I have a love affair with stripes… Big ones, little ones, variable sized ones, multicolored ones and apparently ones with flowers now (I’m beginning to sound like Bubba Gump – a wonderful film reference for all you Forrest Gump fans)! I have yet to meet a stripe that doesn’t catch my eye (if you’ve seen pictures of my family’s Christmas Jammies – you would be a believer). Well, this is one of those cases where I made a top that couldn’t be more me… A stripe, with another type of stripe, with flowers on top — oh yeah!
I’m not sure when Shwin Designs released the Kaleidoscope Top and Dress – but I’m so sad I may have missed some sort of introductory sale! I had this vision in my head of combining two fabrics from two different shops, into a lovely easy to wear top. Pairing the main large stripe with the floral (it’s called Harper and can be found on the So Sew English site linked here) and the 1/2″ stripes I bought from Knitpop ages ago (and already used for a sleeveless top here) worked out perfectly. I mean – when you find yourself with at least 20+ yards (total estimation, but assuming I’m right?) of stripes throughout your fabric stash – you definitely #stripeallthethings!
According to the pattern listing here:
The Kaleidoscope pattern has a unique flutter sleeve, which allows for some fun pattern mixing with the color block style. In a top or maxi dress style. The maxi dress has elastic at the waist to ensure a nice fit, and optional in seam pockets.
Both are designed for knits and are so comfortable to wear.
This is hands down the SIMPLEST top I have done in a LOONNNGG time! I fit squarely into a size small for bust and hips and fall into a medium for the waist, but I could see this top had plenty of ease, so I just sewed a straight small with adjustments for my short torso… I did select an XS neckline and I believe that was the right decision.
Year of the sleeve? Indeed…
The sleeve and side panels are an all-in-one piece. This means you only cut out 4 main pieces and a neckband – I mean come on, could it get ANY EASIER??? I almost decided to put a band on the bottom because… Well,…
Lazy seamstress here It would make for another amazing color blocking opportunity – but I wanted to make sure I highlighted both fabrics and did them justice – without having too many elements compete.
I don’t know if you can see it, but the drape on the flutter sleeve is perfect! In the DBP fabric, it moves in the breeze as I walk – without being too large or overwhelming. It’s a very subtle detail that doesn’t overwhelm the whole shirt with heavy sleeves – and from certain angles you don’t even notice the flutter. I left the sleeve hem raw, but don’t anticipate any issues given that the fabric is pretty stable. BONUS that it makes a quick shirt EVEN FASTER!
I found the perfect footwear to offset my gladiator sandals that I have worn in almost every single photo for the last several months! What do you all think of the Keds? I haven’t had a pair of these since high school! They feel like the perfect – casual but not bulky/busy running shoe for the summer.
Running into a little neckline snafu
The one detail where I didn’t follow the pattern was the neck binding –
I am so impatient and sewed the binding inside rather than outside Of course I totally mean to have a clean finished neckline with a hidden binding – it’s a design detail! I think it works right now given I didn’t need an exposed binding neckline with more stripes – it would have been too much!
All in – definitely worth the $12 I paid for it! I can easily see at least 1-2 more of these in solid colors so they work a bit better into my wardrobe. What colors would you give a try? I am thinking a lovely white stretch crepe knit version and possibly a nice green?
Have you checked out the Kaleidoscope Top yet? Or perhaps you are using other patterns to show off your design ninja skills – mixing and matching all the stripes, florals and other prints? Share what you are up to in the comments!