Bonding: The Acid Trip Top B5889

We’re in full ‘revolt’ mode here at Windows to Wearables!

Having a house on the market is NO fun: What do you mean dining rooms must look like DINING ROOMS?  That’s my favorite sewing spot!  * Sigh *

Having put in several months keeping things show home tidy, with sewing off the table, house neatly ‘staged’…I said ‘enough’!  One must live one’s life, no?! Add to this
daughter #2’s interest in sewing and this project was born:

The “Acid Trip” Top:

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 Laughing at the fabric yet?  We were, too!  Here’s the thing: She loved the pattern, wanted to use a knit…however, the pattern called for wovens!  Having learned from the wonderful Mrs Mole that using knits where wovens are requested can yield crazy results, we resolved to search out a woven…preferably something with a nice, drapy hand!   After looking at all the options (and there weren’t many!), this one was calling her name!  We jumped in with both feet & hauled this crazy piece home!

This pattern was great for beginners: lots of straight seams, no darts, no zipper, no buttonholes…easy peasy!  Daughter #2 quickly traced her pattern onto plastic (ok, she’s not as precise as I like to be, but got the job done!)  We had already compared the measurements of the finished garment to her shape, and things looked good,
so onto the cutting!

Let me say here that I LOVE my new rotary cutter!  Best. thing. ever.!  Made short work of what can be a tedious process.  Thank you, JoAnn’s 50% off sale!

After a couple days of sewing, learning the importance of becoming friends with your iron and following simple pattern directions…TA DA!  The Acid Trip “Top” is born!


As the title implies, we intended this as a top…but when our lovely model tried on her new ‘top’ for the first time, it was dress length!  If you’re making this pattern, check the length, as the ‘tunic’ length ended up ‘dress’ length – at least on my 5’9″ daughter!

She loved the open shoulders – easy top-stitching, just like the attached neck binding!


We cut a ‘medium’, but overall it was pretty roomy.  We took some serious seams up top to get things right.  Serves us right for not taking the time to make up a muslin first!  Had our fabric been more expensive, we’d have added that step…but as it is, this became a ‘wearable muslin’…yeah, that’s right…our plan from the start! WINK WINK 😉

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Doesn’t she look amazing?  OK, so you can see that it’s a bit roomy around the middle, but she can wear it over leggings belted as a tunic!  So versatile as well as easy to sew!
Win. Win.  Not to mention super fun!

Sewing Thump on the Head #9:

  • If you’re going to trace your patterns onto plastic, be sure to take time to do it exactly!  A little haste, and you might run into what we did:  a narrowed seam due to hurried tracing!  Apparently, our pattern shifted, even though it was weighted down with lovely canned goods…!  Take it slow, and remember to transfer ALL the marks.

*** Someone else may have a better way of tracing patterns.  If so, please feel free to post under comments – we’d LOVE to hear how you do it!

UPDATE:  Since discovering how easy using Swedish Tracing Paper makes everything, I now use it exclusively to trace my patterns.  Makes life MUCH easier, and the roll lasts a long time!  I found mine on Amazon.

Best part of this project?  Aside from the fact that I was treated to several fun days of being with my lovely daughter, here’s the biggie – what all of us who sew strive for:  The Acid Trip Top/Dress made its debut over the weekend to RAVE reviews!  Everywhere she went, people wanted to know where she’d bought it!  Warm fuzzies and much love for her first project!  Success!

As to the pattern itself, Butterick 5889,…she would definitely sew it again!  Adjustments to be made:  narrow the top a bit, add a little room in the hips for the dress length (the tunic is meant to have split side seams!).  All in all a fun, quick pattern to sew!


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8 Responses to Bonding: The Acid Trip Top B5889

  1. mrsmole says:

    Love that top and as I am old enough to remember acid trips and psychedelic fashions…it just takes me back to the 60’s! Pin your pattern to the gridded interfacing on a bolt at JoAnn’s to keep grain lines straight and as that stuff is tough but see-through you can also trace over your pattern or pin on top and trim around it.

    • admin says:

      It definitely has that 60’s vibe! Daughter is enjoying it, and I’m thrilled that her first project was such a success.

      Love your tip on using the gridded interfacing! I’m going to look into that. Someone else mentioned using interfacing to fuse pattern pieces onto, but I hadn’t thought about TRACING the pieces onto it. Something else to try…especially since working with plastic pattern pieces and very sheer, silky fabric is not very user friendly – as I’m finding out on my current project!

  2. prttynpnk says:

    Oh, I cant believe I missed this- i love it.

  3. Cheryl – she looks darling! You sew so well !!! I’m not surprised at all that it received rave reviews! :)

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah! She was so happy with it, and had fun during the process…what more can you ask?! She’s excited to make another – and I’m ready to try out my new sewing room!

  4. Zoe says:

    What a great dress for a first project! It would be super cute with a belt too. As for patterns, I’ve never tried this but I know someone who buys the cheapest (and worst quality!) sew-in interfacing and traces her patterns onto the interfacing. She says she just uses a regular vivid or pen, it’s easy to pin and can be rolled/folded up and lasts much longer than paper.

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Zoe! It was a fun, relatively easy project to start on…and best of all, she LOVED the results! I love your idea about using interfacing! Mrs. Mole reports that the gridded (didn’t even know they MADE that!) interfacing at JoAnns is super for this! Will be buying a bunch with my new batch of coupons :)

Comments, tips & ideas always welcome!