A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tootsie Revisited

Time out for a project can change perspective and this holds true for the Tootsie Top.  
I was very ambivalent about the first version. I let it sit and posted all about how I perceived this top for my body.  The response I received about the top has prompted me to remake this in a plain viscose lycra knit.
I made a few changes - firstly I added to the side seams by about 1cm (and forgot about adding to the diagonal pattern piece side seam! so had to ajust slightly on that side seam.) and changed the back neck facing and ended up folding it over after completing the shoulder seams for a cleaner finish - Anne does it much better on her version.

I also was much more careful to mark the knotches and used my favourite tailors tack method.   The seams went together easily once again using the chain stitch but this time I sewed the tucks closer to the edge (0.5cm) and I like the effect better.

I made the sleeves longer but as I have very short arms had to fold out in a couple of places as normal. The fabric is cool to wear and I can see myself wearing this out in the evenings.

I am still not so happy with the neckline and would prefer it a little lower to deflect away from the chins LOL but it still is not to bad.  I much prefer the plain one colour version but I wonder what it would be like as a colour block version? Or is is that too yesterday?


                                                                 What do you think?

I have changed my mind about this pattern but am not sure how many Tootsies one needs in the wardrobe.

I have made multiple Anne Tshirts and continue to make more for this year but that has become a TNT for me.  One factor for me is the difficulty getting an easy and clean finish at the neckline and shoulder on the Tootsie.  What is it about a pattern that makes it a repeat candidate?

As I probably will not make this pattern again I have drawn out Dorothy's name to send the pattern and fabric.  So if you could email me at jacquiannehooper at gmail dot com I will get the fabric and pattern away to you.


  1. Jacquianne, I can't thank you enough for gifting me the Toosie pattern. I hope I can do a good job putting it together. I love both tops and hope you'll enjoy them.

    1. My pleasure Dorothy, I look forward to seeing your versions.

  2. Congratulations! Both of them are lovely. Happy sewing and wishing you a good weekend :-)

  3. I love the stripey business!

  4. Very nice job. An interesting top. I like both versions on you.

  5. Very nice! I believe that shade of blue is the Pantone colour of the year for next year too!