George and Ginger Edgy Top
George and Ginger Pattern Co is easily one of my favorite pattern groups. I love that these are not your run-of-the-mill patterns. These are designs that stand out and get noticed . . . or, to use a phrase that my husband has used sarcastically ever since I introduced him to it: they're the perfect "pop piece". And the new Edgy Top is no different!
Check out the three I made over the course of testing. Whenever I test a pattern, I obviously have to make at least one . . . if I have enough time, I always make two . . . but to make three?! That's how you know I really love it!
This is the first one I made. Three-quarter sleeve option, with no flounce, from brushed poly. The Edgy top comes with four sleeve options-- sleeveless, short, 3/4 and long. And since you only need one sleeve, this is a great fabric saver! I was actually able to get both of my blue floral tops out of some bigger, awkwardly shaped scraps that I had leftover.
I was so excited about the flounce option on this top. I think it's so fun! You can use the flounce with or without sleeves. Here, I did the sleeveless option with the flounce, in a light-weight cotton lycra. Instead of hemming the flounce, I added a lace trim.
I don't even want to tell you what my two boys and I went through to buy that trim. Going on President's Day with two toddlers in tow was not a good idea. It's going to take at least a year for me to get over my embarrassment and show my face in our local Jo-Ann's. Toddlers and Jo-Ann's. Not a good mix.
ANY WAY! I love the addition of trim on this one. You could also use FOE in a fun color to add a pop of something bright. Or, if you're using a fabric like brushed poly, you could easily leave the trim unhemmed.
Finally, I made one more from this GORGEOUS strike off from Smoogie Fabric and Design. Honestly, I feel like I BEGGED the fabric host to let me sew this round-- I was desperate to get my hands on these. I LOVED all the florals she was offering, but especially the fun stripes and polka dots she designed to go with them. For this one, I hemmed the flounce and added a strap on the bare side. I wanted to change it up a little and make it easier to wear a normal bra. I cut a strip of fabric about 2.25 inches by 12 inches (I wanted it plenty long enough), and sewed it, right side's together, down the long side. I turned it rights sides out, and then put my shirt on, while wearing a bra that I'm likely to wear with this top. I pinned the strap to the shirt exactly where it needed to be to cover my bra strap. Then I turned the shirt around and pinned it again, making sure the strap wasn't twisted. I cut off the excess and sewed the strap to the seam allowance. Voila! I think it still looks super cute, and is perhaps a little bit easier to wear if you're nervous about special bras.
This pattern is an absolute winner! And let me tell you, it is a FAST sew! Having only one sleeve really cuts down your time, plus the top band goes on easier than a neckband, so I'd definitely call this beginner-friendly. I love fast and easy sews that have a high-impact look! I plan on making a dress version very soon.
Speaking of . . . if you have a little girl to sew for, G&G collaborated with Ellie & Mac on this one! G&G offers the women's version, while Ellie & Mac has a super sweet girls' version, that includes a dress option. Check it out here.
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