how i wear it: ali’s santa rosa top

Today we have another post from our How I Wear It series. We love how new stitcher Ali is styling her Santa Rosa Top! This top is perfect for summer. Take it away, Ali!

Woman standing in hallway wearing a pink Santa Rosa Top and black jeans. The text on the image says "How I Wear It: Santa Rosa". There is additional text labeling each piece she is wearing.

When I saw the Santa Rosa top/dress pattern, I instantly gravitated toward it, specifically the top view. It looked stylish yet easy to wear. I knew it could be something I would wear over and over again. With that in mind, I wanted to choose a fabric that had a somewhat casual look and would fit into my day-to-day wardrobe. I also wanted something light and airy for the fast-approaching hot and humid Kentucky summer. On a recent trip to New York City, I picked up this very lightweight cotton voile fabric at Mood Fabrics and knew it would make a beautiful Santa Rosa top.

Fabric laying over the top of a mirror. The main color of the fabric is pink but it also has specks of black, light blue, and yellow.

Before getting started, I was not very confident in my ability to pull this pattern off. I only started sewing my own clothes last August, when I took my first class with Lyndsey at Made Stitch Co. I have made several garments since then, but I still wondered if I’d be able to make this pattern well enough that I’d want to wear it, as I am still a beginner. As it turns out, the instructions are written so well that I was able to construct most of it with ease. When I reached the collar, however, I got stuck and ended up getting assistance from Lyndsey. She showed me how to do the step I was stuck on, and my collar came out beautifully.

Close up of woman wearing Santa Rosa Top to show the detail of the collar placket and chest pockets are

Close up of a woman wearing a Santa Rosa Top

Side view of a woman wearing a Santa Rosa Top

Back view of woman wearing Santa Rosa Top

I’m wearing my Santa Rosa top with black skinny jeans and some simple canvas sneakers. I think the black jeans really allow this shirt to shine! This summer, I’ll also be wearing it with shorts and maybe a pencil skirt if I can find time to add that project to my ever-growing sewing to-do list.

Woman standing in hallway wearing a pink Santa Rosa Top and black jeans. She is looking out a window.



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  1. Ava

    Looks fantastic on you. I like that the print hides the pockets from afar.

    1. Ali

      Thank you!

  2. Cindy Cooksey

    I love that fabric, and you look great in that top! You pulled it off very well.

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