Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Golden Rippy's Delilah Top

A few weeks ago, the lovely Rachel of  Golden Rippy  put out a call for bloggers to participate in her very first pattern tour (including a giveaway at the bottom of the post!!) in one of our Facebook groups, and I jumped at the chance. I haven't had the opportunity to sew much for myself in recent years, so I thought this would be the perfect excuse. In addition, I've never sewn with knits before, and, well, no time like the present! In hindsight, I also don't have much experience matching up stripes, so choosing a striped knit (from Joann's) MAY not have been the wisest move. It turned out well enough in the end, but I could still use practice.

This is a great casual top, but I've actually worn it to work as well, dressed up with some black pants. I opted not to add on the bow or flowers for my version, but I plan to make the little girl version as well (the Dalia) and will likely add a little something to that one.

I must have been subliminally influenced to choose something with a little sparkle by the cute cover photo!

Rachel's directions were really clear, and it was easy to lay out the pattern sheets with the translucent numbering and arrows on the sheets. I often have trouble finding tops that are long enough, which is why women's top patterns are appealing to me. I decided to make this one per the pattern, and quite like the length! It's great with jeans, but I could also see making one several inches longer to wear with leggings.

I did my best to keep the fabric from sliding around as I cut the pieces in an effort to match up the stripes, which was moderately successful. Not perfect, but pretty good!

As far as sewing on the stretchy fabric, I played around with many of the stitches and tension, length and stitch width on my machine, which is a basic Brother PS-1000. I've heard things about knits being difficult to sew without a serger, so I was a little worried and tested out some of the stretchier stitches. For the most part though, I ended up just using straight stitching and didn't have much trouble with it. I just made sure to adjust my length and tension enough on a scrap piece of fabric so that I didn't get any bunching or loose threads on the back side.

Overall, the sewing went really smoothly, and adding the trim along the neckline and sleeves was really simple with Rachel's instructions. The only bump I ran into was with the waistband. I got the whole top together, tried it on, and it just wasn't quite snug enough.

I had hoped for it to be tight enough to be able to stay up on my hips. (On the plus side, check out those matching side stripes! Not quite as nice on the shoulder, but oh well.) I must have lost my mind when I took it off, because I made it about 6" shorter! It DEFINITELY didn't need to be taken in that much! I did quite a number pulling on the shirt fabric to get it reattached, that when I ultimately realized I'd made a mistake in taking it in too much, I was worried that I'd stretched it out beyond repair. I cut a new strip for the waistband just an inch and a half shorter than the pattern calls for, and that was just right. Luckily the fabric bounced back after a trip through the wash!

I love this top. It's so comfortable! The drape of the fabric and the little gather at the waist give it enough shape and movement without being tight, which is awesome.

So here are the details if you'd like to make a Delilah Top of your own. The pattern includes:
  • illustrated instructions
  • six sizes  XXS to XL
  • 2 sleeve lengths
  • 2 embellishment options
  • printing guide
  • pattern layout guide
  • grainlines
  • 28 page PDF pattern download to make the top
  • fabric yardages for 45″ and 60″ widths
  • pattern pieces with seam allowances
  • professionally designed and graded pattern
Want to win the pattern? 

Prize Package & Rules

Two winners will each win:

            * 2 Patterns of your choice from Golden Rippy


The Contest Rules:

You must be 18 to enter.

You can gain entries by entering the Rafflecopter Prompts.

Giveaway ends: 8/6/14 at midnight PST.
Two winners will be chosen and announced on 8/7/14.

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Also be sure to check out the pattern on these other blogs in the next several days!

Monday- July 28

A Vision To Remember  www.avisiontoremember.com

Fabulous Home Sewn    http://www.fabuloushomesewn.blogspot.ca

Tuesday- July 29

FriendsStitchedTogether     http://friendsstitchedtogether.com/

Cozy Cape Cottage    http://cozycapecottage.blogspot.com/

Gracious Threads    www.graciousthreads.ca

Wednesday- July 30

The Sewing Geek    http://www.thesewinggeek.com/

Sprouting JubeJube    http://sproutingjj.blogspot.ca/

Thursday- July 31

My Taylor Made      www.mytaylormade.blogspot.com

Mimi's Mom      http://www.mimismom.com

Rebel & Malice  rebelandmalice.blogspot.com

Friday- Aug 1

Stitchwerx Designs   http://stitchwerx.net

E-beth Designs   http://ebethdesigns.com/

Saturday- Aug 2

Marmalade Forest   www.marmaladeforest.com

Ali Cat & Co    alicatco.blogspot.com

Sunday- Aug 3

Monday- Aug 4

Tuesday- Aug 5

Mae & K    http://maeandk.com/

The Crazy Tailor   http://thecrazytailor.com

Blogs Like A Mother   http://blogslikeamother.blogspot.com

Wednesday- Aug 6

Bebe Lambs    www.bebelambs.com

Lady and the Gents    www.theladyandthegents.blogspot.com

Thanks so much to Rachel for providing me this cute pattern! All opinions, mistakes and rambling are my own.


  1. Love your version--the stripes look great!!! I think you've convinced me that the next one I make *has* to be stripes!!! And on that note, I think the piece of fabric in my stash I'm thinking of may have a sparkle in it as well :)

  2. How did I miss this? I was also on this tour! I love it!! I am a sucker for stripes... :) And I really enjoyed your ramblings on the process. :) I always love to know people's thoughts, trials and errors, ideas, and learn through their experience.