Lou Box Top

Sometimes it seems like everyone in the entire sewing community has made a pattern, except me.  That was the case with the Lou Box Top by Sew DIY, until now!LouBoxTop-2I actually made this as a muslin.  I have some super amazing fabric from the new Miramar collection from Workroom Social that I recently picked up.  It’s my worst sewing nightmare to use my awesome fabric and then have whatever I was making not fit.  Gah, the horrors!  Well, the more I thought about it, the more I realized this could actually be a great wardrobe staple.  So, I went all out, and used this pretty fabric I had bought last year with my daughter in mind (she doesn’t really like pink anyway, so it’s ok).   I used french seams where I could (just the shoulders), and turned and stitched down the others.
LouBoxTop-6True, there may be some technically incorrect strategies used here, but overall I think it turned out pretty well.
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I used this method from Grainline for the neck binding.  I prefer the finish it gives over the double fold method recommended in the pattern.  I actually made a “mistake” and used the binding piece provided in the pattern, even though I knew it was to wide for this method.  This has to be my most common sewing mistake.  Forging ahead, when I know something is wrong/will probably not work out.  I ended up having to go back and unpick the neck binding, trim it down, and reattach it.  It really didn’t take that long, but it was silly all the same.  Really hoping that seam line washes out…Now I just have to decide on a button!
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I sewed up view C with the curved hem, in the XXS.  My husband said no pocket, but I overruled him, and I’m glad I did.LouBoxTop-1
I think it looks nice with my wrinkly Morris Blazer too.  Which is good, because the weather is wacky, and I need so many layers to get through the day.LouBoxTop-4Pattern: Lou Box Top by Sew DIY
Size: XXS
Fabric: Lyocell/Linen Blend from Joanns

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