Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fancy Tiger Sailor Top + Pattern Giveaway

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I remember one time in maybe 2009 when my then co-worker Rhea called me over to the computer and showed me the blog of a craft store in Denver called Fancy Tiger. "THIS," she said, "THIS is how you do a craft store." Since then I've spent many an internet minute pining, ogling and swooning over Fancy Tiger's yarn, fabric, window displays and general inspiring awesomeness of businessladies Jaime and Amber.

Fancy Tiger Sailor Top

So needless to say I'm happy to be today's stop on the blog tour for their first garment pattern, the Fancy Tiger Sailor Top. The pattern is available in print and PDF form, AND it's being released as a Creativebug video, so you can see Jaime and Amber in action!

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The Sailor Top is a raglan sleeve top with a gathered neckline and sleeves. Bust size range goes from 32-45". The construction is pretty straightforward, and this little number whips up in just a couple of hours. The pattern has instructions meant to be helpful for beginners. I can see this as a good first or second garment for newbie sewists, but even for those with a bit more chops it would make such a pretty silk or rayon blouse.

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The fabric I used is a beautiful and dreamy voile that I got from a local shop called Textile Fabrics. I actually bought it when I came to Nashville spontaneously for a weekend when I was thinking about moving here. The selvage says "Ascher Studio."

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Because the voile is slightly sheer I decided to do french seams everywhere. [And then I was reeeeaaally excited to take a sheer-garment-against-sunlit-window picture.]

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I have decided that raglan sleeves are my current favorite thing. They are just so easy to put together and I find the lines really flattering. The Sailor Top sleeves are finished with a facing, which I really like. I'm weird about sleeves [usually just in my own head, but now you all know] and hate sleeves that are too small/tight/dainty because I feel like a more substantial sleeve balances out my arms. And the wide faced hem does that!

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I'm wearing my Sailor Top tucked into a Colette Mabel Skirt. I did take a few pictures with jeans on in case you're wondering what it looks like untucked.

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The hem is pretty substantial to match the sleeve facings, which I like. I do love a good'n'chunky hem.

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I cut the size small. I didn't do a muslin, and when I tried it on before I stitched down the yoke facing, the back yoke was gaping on me. This is a common thing for me because I have narrow shoulders, especially with something like this that's more straight across and boatneck-ish.

So I did a quick little fix to solve the problem, which you really can't see because of the print. I took two little tucks in the back yoke. They're kind of like little mini fisheye darts across the yoke and yoke facing. Here's what they looked like before I sewed them:

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They totally snugged up the back yoke for me! I tried to get a picture of them on the finished shirt, and you can really only see it because the fabric marker ink is still there [haha]:

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So now on to the giveaway...one lucky ready will get a free PDF copy of the pattern! Just leave a comment telling me what kind of fabric you're envisioning using for your Sailor Top. Make sure your email address is either in your commenter profile or in your comment. Contest is open until midnight EST Oct 31.

If you'd like to see some other renditions of the Sailor Top - and have other chances to win the pattern! - here's the rest of the blog tour dates and destinations:


Monday, October 27th - A Verb for Keeping Warm
Tuesday, October 28th - Miss Make
Wednesday, October 29th - Workroom/Make Something
Thursday, October 30th - Sew Bon
Friday, October 31st - Very Shannon

Disclaimer: I received the PDF pattern for free in return for participating in the blog tour. All opinions are my own.

100 comments:

  1. This is such a flattering pattern! I would use one of my grandma's floral cottons that I have in my stash.
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  2. Hello from Switzerland!
    I've been a reader for a while, first time posting a comment.... Love your top. Great fabric choice, very flattering! I would sew this top using a great Liberty print that I've been hoarding, waiting for the perfect pattern, think I found it! Thanks! Ana tissusandco@gmail.com

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  3. I have some hoarded Liberty in navy (with deep royal accent colors as flowers) that I would use! :) strug34@gmail.com

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  4. Love this - your version is gorgeous. As to fabric - hard - I have some AMH rayon 'Coordinates' in teal, and some Kaufman chambray indigo which would be lovely too :-)

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  5. This is lovely. Chambray dots would look very nice, I think.

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  6. It's a lovely top. I've got some nani iro double gauze that would be perfect for this.

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  7. I have a plaid voile that would look lovely in this. I definitely need this pattern!

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  8. This is so perfect, I've got a few pieces of fabric waiting for a simple pattern like this! I have some black cotton lawn with white bunnies :B

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  9. I have some remnant pieces that I'm dying to use and this looks like a practical make for them!

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  10. gah!! it's so cute!! i love the fabric you chose and the french seams make it look so professional. just clicked over to creativebug, where i have a subscription, but had kind of forgotten about!! thank you!!

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  11. This pattern looks like the PERFECT thing for me to finally use some of the printed silks I have laying around. I would love to win a copy! :D

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  12. I love this pattern, so cute and classy. I would make this in a dreamy floral rayon. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh, I love this pattern! I have a couple smaller pieces of silk that would look lovely made up into this top...

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  14. It's such a pretty pattern with a lovely shape. I think it would look great in a bright breezy cotton for summer, but a big part of me wants to see it in a lovely flowing crepe!:)

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  15. I rally like the fabric you chose and this is such a loooovely blouse! I am eager to try this!
    I have seen recently a raglan sleeve top made with stripes and everyone knows it is so hard to match stripes on such patterns, but it was really intriguing. I have the perfect striped silk/cotton blend to try it.
    fingers crossed! :)

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  16. Oh I love that pattern and your version is made with such a gorgeous print. I'd probably have to make it up in some polkadots. It just screams cute polkadot top. :)

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  17. Cute! I love a raglan and wide hems too. I really like the red and white triangle fabric of the sample in the shop, just bought something quite similar in Mexico so I'd make it with that.

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  18. This is adorable! I have a really cute ditsy floral print that would look great :-)

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  19. What a cute top! I would love a chance to win a copy! I probably would make it in a few solid colored tana lawns or silks. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. This is too cute! I could see myself making this from a cute dog print cotton to wear to work!

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  21. So cute! This would look great in a floral lawn I think.

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  22. I have a great print in my stash perfect for this top! Triangles and...I'm not sure at the moment, but well it would be cute!

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  23. Love this top! I would make this in a chambray or a lawn with a delicate print.

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  24. Ohhh wowie this is too cute!!! I would love to see it out of a beautiful Liberty of London Lawn!!

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  25. I loved this pattern! I would make it with this cotton lawn that I have on my stash for ages!

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  26. Hi Devon!
    My colorful zebra light cotton fabric would be perfect for this pattern! ;)

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  27. I am feeling very ready for fall these days even if LA is not. I think I would want to do something like the Acorn Trail Voile ( http://www.fancytigercrafts.com/fabric/birch-fabrics/acorn-trail-voile ) to balance my dream of cooler weather with the reality of 80 degree fall.

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  28. I would love to use some crazy print that I can balance with a black skirt to make work-appropriate.

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  29. I've got some amazing printed cotton lawn that's been burning a hole in my stash for quite some time... I think it wants to become this top...

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  30. Would look great in the new Allison glass fabrics! Also nice in some solid linens.

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  31. You are just adorable. I'd love to make this for myself in some voile also.

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  32. Beautiful! I think I'd make it in a floral rayon.

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  33. This top is really cute! I just got some Anna Maria Horner voile that this top would be cute made up in.

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  34. Very lovely top! This pattern is perfect for a beginner like me! I imagine it in a light white cotton with blue swallows - I saw this fabric in a online store and it was love at first sight!
    Thank you for the giveaway and fingers crossed!

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  35. Super super cute top! I am really into raglan sleeves right now as well. I'd have to make this in a soft rayon challis!

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  36. I just scored some pretty vintage yellow and white floral fabric from a garage sale!

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  37. I have the perfect wide red stripe cotton lawn laying around needing to be used for this! I also think this is a pattern that would work really well into a dress by just tweaking the length and waist a bit!

    emilybowie2 at gmail dot com!

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  38. French seams everywhere!!! Wooo...nice top!!! For me, I love linen. Simple and comfortable. :D

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  39. Yay! Way cute. I think I might splurge on some nani iro for this top.

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  40. Your voile version is beautiful, suits the pattern so well. I think I'll use some nano iro...

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  41. I have some red crepe fitting this cute top. Maybe I can add some beads to neck area...

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  42. So cute! I would totally make this with a nice navy/white stripe knit. :)

    alisoncastaldo at gmail dot com

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  43. Nice pattern! Would try this in a ponte (for winter) or a bold abstract print on a navy blue background for summer.

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  44. Ooh this is a lovely pattern & I love your version! I keep saying I don't need anymore top patterns but have so many fabrics that would look great with this pattern. Top of the list is a navy & white triangle print voile.
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  45. Great pattern! I just came home with some organic cotton that would be great for this pattern.
    wildrosemom2000 (at) yahoo (dot) come

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  46. Hi Devon!
    Great pattern. I have this great silk crepe de chine that would look great. I also have a ton of voile that I bought from Sew LA that would look awesome. I hope you love Nashville; you certainly look great!

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  47. Wow, it's just a simple yet cute top..! I love it, I would love sewing it with chambray.

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  48. I love this shirt! I would probably use a flowery cotton fabric.

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  49. I really adore the fabric you chose to make yours in. Another option I'd choose is a white eyelet. Then I could wear a colored (or white) cami under it. This is a very cute pattern!

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  50. I have a stash of some silk crepe that I'd love to use for this pattern! Kbrinsonizj (at) yahoo(dot) com.

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  51. Voile.
    Thank you so much for the chance at the PDF pattern of the Sailor Top. I've been seeking one for me to wear w/both casual skirts and dressier skirts. This is perfect!

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  52. I would like to try making this great pattern out of a voile. Thanks for the chance!

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  53. A lawn or voile would be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. I think this would look gorgeous in silk!

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  55. I would love this in a crepe but more realistically I'd probably make it in a piece of Liberty quilting cotton I already have in stash. I also love a chunky hem! The weight of it seems to balance the yoke really well. This blouse is so lovely on you!

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  56. I have a double gauze in a tiny black cat print that would be perfect for this pattern!

    I just found your blog about a week or two ago, read all the way through it - you are an inspiration!

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  57. I'm dying to try this in the Allison glass fabric! And maybe a double gauze of some sort... I may need to make a few :)

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  58. Love fancy tiger!! Used to live in Denver and now whenever I visit I make time to stop In and drool :) this is a great pattern your version is lovely. I think I would use a vintage leaf print from my stash its silk like and would wool well crysta.petittatgmaildotcom thanks!

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  59. I'd love to make one (or four or five) out of shot cotton or chambray.

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  60. I'd love to do a version in a pretty voile too and one in an emerald silk.

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  61. This is my favorite version I've seen so far! I spotted a cool abstract print rayon the last time I was fabric shopping but restrained myself - maybe I'll have to go back for it to make this pattern!

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  62. I could see myself in that top - looks very cute. I have some silk fabric that would be very cool to use!! mumbird3atgmail.com

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  63. This makes me want to whip out my sewing machine and break me out of my nonsewing funk! I am in need of some pretty patterned tops. :-)

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  64. What a sweet top! I have some lovely chevron fabric from Cloud 9 that would be perfect for this.

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  65. I love the fabric you picked! Super cute top!

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  66. What a great pattern - I love the fabric you used!!

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  67. Such a lovely top! And thanks for the tip about taking in the back, that's very helpful. I'd love to make this in rayon. Thanks! jen@jenhsieh.com

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  68. Too. Cute. I would make this in a plaid voile for fall (nice rhyme).

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  69. Would love to make this in a silk-cotton blend, with french seams 'cause yours look so lovely! Thanks for sharing.
    - Jess (jess.b.daniels@gmail.com)

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  70. I think a rayon challis might be pretty for this top. I love the raglan sleeves as well.

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  71. I love this pattern - I have some voile hoarded for such a top!

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  72. Love it. I have some vintage sheets I'd love to use to make this.

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  73. So lovely! Would love to use fabric with a nautical theme, like anchors or sailboats! nnonaihr@hotmail.co.uk

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  74. I would buy some summer fabric for this top. Thanks. julie.mckay@xtra.co.nz

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  75. such a sweet top. looks great! I would use one of the cute plaids I've noticed in my local fabric shop.

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  76. Your top is so cute! I think I'd use a pink voile from my stash.

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  77. I can see Liberty lawn. Sweet and simple.

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  78. I have some great flowered lawn that I can totally see as this adorable top!

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  79. Something lightweight with soft drape like your voile is perfect! So many lovely fabrics spotting from last weekend's Quilt Market pics that I know there will be too many choices in lawns, voiles & linens hitting shops soon ;-)

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  80. Oh my goodness! Loooove the fabric you used! Was thinkin a sweet cotton knit I have..small floral print..might work nicely?

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  81. I adore this top and I really want to make one from a voile or lawn! Perfect summer top (or fall topped with a sweater!). Thanks for the chance to win-- Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  82. I love how you dress this blouse up and down. Beautiful.

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  83. Ooh, I can see doing both a voile and a rayon challis version. It looks so pretty and versatile!

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  84. Thank you for the chance! Your top is lovely!!! Love this pattern! I would love to sew it in some Sis Boom fabrics. :)

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  85. Yours is perfect! I'd make mine in hoarded Cotton and Steel lawn. :)

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  86. Cute top!! Thinking some great organic cotton I just picked up!!!

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  87. It seems to me that this pattern is so versatile and can work fine with different fabrics and can be either casual and elegant

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  88. I'm excited for the cotton and steel double gauze to come out next year and think this top would look dreamy in the stripe version, if I win there is no way I could wait that long to make it myself so I think I'd whip it up in a fun voile that I have stashed for a Wiksten top lol

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  89. Raglan sleeves are my favorite thing too at the moment! I love your fabric choice, I have some printed viscose in my stash that would be perfect for this pattern :) purplepleats(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. I would love to make it in a cotton lawn--something from Alexander Henry's Lake Hollywood collection.

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  91. I have some liberty lawn that has been languishing waiting for the right shirt pattern, and I think this might be it! After a careful muslin of course, I've learned my lesson!

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  92. I have some beautiful nani iro woven in muted blue with little flowers scattered across. It would make a beautiful sailor top to wear with jeans :)

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  93. I have some crepe de chine with little birds on it that would be fabulous for this top. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  94. Hmmm ... not sure. Something soft and flowing.

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  95. So dreamy! I have some lightweight cotton from Pendleton's annual sale and this pattern is its perfect mate!

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  96. Lovely make ..Thank you for the giveaway

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