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My Love Affair with New Look 6781: The True Story of a Real Tried and True Top

I hadn't done any garment sewing for three years before I busted out my sewing machine to sew up some COVID masks.  After making about fifteen of those, and finishing up a quilt top, I felt confident enough to try a bigger project.  Time to revisit one of the first patterns I ever used: New Look 6781.  I made two versions of this top back in 2010.  I can't believe it's been 10 years since then!!

I used stash fabric: a stripe from the Loominous Wovens collection by Anna Maria Horner.  This particular fabric was one I had been saving for a special project.  I decided that the first garment I made for myself after a three-year hiatus counted as a special project.
What I didn't anticipate was the extra challenge that the stripes were going to present!  I should have known better!  After strategically placing the pattern pieces, I barely had enough fabric to complete the project.

Indeed, I hit a snafu with the self-fabric ties in the back.  The fabric was a little too fragile …

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