Monday, December 24, 2012

Maria Denmark 103 Day to Night top

I had this cut out and put aside until I saw Sew Busy Lizzy's version and got to it straight away! Its a very quick sew (I made it in about an hour before lunch with the in-laws), this is a sz XXL with sleeves from my Macaron dress added but no other adjustments. Its a tad too long, looks nicer tucked in so next one I'll hem a bit shorter (or leave longer to wear over leggings). I have a fair bit of lower back excess too, but its a knit top and it doesn't really bother me (I'll think about adding a centre back seam next time).

I used the clear elastic method on the back neckline. The other cowl neck tops I've made had a self fabric bias strip on the back neckline and I found after wearing them all day they feel like its stretching out across the shoulders. The clear elastic already feels nicer to wear.

The instructions are really good, coloured pictures and nice plain language.

The fabric is a very thin, rayon blend knit from I left it a bit loose as it tends to cling to every lump and bump. The fabric has the colour grading stripes through it, it would have been nice to match the sleeves to the pinker stripes but I only just squeezed them out of the fabric (the tops very economical, only need just under a meter to make the XXL).

This was my first time using these patterns and I'm pretty impressed. I have the Winnie Trouser pattern sitting on my cutting table ready to go next!


  1. You can whip these tops up in the mere blink of an eye! Love the fabric colour and style on you ...J

  2. Lovely top - fab fabric. Looks great on you.

  3. Had I had this cut out and ready to go, I would have jumped on it too after seeing Lizzy's! It's a gorgeous pattern - I think cowl neck's are universally flattering. It's lovely :)

  4. This top looks just fab in all your pictures! I just love a good cowl neck :)

  5. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! Love the fit and the fabric!

  6. Hi Suzy
    Thank you for a great review - and I love that fabric! You are one of the four first reviewers of the Drape top, which means you’ll get to pick one MariaDenmark pattern before March 1st (so if there isn’t something you’d like right now, you can wait for the spring patterns) + I’ll need your postal address to send you your surprise sewing package (which I’ll mail in mid January)! Please e-mail me your address at maria (at) mariadenmark (dot) com

  7. This looks great! I love your fabric choice too.