Hi! I have been so ready for SPRING! Now that the flowers are finally blooming, I had to find some to use in my photos - how amazing is this hedge of lilacs?! It's like a floral explosion!!! A perfect background to this otherwise very plain make.... oh wait! The back is actually awesome:

This is a dolman sleeve knit top, with criss-crossing draped back pieces and a tie across the top. The drape comes from pleats on the side seam, and the hem has a really nice line. The top is more fitted than I expected from the front. I added 2 inches in length.

For this pattern, I used a wonderful gray modal knit from Joann's. It is originally about $25 a yard, which is too pricey for me, but I found it on a great sale and bought... 5 yards! I have enough for a top, a dress, leggings, and who knows what else? This is the kind of fabric you could live in! Super soft and silky, but with a bit of heft and totally opaque. It was great to sew with as well!

Here are the details:

Pattern: Simplicity 1463 Knit Top - View B

Fabric: Simples Luxuries-Solid Gray Modal Poly Spndx - Joann's

Sizing / Alterations: Made size Small (10-12) - Lengthened by 2 inches

Construction Notes:

- Instructions are very easy to follow and understand
- The front neckline is finished with a neckband, topstitched down, and the back is turned and topstitched (I used a double row of very narrow zig zag stitches
- The sleeves and hem are finished like the back edges
- My back drape is somehow on the wrong side - doesn't really matter, except it doesn't match the illustrations in the directions, so I had to read everything opposite - no big deal :)

The Verdict: This is one of my most favorite tops I have made! It is such a great fabric, and the pattern is very cool. In fact, it is so awesome that I have one to give away to you!!!

The Giveaway: One NEW copy of the Simplicity 1463 Pattern (Sizes XXS - XXL). The other designs included look pretty cute too! To enter, you do need to follow/subscribe to this blog in some way - please indicate in the comments how you get your dose of the quirky peach. The giveaway will be open until Friday, May 23rd, with the winner announced soon after. Edit: The giveaway is open internationally! Thanks for reading!!!