Things are all casual today on the blog…and all me made as well. Lillian top, Ginger jeans and my Simplicity 2153 jacket.
The focus of today’s post is the new Lillian top by Pattern Review and was inspired by Lillian Weber who sewed over 1000 dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. I was thrilled to hear from Deepika that 20% of proceeds from this pattern will go to this great cause!
The pattern is described as…. A knit top or an a-line dress with a V-Neck Yoke and cap sleeves. The front yoke allows for subtle bust shaping as well as infinite design opportunities. Mix and match fabrics and create a whole wardrobe of Lillians! The top skims the figure and works for a variety of figure types. Go down a size if you want it to be close fitting.
What isn’t mentioned here is that this top is a pretty quick and easy make. I was surprised at just how quickly it went together. I made a size small and I’m really happy with the fit. I have not been a fan of PDF patterns but they are starting to grow on me…this one is only 16 pages so that helps. It also helps that I have been having some nice garments come from PDF indie patterns lately. That helps a lot!
As you can see… my version has long sleeves. It’s fall here in Canada and I wanted to be able to wear this right away so like Sue, I decided to draft some long sleeves. I have a little extra fabric under the arm but I think that is because I had inserted the original cap sleeves ( which I really liked BTW) and then took them out. When I unpicked the sleeves, I think I stretched the armhole a bit…..
I choose a light soft sweater knit in a creamy ivory and for the yoke I wanted something subtle. I love the unexpected look of this geometric lace as an overlay. I need more staple pieces in my wardrobe and this is the perfect addition… I will wear this a lot. This will also be a great top for the spring with the cap sleeves.
I think that this would look great in a black knit with a black sparkle knit yoke for the holidays. Simple but festive…. there are so many possibilities!
I thought that I would include a pic of the entire outfit… these are my newest Ginger Jeans and while I like them better than my last pair, I am learning more each time I make them. I’m not sure if I will ever buy another pair of jeans again! They are addictive! This Simplicty 2153 jacket that was made back in 2013 and has continued to be a favorite make.
Check out all the lovely Lillian’s on the tour!!
Creating In The Gap
I really like your yoke here. I’m not keen on the big contrasts but this is lovely and as you say open to many variations. I wasn’t tempted before – but I am now!
Thank you Anne! I really needed something more subtle in my wardrobe that would work with many outfits.
I saw this pattern early this week – your version has me sold – the color which is my favorite staple now that I am grey, and also the different textures on the fabric used. I am sure you will be able to wear this a lot.
I’m glad you like it Rianna! It is quick and easy to make so I’m sure that I’ll make more, especially the cap sleeved version.
Perfect casual outfit! … perfect finish on the top and those two fabrics are brilliant together
Gosh… thank you Sasha!!
Wow, that whole outfit looks spectacular! I have definite wardrobe envy.
Thanks Sam! You’re sweet.
Such a cute outfit!! Your top is my favorite so far. I really gotta start thinking about contrasts the way you do. I always immediately think of extravagant color blocking and then hate the idea but playing with textures is just as great of an effect. Great job on the whole outfit. Love that your coat has held up for so long!
Awwww thank you Tasha! That is the nicest compliment. When I made that coat, I didn’t know how much I would wear it but turns out…a lot!
I love your version of this top!
I really like your tone on tone take on the top. It is subtle and interesting. I also like the addition of the long sleeves.
Thank you Bianca! I need to make more of these staple pieces in my wardrobe.
What a great outfit! That is very much my sort of spring/autumn weekend uniform.
Thank you Andrea!!
Wow! The top! The jeans! The jacket! They make the perfect outfit. You did a great job of combining fabrics for your top. It is lovely! Well done, Margo.
And, I was very moved by the ambition and generosity of Lillian Weber. What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Almeda!
What a great top! I love how you handled the insert making this an upgrade and very wearable casual top!
Thanks Carolyn, I’ve already worn it so much!
Your outfits are always so subtle and perfectly put-together. This one is no different! Very ready-to-wear.
Thank you Allie, this has been a go to outfit this fall.
Such a great top! I love that cream colour, so classic and I bet you’ll wear it a ton. Your jeans look great too – can you see why I love making them so much now? Once you start, you can’t stop. Ha ha!
I’m loving making jeans! They still need some tweaks but I’m enjoying the process. Thanks Heather!!
Great outfit Margo. Love your top and fabric combo 🙂
Love all of the pieces you have made – beautiful. I really like how you mixed the fabric for the top. It adds interest in a subtle way.
That top look so rich and cozy. Your jeans also look top-notch. I recently made my first pair of jeans but they need some alterations. They’re currently sitting in my “to-do” pile, sadly. With the jacket and scarf, you’ve got a perfect fall outfit.
Very chic and casually elegant, just like you! xx 🙂