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DIY batwing top

How my inspiration comes to life…………………..

When strolling pinterest I happened upon a top that was completely my style.  I loved the slouchy silhouette, the sleek and simpleness was my aesthetic all together.

When I spot a piece of clothing I like, almost instantly recall a pattern I have that can be altered to make my inspiration come to life.

I have over 400 patterns and oddly enough, I can recall every one of them which makes the inspiration to reality process quick and seamless.  Because creating a pattern from scratch beginning to end is a lengthy process, this allows me to whip up looks I love weekly.

The pattern used for this top was Butterick B5791 view A with the following alterations:

-Removed the flap V-neck and added a square neck

-Added 4″ to the length of the upper front sleeve

-Added 2 folded over pleats to the front

-Added elastic to the waist and wrists

-Added a graduated taper to the sleeve slope (see image)

The fabric used for this top was this heavy weight black & white herringbone suiting   from Moodfabrics.com which is a stiffer drape with a stretch, perfect for structured dresses and maybe even a lined coat.

The pants were made a while back here

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  1. Lora Davis
    March 2, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Thanks Nikki for sharing your design process…just beautiful:)

  2. Katharina
    March 2, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    As always, great job. I have not dared yet to use heavier wool fabric for a top like this, i am worried it would be too itchy on my skin.
    Did you line it to prevent itchiness?

  3. Nikita
    March 2, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Thanks for the information. I love this top. Can you please make it for me? When are you releasing your pattern collection?

  4. Donne Elbert Mills
    March 2, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    Thanks Nikki! You showing your pattern alteration process gives many the courage to try it on their own. What I love about your aesthetic is your spot-on fabric choices, which fit my aesthetic as well. Editorially, the fabrics and resulting looks are superb. You can’t go wrong with beautiful fabrics, classic colors and great pattern selection/alterations!

  5. Debbie Ambrose
    March 2, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing . I think I’ll try this as a dress…wish me luck!!

  6. Jennifer
    March 2, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    This is gorgeous!!!!!!! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing the alterations too!!

  7. Brenda
    March 2, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    You have such an amazing eye! I would’ve never see this from that pattern.

  8. Tiffany
    March 3, 2016 / 12:27 am

    you should create this for McCall as a pattern I love it …can’t wait for your patterns

  9. Brittany Jones
    March 7, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    I love it, and your alterations!!

  10. March 9, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I absolutely adore your style!Perfect top!

  11. July 3, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I love it. Thanks!