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Perfect Shell Top

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    Linda Cutting Out Her Top Linda Cutting Out Her Top

    Sewing the tops Sewing the tops

    Mary in her perfect fitting top! Mary in her perfect fitting top!

    Jen in her almost-completed top. Jen in her almost-completed top.

     

    In September and October I taught my first Palmer-Pletsch Fit classes. Each class was 8 hours long – 4 hours on 2 consecutive Saturdays. I taught the students how to alter and make a darted shell top (McCall’s 6355). I consider the shell top a “wearable sloper.” I wanted the students to learn the basics of pattern alteration, and have a finished project to take home.

    The first class, which I taught at Creative Stitches, had only one student, who is a friend of mine. I was glad to be able to practice on her. We were able to tissue fit, alter, pin fit in fabric and start sewing the top on the first day of class. She finished the top during the week, and on the second day of class, we altered two other patterns to fit her.

    The second class, at Selvedge Studio, had 3 students. We were able to alter the tissue and cut out the fabric on the first day. On the second day, we pin fit the fabric and sewed up our tops. I taught the group how to apply a bias binding and how to insert an invisible zipper.

    I had a great time sharing my love of pattern alteration with others. I can’t wait for my next classes!

     

    Of course, I had to make some practice perfect shell tops for myself! 

    The top in green. Photo by Andrea Jones. The top in green. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    The top in blue. Andrea Jones Photo. The top in blue. Andrea Jones Photo.

    And, the top in pink. Love those quilting cottons! Photo by Andrea Jones. And, the top in pink. Love those quilting cottons! Photo by Andrea Jones.

    Back of the green top. Andrea Jones Photo. Back of the green top. Andrea Jones Photo.

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