a medium weight quilting cotton that I got on super sale (I think I paid a little over $1/yard!) at a local home-fabric store closing sale. It’s red with tiny yellow dots and DD thinks I look like a strawberry. I originally wanted to make this shirt in a chambray of some sort, but thought I would try it out with the cheapo fabric. As you can see, it’s wrinkly at all the seam lines. I SWEAR I press the bajeesus out of my seams every time I make one, I guess it’s just this fabric.

Wrinkly seams 😦




There’s lots of seam lines in this pattern, so as you can see, there’s lots of wrinkles. I still think it’s a cute top and I got a compliment by a GUY at work last week… I guess guys don’t notice poor fabric quality?Β  That at least made me feel less self-conscious about wearing it in public. I know I don’t HAVE to wear my projects, but if I spent all that time making it, then darnit, I’m going to wear it even if it’s frumpy!

IMG_5413But you gotta love those weird wing sleeves, huh?

This shirt was pretty fast to make, considering all of those seams. I basted all the seams first to check the fit, then serged for prettiness! Here she is inside out:

IMG_5417IMG_5419The hourglass shape hugs the curves nicely but it was a b$&^$ sewing the intersection of the seams at the waistline!

IMG_5423But check out that seam matching with the invisible zipper! That makes me super happy every time. πŸ™‚

IMG_5420I love the way serged edges look! I’m in awe every time I make a seam with Freya – I’m easily impressed, ha!

IMG_5421I hand-tacked the facing in the front because it got a little floppy.

IMG_5418The shoulders were new to me. The pattern has you sew the “wings” first, the you sew self-made bias tape around the armhole. I’m not used to using bias tape on something with sleeves, but these don’t go all the way around the armhole, so I guess that’s why you need it. The pattern wants you to sew the bias tape down with topstitching, but the shoulders would be the only area with visible stitching and I thought that would look weird, so I just hand stitched it down:

IMG_5422If you squint, you can see the teeny stitch marks! I think those have something to do with the wrinkle-factor on the shoulders, though… but I still like to blame the fabric!

I think the pattern is neat and different, but I’m not really sure if I’ll make it again. I thought I would LOVE it, but I’m not really feeling it. I’m going to wear her a bit more, though, but I think she may end up in the Goodwill pile in a year or two. But then again, who knows? Maybe I’ll learn to love her?

IMG_5407Woops, look at the time – I gotta go get ready for an outdoor festival. This may be the last fun outdoorsy thing DD and I will do because SUMMER IS COMING. I’m going to frolic about in a new make that I’ll post about later on – I LOVE it and know you will, too! ‘Til next time!


22 thoughts on “Cynthia Rowley Strawberry Top

  1. Little half cap sleeves always make for such a flattering feature! Good job with the seam matching–making sure seams match especially across zipper lines makes me crazy! I usually baste for a few stitches at each intersection, but the zips you can’t really do that.


    1. The seam line/zipper matching IS a bit tricky. I sewed one side of the zipper down, then zipped it up and marked where the seam line is on the other side. I try my hardest to pin it like crazy and make sure there’s not much movement when I’m sewing the other side down. It seems to work! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚


  2. The fit is amazing!! I think this style is really flattering on you, but what a bummer that you don’t like the fabric after all that work. Enjoy your outdoor adventure–gotta get those in before AZ turns into one big sand-filled oven!! πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you! I think I should probably pair the top with pants that don’t have as much flare. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like it comes across as a little frumpy overall. Meh. I need to get crackin’ on making straight-legged work pants!

      Our outdoor adventure was fun! It was a “Viva La Local” festival with local restaurants, breweries, and a farmer’s market. The weather was nice but even being outside for a couple of hours with the crazy intense sun and wind, we were a little whooped afterward. I did get a chicken shirt there, though! Haha! πŸ™‚

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      1. Ooooo, slimmer-fitting pants would definitely streamline the overall look–good idea! And OMGGGG of course you found a chicken shirt…that’s amazing and you should probably share that with the world. And the festival sounds great, apart from the fact that one must venture outdoors in AZ in order to attend! πŸ˜‰

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  3. I like your stawberry top, she’s sweet. Nice job on matching the waistline seams. After seeing your version, I might try to figure out how to remove that waist line seam, it seems odd if you’re not going to do contrasting fabric.


    1. Thanks! Yeah, all those seam lines are a bit weird. The pattern has contrast fabric on the cover, so I think it would work better that way, too. I never think about using more than one type of fabric for a project – I need to expand my horizons! πŸ™‚


  4. I love this shirt!’ The color looks great on you! I do think a different fabric would help! But also maybe a little looser of tension? I don’t know!


    1. Thank you! I wonder if a real apparel fabric would work? I have an awesome chambray, but I think I’ll use it on another project. It’s a shame that sometimes quilting cottons don’t quite work on some apparel projects. Those usually have the cutest prints!

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      1. I never use quilting cotton for clothing cause it just is too rough! Like maybe I would use it for a circle skirt but the texture it too rough on my skin usually. But I agree they have some really cute prints!!

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    1. Thank you! I know – there’s something about zipping fabric through that serger that just feels so good. I’ve seen people just serge seams for the heck of it even though their fabric doesn’t fray. I love that “professional” look! πŸ™‚


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