Finished Cielo Top in Kaffe Fasset

I’m tickled to death with my finished Cielo Top. I had some Kaffe Fassett fabric on hand and feels thinner than typical quilting cotton to me, in fact it’s thin enough I don’t think I’d care to use it in a quilt.

But it has a nicer drape to it, and while Kaffe’s fabrics would never be my cup of tea for a quilt, I could go crazy with them for clothing!

I again used the mock Hong Kong seam finish and I really love the way it looks on the inside as well as the outside of the garment.

This time, I chose the bias bound neckline and like it so much more. The pattern suggested that the facing was the easier option, but not in my opinion. I struggled with it, whereas the bound neckline was a piece of cake.

I bound it, and the sleeve cuffs in a contrast fabric.

I added two and half inches to the length of the top, and tapered in the waist on this a bit from the pattern. I wouldn’t mind it being a bit more fitted, but I’ve yet to learn to make those alterations, and I’m pretty pleased with the fit of this as is.

I’m looking forward to trying the pants pattern I bought from the same company, as the instructions were absolutely outstanding.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Susan

    I’m interested in the mock Hong Kong finish. How is that done? What size SA do you start with? And do you stitch from the right side or the inside of the garment. Thx. I like your use of Kaffe fabrics.

    1. tinksquared

      It’s a 5/8th nick seam allowance. The raw edges are simply pressed under to the seam line, then top stitched from the inside of the garment. I like it better than both French seams and real Hong Kong seams, but obviously keep in mind you’ll see the stitching on the right side of the garment.

  2. Chris

    I’m not a fan of Kaffe fabrics, but that top is gorgeous!!

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Chris! I need some wild pants to go with it so I can rock the crazy old lady look. 😂

  3. Liane McConnell

    I’m a big Kaffe fan and didn’t consider using them for clothing. Your top is gorgeous!

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Liane! Kaffe fabrics feel a bit thinner to me than say, Moda fabrics, and appear to drape nicely for clothing. I definitely will try them again.

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