Sugar Pop Top Sneak Peek + Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe

Hi friends! First off, things around here may be a little quiet in the coming month (as you may have noticed this week!) I am frantically prepping for Quilt Market in May (ONE MONTH FROM TODAY!) and just received my production fabric to start sewing! I have a trip planned to Ikea (yahoo!) today to pick up a few items for my booth and then on to some more sewing. I am actually not as stressed and/or overwhelmed as I thought I might be. I have a good grasp of what I want my (part) of the booth to look like and now I just have to implement it all! I had a couple of cloth banners printed (waiting on their arrival!) and I am so excited about them! Feeling like a big girl doing all of these things I never dreamed I’d be doing. It’s a fabulous feeling. :)

Moving on to the point of this post….

Today’s post is kind of a three-fold post. One, to show you one of my first drafts of my newest pattern, the Sugar Pop Top; two, to share with you some gorgeous fabric by Frances Newcombe; and three to talk about the pattern drafting process through an online class I am taking from Lauren Dahl.

Sugar Pop Top // SewCaroline.com Sugar Pop Top // SewCaroline.com Sugar Pop Top // SewCaroline.com Sugar Pop Top // SewCaroline.com Sugar Pop Top // SewCaroline.comSo first off, the pattern. This is my newest design in its infancy stage. I wanted to create a top that was great for Summer, but wasn’t so simple. SO I added cap sleeves and a Peter Pan collar. In the final design, the sleeves are actually a subtle flutter sleeve, BUT as I’m looking at these photos, I’m thinking I may keep the simple cap sleeve as an option, too. What do you think?

Next, THIS FABRIC! Have you seen Frances’ most recent fabric line, Safari Moon, with Art Gallery? It is full of VIBRANT prints and gorgeous colors! I chose to go a little more subtle route in my fabric choice, but it is all the same, lovely. I love the shades of blue she chose and I love how it relayed on this top. I mixed two prints for the collar/sleeves and top and I think they pair quite nicely together. Check out her blog here. She is SO creative and honestly one of the nicest people I’ve ever “met”. Can’t wait to actually meet her next month :)

And lastly, but certainly not least, Pattern Workshop. I am enrolled in Lauren Dahl’s online course, Pattern Workshop, where I am learning to digitize, draft, grade, etc., etc. patterns in Illustrator. It is mind blowing all the things that this program can do.. and Lauren is basically a genius at teaching it. The course is built around text and video lessons that walk you step-by-step through basically everything you need to know. There is also a private Facebook group where the students can interact, ask questions, etc. It has been amazing all the things I have already learned. And guess what? The Sugar Pop Top above? Drafted and graded digitally by moi! 😀 The version above was before I tweaked a few things, so It’s not the final product, but I am pleased with how easy it all real was. If you’re AT ALL interested in learning to digitally draft and grade patterns for personal use or for sale, I would highly recommend this course!

Well, folks, that is all I’ve got today! If you wanna keep up with my Quilt Market prep, follow me on Instagram!

xoCaroline

12 thoughts on “Sugar Pop Top Sneak Peek + Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe

  1. I am still learning about different fabrics so I love that this is PIMA cotton as opposed to quilting cotton. I am slowly using different types for different projects but this would be perfect for tops, like you said for the summer! Now if I could just find more rayon challis, lawns and cotton linen blends for the Tank Dress!

  2. I’ve been wanting to use a couple of her fabrics for a tank dress. Just need more hours in the day! Your new top looks great on you!

  3. Do you need to be an experienced sewer to take the online pattern drafting course? I would really love to learn how to draft for personal use but really don’t know where to start. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    1. no, not at all! in fact, the drafting portion doesn’t require sewing.. until you need to test your pattern. it is a great launching point!

  4. I love the bob-flutter version of the sleeve. I thought the flutter sleeve + Peter Pan collar might be a little childish for me, but this is perfect. Please keep it!

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