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Tops to wear with skirts
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Date: 6/4/13 12:40 PM

I plan to wear more skirts this summer as they are cooler to wear & easier to make than pants. Problem is, it's harder to find a top that looks good, as I don't want form fitting. I want to cover the tummy, but not look like I'm wearing a maternity top. The loose fitting tops that look good with pants do not look good with skirts. Any suggestions?

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Date: 6/4/13 1:25 PM

I find that tops with skirts need to be a bit shorter than those with pants, and they need to be a bit fitted at the waist if you're not tucking them in. Otherwise you end up swimming in fabric between the top and skirt, and it's not very flattering.

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Date: 6/4/13 1:57 PM

BJ, I use New Look 6911(and shorten the sleeve) and New Look 6867. Also See and Sew(Butterick) 5171. I don't know if any of these patterns are still in print, but you can get the idea of what I use. Butterick has another one I think is still in print, 3037. Most of these patterns, described the top as a "jackets" but I use them as more of a blouse. Like Harriet mentioned, they look a little better if they are shorter, when wearing a skirt. I have shorter ones for my skirts and some a little longer for my dressy slacks. They look form fitting on the pattern envelopes, but you can give them as much "comfy room" as you want.

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Date: 6/4/13 2:02 PM

Timely question, I was just wrestling with this today. I am wearing a linen skirt, and ended up wearing a long Coldwater Creek top over it. The top is a bit more form fitting than the skirt, and it balances the fullness of the skirt. And balances the fullness of my tummy, I think...

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Date: 6/4/13 2:05 PM

Hi Beverly, I 'm wearing a skirt and top today using these two patterns:

Simplicuty 4951 for the skirt


M 5890 View C for the top

The top is princess seamed and has teeny cap sleeves. It works as a top for skirts and I usually wear a little sweater over it to cover my arms from the sun.

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Date: 6/4/13 2:17 PM

I think that you don't want the shirt/top to end at the middle of your tummy. My understanding is that will emphasize that area.

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Date: 6/4/13 2:22 PM

Very good topic question because I seem to have this dillema when putting together a skirt and top...sometimes nothing seems to work. I think I need more form fitting tops like marec suggested.

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Date: 6/4/13 2:39 PM

More form-fitting, but woven fabrics, I would think, that skim over your problem areas rather than clinging to them.

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Date: 6/4/13 3:01 PM

Quote: Laurie Lou
like marec suggested.

Kate?

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Date: 6/4/13 3:08 PM

Quote: JTink
BJ, I use New Look 6911(and shorten the sleeve) and New Look 6867. Also See and Sew(Butterick) 5171. I don't know if any of these patterns are still in print, but you can get the idea of what I use. Butterick has another one I think is still in print, 3037. Most of these patterns, described the top as a "jackets" but I use them as more of a blouse. Like Harriet mentioned, they look a little better if they are shorter, when wearing a skirt. I have shorter ones for my skirts and some a little longer for my dressy slacks. They look form fitting on the pattern envelopes, but you can give them as much "comfy room" as you want.

Thanks for recommending specific patterns. That helps a lot. Looks like Butterick 3037 is still in print & I like it. Now, I need JA's to have it on sale. Yeah, looks like they're on sale this week-end!

And thanks everyone for your suggestions. Very helpful!
-- Edited on 6/4/13 3:23 PM --

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