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Friday, April 29, 2011

Liberty Crochet Collar Top

All my careful planning has come to an end and I present to you:

withering stare in the crochet yolk top
The Liberty Crochet Collar Top

That's what I'm calling it, since I'm entering it in Rae's Spring Top Sewalong.

After crocheting the collar, I went on the search for the perfect fabric. I originally planned to use a vintage sheet, but none of them really popped. And then I found this Liberty of London scarf. I bought it last year at Target (Liberty for cheap!), and I loved the pattern, but the drape was just not working for me. It was much to voluminous to be worn as a scarf - it was strangling me. So it was relegated to the fabric stash, and has now found new life as a top.

back detail of crochet-yolk top

My first attempt was a complete fail - I cut the body of the top much too large, and it looked... horrible. Like a mumu, but short. I let it sit for a day or two - let my frustration subside - and then ripped out all the seams and started again. 

front detail of the crochet yolk top

I cut about 5" off the sides and added a curve to the neckline and back. I gathered the fabric in the front to give it some shape, since I decided against darts. It's completely lined with muslin, so there are no facings. And this time, it worked. 

hem detail
Muslin lining - Can you tell which hem was sewn by me and which was sewn by the nimble-fingered (machine) employees of Target?

The next version will have a thicker collar (better to hide the bra strap), but other than that, it's perfect! I'm planning to wear it with high-waisted skirts - a favorite summer time look that combines the hippie look with a 1930's aesthetic. 

untucked crochet yolk top
And look how good it will look when I'm pregnant*! I will probably never wear it like this.

These pictures (except the hem close-up), were taken by my lovely sister, Meghan. And why do I look so unhappy, you ask? Because it was really bright outside, and my eyes are extremely sensitive. I swear - I like the top, sewing, and Meghan, despite my expression.

*I will not be pregnant anytime soon, Mom, don't get excited.


  1. So CUTE! When I worked in the costume shop in college we used to say "Anything worth making is worth making twice!"

  2. I love the way it turned out! It's really cute.

  3. Love the idea of remaking a scarf into a top-- I've also been wanting to revamp vintage bedsheets too but haven't found the first project yet.

    The crocheted collar is perfect on this and it looks smashing tucked into the skirt.

  4. that looks amazing! sooo fresh and summer ready!

  5. It turned out really cute!!

  6. It turned out so cute! Love that collar. You could have a whole line of tops like this, with different fabrics and crochet motifs. Love it!

  7. Oh, I love it! The crocheted collar really looks spectacular.

  8. love it. Greetings from Argentina

  9. Replies
    1. Did you sew as you crocheted? Or after the fact? I have 2 dresses I want to do this to. :-) great idea!

    2. I crochet the whole collar as one piece, and then I sewed the whole bottom of the top as one piece, and then I attached the collar at the very end. Hope your's turns out cute!

  10. I love this. !!! I am inspired. What yarn did you use?

    1. Thank you! Unfortunately, it's a mystery yarn that a friend gave me that had no ball band. Something synthetic and not stretchy!


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