This isn’t a recent make – it’s one of my very early makes from November 2009. I was only two or so months into my sewing career. Wowee! Can you believe I worked with this slippery eel fabric as a novice? I’m so pleased that I’m still pulling this top out of the wardrobe on occasion.
The arms look a bit gappy here and I do tend to wear this as a base layer beneath cardigans. But the gape is entirely down to the drape qualities of the fabric, not a fault of the pattern. In a stiffer cotton this wouldn’t be a problem. There should be three ruffles instead of two, but I was squeezing this out of a metre of fabric.
The fabric was bought from John Lewis. I love the print. It doesn’t need ironing – just pull it out of the washing machine, hang it to dry and you’re good to go.
The pattern is Simplicity 2599. You’ll have seen it a lot on blogs and for good reason – it’s an excellent basic shell with some nice ruffle variations for a touch of something unusual. Remember the fabulous version made by Stitchywitch? I love ruffles. My best make of this top was in a grey satin cotton with black polka dot:
Here I am, wearing it with a make of the Burda Jenny skirt. (Grey wool sadly shrunk when I threw this skirt in the washing machine without stopping to think.) The top looked fabulous, but wow, did those ruffles need ironing. So my advice is: buy a fabric that doesn’t crease.
Hasn’t today been gorgeous? I spotted these flowers during my lunchtime stroll and just had to snap them. The sap is rising, I can feel it. My sewing fingers are itching and twitching to make things grow. Specifically, outfits growing around my body!