Inspiration Mashup


This top comes from the following inspiration:

Like Inge, I was interested in the draped t-shirt in one of the Sewing bee episodes, and wanted to give it a try. The truth is though, I really like things to be balanced, and I knew that the drapey sleeve thing would drive me crazy and make it hard to wear a cardigan over top.


Instead, I decided to hack something similar to the Kwik Sew pattern, starting with Maria of Denmark’s Olivia Oversized Tee. I slashed and spread from the bust line down, to make one side seam longer than the other. (I should have taken pics as I did it, so just trust me that it looks like the Kwik Sew pattern!)

long side

The fabric is thin, maybe with some rayon content. It sagged sadly when I first tried it on, so I serged some elastic into the gathered side seam. It’s a little bulky, but it’s better than nothing!


Avert your eyes if you love stripe matching – I totally gave up! My pattern must have been badly traced and poorly cut out, because there was no way to make those stripes match! other collage

It’s not my favourite top ever, but it was fun to make! But most importantly – DID YOU NOTICE I’M OUTSIDE???? Sure, there are snowbanks in the background and I’m sure it will snow again soon, but dammit, I’m outside.

How do you feel about asymmetrical clothes? Love ’em or hate ’em? 

32 thoughts on “Inspiration Mashup

  1. i feel like stripes under a certain width don’t HAVE to be matched, they play with the eyes anyway! i love it with that fun necklace, and ESPECIALLY with that sunshine.

    i’m constantly making asymmetrical things and then lopping off part of it in a frenzy before heading out the door! so i guess that means i’m conflicted about it. i have symmetry issues.


    1. Hahaha – glad I’m not the only one who likes to make last minute alterations as I run out the door!!! Snip, snip, sew, sew!


  2. Hi! Love your top and the pink necklace looks great with it. Generally I like symmetry in my clothes (!) but I have a Vogue Sandra Betzina asymmetric skirt which I made ages ago and absolutely love. I’d love to try the draped top too. 🙂


    1. I was in Ottawa this week! 🙂 it’s snowing here in Guelph now… Oh well. The sun was nice while it lasted! (Wish I had worn a coat right now though – thought it was warmer!)


  3. Looks great! I actually quite like how the stripes on the sleeve go from matching to matching the opposite colour. The drape drape knockoff tee was the first asymmetrical thing I made and I like it, which surprised me because I usually love simple shapes.


    1. Hehe – let’s call my lack of stripe matching a design feature then! I’d still like to try your take on the tee, but I think that will be better for summer!


  4. Hey! The sun is/was back! It’s actually sunny here in TO, sorry it’s snowing again for you. I was kind of inspired by the Sewing Bee top, too – and they have Drape Drape at the library, so hold placed, I should see it soon. I don’t think I’ve sewn anything too asymmetrical, but I have a couple of rtw things that I love, so I may be tempted to give it a try. Your top turned out really well, with great proportions.


    1. I should look in the library here and see what sewing books they have! I”m curious to see what you end up making! 🙂


  5. The first thing I noticed was you outside, in sunshine, wearing a t-shirt! I’m surprised you’re not skipping or dancing in the shots! What a clever way to get the look you wanted, love it. Me, I love looking at a asymmetrical clothing, but like wearing symmetry.


    1. Thanks Sarah! I’ll have to report back after I’ve worn it a few times to see if the uneven hem makes me nuts or not!


  6. This looks great! I wouldn’t have even noticed the stripe matching if you hadn’t pointed it out. I love stripes! And your pink necklace looks amazing with the black and white!
    I’ve never worn anything asymmetrical really (well except for high-low hems) but I have been eyeing that Kwik Sew pattern for sometime, so I might have to give it try.
    Glad to hear it’s warming up!


    1. I like high-low hems too – which makes it funny that side to side high low seem so radical to me! I bet you could make a similar top with your Marianne dress pattern, either with short or long sleeves!


  7. Hooray for getting back outside! Your photos came out great, as did the top! I agree with the others – thin stripes really don’t need to match, and no one is going to notice anyway. 🙂 Personally I think an asymmetrical garment would drive me crazy, but I think they look great on others. Go figure!


    1. It cracks me up that every single person commenting like the *idea* of asymmetry, but hates wearing it in practice! 😛 Maybe we’re more traditional than we like to think… or maybe we just really value balance!


  8. Glad you gut a smidgen of Spring! 🙂 And as for asymmetrical garments, I must admit that I’m not really a fan. I’ve tried a time or two, but I just can’t take it. It’s fine on others though–if that’s their thing. 🙂


  9. I recently made a skirt that was asymmetrical to the max. Seriously, there wasn’t a level hemline on the thing ANYWHERE! I absolutely adore it though, from the multi-level wrap front to the angled back. It’s a blast to wear and I plan on making another one at some point in the future. As much as I love that skirt, I think a top, other than a mullet style one with a longer back, would probably make me nuts.


  10. Outside! What?! With no coat and mitts and hat and boots and and and….. jealously of your great weather aside… I love this top! I made a bamboo knit top and it sags terribly and now I’m wondering if your elastic trick would work to fix it. I am always impressed at how nicely your neckline lays. Great versatile top Gillian!


  11. Very cute top! I love the visual of asymmetry but I dislike the physical feeling of a garment that hangs differently or heavier on one side. I think if I tried to wear the drape drape shirt, I’d constantly be tugging from the feeling of one sleeve being bunched up more under one arm. Your shirt looks like the perfect solution! =)


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