GPOYW New Orange Top

The spring weather here lately lit a fire under my butt to make this orange print top. I have been wanting a pullover top with a shirttail hem for a while now, and orange is just everywhere I look. It’s the color of the year, don’tchaknow? A month or so ago, I bought some orange eyeliner that’s in heavy rotation, but I’m thinking I need more orange in my life.

The fabric is from fabric mart from a while back. I originally bought it for lining, but I had just enough left for this top. Many others have used this fabric, including Carolyn, Elizabeth, and the costumer for the latest Muppet Movie, where it features in the final scene.

I only had the idea for this top when I was picking up the kids from school yesterday, so when I got home, I quickly sedated them so I could look through my Burdastyle collection to find a pattern with cut-on sleeves that could accommodate a shirttail hem. I found a good pattern in Burdastyle 8/01. It might be for knits, but my copy of this particular magazine is in Russian, so I can’t really tell. I wanted it roomy, so I cut it a couple of sizes too big. The pattern is long sleeved, so I chopped the sleeves off. The pattern also calls for a side zipper, but I pinned it together and tried it on, and when I saw that I could get it over my head, I omitted the zip. I lined the front in self fabric, but did not have enough to also line the back, so the back has a contrast silk charmeuse lining. It is taking me longer to write this post than to make the top.

Anyway, I finished it last night and I’m wearing it today and I like it. I also made the skirt a couple-three years ago.



  1. Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    Does the self lining on the front show through print wise? I really like this top. It looks super comfy. And of course, I love the fabric. 😉

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think so. It’s such a busy print that it would not matter anyway.

  2. Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Not sure why my log in is referring back to my old blog. Annoying.


  3. Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Orange eyeliner?!?!?! I’m out to see if I can snag some! I love orange (and am very sorry that it’s trendy right now because next year it will not be so trendy) and your top is great, and I love how you’ve styled it! I haven’t seen the last Muppet movie, but I’ll look out for the fabric when I do…

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The product I’m using for orange eyeliner is Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in Orange. I could not find a good brush for it. All the liner brushes I tried made a too-skinny line, so I ended up getting a brush at an art-supply store. I wanted to do an orange eyeliner blog post, but all the close-up photos of my eyes really show my age. I did not have the guts to put one up here.

      • Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

        LOL! I TOTALLY understand about closeup photography of the eyes!! Thanks for the product tip. BTW, maybe one or both of your daughters would be happy to be the model for said post? 🙂

  4. Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i still love this fabric. it looks awesome as a shirt here 🙂

  5. Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love the way this print looks in a simple top. And another reason I need to see the muppet movie. I am currently working on an orange and white top. They are great colors for spring!

  6. Posted March 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love it! There is never enough orange.

  7. gwensews
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love that print and the top looks fabulous with that white skirt!

  8. gwensews
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love that print. And it’s orange–what’s not to like? It looks fabulous with the white skirt.

  9. Erika
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can’t believe I’m the first to comment this – but what’s the emoticon for “guffaw”? “I quickly sedated my kids …” how many times have I felt that way?

    If we were more used to seeing wrinkly eyes, maybe we’d see them as beautiful.

    thanks for sharing!

    • Posted March 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Many, many people (including me) “read” blog posts by scanning the pictures and lightly skimming the text. It is possible that you are the only person who read that sentence. Thank you.

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