They made me do it!

It was not my fault! They made me do it!

I was going to be a good girl and stick to my sewing plan for summer which included a dress, a pair of shorts and a couple of tops. However I gave in to sewing peer pressure, bought a new pattern and made this top.


This is the Alice top by Tessuti. It was not on my list. I did really well to not buy a pattern after I saw the top Elizabeth has made (and then again and again). I don't know how, but I did find the strength to not purchase it after I saw Anna's top. But then my dear sewing friend Renee posted about hers. Before I knew it my fingers processed the payment and the pattern landed in my inbox.


I followed the advice of my sewing friends and sized the top down. This top is size XS and it still feels a little roomy. Not enough to look too big on me, however I wonder if I should go one size down next time.

I have also read that the top is pretty long. I am not the shortest woman walking around. Being 170 cm (5'7") tall I lengthened almost everything I have made for myself so far. I decided to not cut any of the fabric off so I ended up with a generous hem, which I don't mind at all.


The construction was pretty straight forward. I did not use any tearaway vilene. Instead I simply staystitched the neckline and it worked great. I did not interface the sleeves either. Understitching sleeve pieces made me sweat a little, but I persevered and got it almost perfect.


This top is made out of sweet soft Japanese cotton lawn I purchased during one of the resent sales at Spotlight. Yoke pieces are lined with white cotton voile. My husband said the top looked like a nighty. I should stop asking for his opinion about fabric! I actually really like it. In fact my picky daughter approved it, and that says something.


My dear sewing friends. I started this post by saying you made me do it. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for sharing your passion, knowledge, skills and experience. Thank you for making me want to improve my skills. I am looking forward to sharing more things you made me do!

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  1. You look lovely in it! It's quite a romantic floaty style and I've surprised myself with just how versatile the pattern is. Great work!!

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    1. Thank you Liz. Yes I agree while the top is very floaty it still is very romantic and feminine. Super comfy!

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  2. I love this pattern! You look amazing in it!! Don't listen to your husband, ha!

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    1. Thank you Mie. Nope, not paying any attention to his comments anymore :) although they are funny ;)

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  3. It is a beautiful top! I always love your pattern and fabric choices. Our tastes are very alike. :)
    Oh and yes, don't listen to your DH... What does he know about fabric and prints? :) That fabric is lovely!

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    1. Thank you Sara. I think I am developing a whole new level of appreciation towards lawn fabrics! Such cute prints, beautiful lightweight fabric.

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  4. Beautiful! Looks so good on you, love it!

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  5. the top looks great on you and it's so pretty. great job!

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    1. Thank you Magda. I cannot believe how hoofed I am on selfish sewing right now!

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  6. Beautiful woman and beautiful top!

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  7. Don't listen to your hubby... LOL!!! A beautiful top, Jenya!!! Not sure why, but we used to call these Baby Doll dresses or tops. I've always loved this style.

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    1. A top that is feminine yet covers a lot of sins ;) Gotta love it. But seriously, it is so comfy! Perfect for summer.

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  8. Did my last comment work?? Seems to have disappeared. Oh well - Love the top!!

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    1. Thanks Renee. I think Blogger was playing games with you. This is the only comment I see. The same happens to me sometimes :)

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  9. Gorgeous Jenya, I've been resisting since Renee's dont know how long I'll last now I've seen yours!!!

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  10. Oh no, you are going to make me do it! Another one on my to sew list with summer approaching (quickly please!). I love LOVE the pattern as welk as your choice of fabric!

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    1. Whoo hoo, love it how we 'make each other' make things :) I was admiring your latest tunic thinking, "Gotta make this one!"

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  11. This looks beautiful on you Jenya! And definitely not pajama-y at all :).

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    1. Thank you Abby :) it is a relief to know I won't end up looking like I just hopped out of bed rocking up to work!

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  12. It looks great on you! Definitely worth the purchase :-)

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    1. Thank you very much! Yes it was definitely a good purchase, such a lovely top to wear, and I made it myself - whoo hoo!!!

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  13. Very, very beautiful. You look great!

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    1. Thank you Annika. You are one of those people who make me sew things :) Love seeing your creations :)

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  14. That colour looks good on you!! LM is just like you! ;)

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  15. YOU inspired me to by this pattern a couple of months ago... I finally just printed it yesterday and am hoping to tackle it this week. I love both versions you've made, and I appreciate the notes- I am 5'11", so maybe for once I won't have to add length??! We'll see. :)

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    1. I totally accept my responsibility ;) Hope you will enjoy sewing and wearing your Alice :)

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