Sunday, April 10, 2016

Textile Studio Basic Top

Now this one is a blast from the past. Textile Studio was a pattern company and fabric vendor of the 1990s-2000s owned by Marcia Day, who hired Loes Hinse to design her pattern line. Several years latter, Loes Hinse went out on her own and founded her eponymous pattern line, which is still in business.

This pattern is copyrighted 1998, so it's probably one of the original patterns from the line. I'm not sure how it ended up in my pattern stash--ASG? I rally don't recall. However it ended up with me, I'm so happy that it did! Even though this is an almost 20 year old pattern, it's a classic in the true sense of the word. And can still be found online--a Google search located it at Vogue Fabrics!

I wear a lot of separates, and I'm always looking for tops that will work with the cardigans I frequently wear at work. This pattern is perfect for the little tops I was looking for. So far, I've made it up twice, once with long sleeves and once with 3/4 length sleeves (my variation, not in the pattern envelope). Here they are on the dress form:

And on the hoof:

The color is not true in either photo, but the live shot is a little closer than the dress form version. A long ago purchase from Fabric Mart. The black top with blue, turquoise, and lime is from Cutting Line Designs. I bought it from Louise at one of her shows..

The main change I made from version 1 to version 2, other than the sleeve length, was to drop the front neckline by 1/4" inch since the original neck was a little hard to get over my head (no closure on this design).

I'm sure I'll be making more of these! It's a great layering piece that can also stand on its own. I haven't made the short sleeved version yet but that's coming.

SewWest Closet: Black Not Your Daughter's Jeans and Vigotti wedges, both old.


Coco said...

What super pretty tops!

Martha said...

Great tops. Love the prints and the classic styling.

MaryEllen said...

Love both versions

Mary said...

These are both lovely-I really like the classic lines.

NancyDaQ said...

Thanks everyone! I'm glad you agree that these are classics that have stood the test of time. It's so great to have a go-to pattern for wardrobe building.

sdBev said...

Question. Do you know if, other than the necklines, is there a difference between this pattern and Loes Hinse 5203 Cowl Top and 5208 Bianca? I love the later two but thnk they are so similar I fit 5203 and use the neckline of 5208.

NancyDaQ said...

sdBev, the cowl top is a knit and the Basic top is for wovens. I'm not sure about the Bianca, but it's also for knits if I recall.