Colour blocked Day Tripper

Colour blocked Day Tripper

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Are you following my story?  I’ve sewn a colour blocked version of ShwinDesignsDay Tripper Top.  The pattern comes with two sleeve options and three length options.  I selected the long sleeve version with the shortest body length.

After a quick and dirty muslin (I say dirty as I used stained jersey that I brought super cheap with the hope the marks would come out – they did not!) I made the following adjustments:

  • Shorted the neckband piece by 3 inches and clumsily bound the neckband.  I say clumsily as it’s four layers of fabric and was near impossible to top-stitch.  What can I say?  I was experimenting!
  • Shortened the arms by 1.5 inches in three places (a total of 4.5 inches) as I was after a more 3/4 look but achieved a 4/5 look as my woolen fabric has much more drape than my muslin!
  • Left off the hem band, stablised the raw hem with fusible stay tape, turn up once and stitch down with my twin needle in thread that matched the contrast colour

What did I end up with?  A custom top that’s all that I wanted and more.  A top that could be described as a cross between Grainline’s Hemlock Tee and Megan Nielsen’s Briar!  Happy days…


What do I love about this top?

  • The fabric – 100% medium weight merino wool that super soft, warm and has amazing drape.
  • The high low hem – such a flattering style on me that I will continue to wear even when it goes out of fashion… just like Lara!
  • The relaxed fit – another favourite
  • The colour blocking – why didn’t I try this earlier?


Pattern:  Day Tripper Top by ShwinDesigns
Size:  S through the neck and shoulders graded to a M through the bust and side waist.  Long sleeved version with shortest body length.
Fabric:  100% merino wool (medium weight) from The Fabric Store
Alterations:  I left off the hem band, shortened the sleeves, shortened the neckband and bound the neckline in a different way than instructed.
Accessories:  Uimi Indiana Scarf purchased from A Quirk of Fate

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