I have a couple of lovely fabrics that would be perfect for this top, but I wanted to test the fit with something I wouldn’t mind losing, if things didn’t turn out well. As it happens, I am delighted that this gorgeous lawn cotton has finally found a home.
This fabric has been crushed in the bottom of my stash box for over 18 months, an early purchase from MacCulloch and Wallis at the start of my sewing career. I swear to goodness, I don’t think there was more than half a metre of this. Several times I’d considered chucking it – what was I going to do with this scrap of fabric? – and now I am so glad that I held on to it. There is a reason for stash boxes!
This is Colette Patterns’ recent free download, to be found here. Several beautiful makes of this top have already appeared in the blogosphere. I’m not surprised they were quick to be seen – this make takes about two and a half hours from cutting out the fabric to final stitch. For me, that included the time taken to painstakingly sew together about ten strips of fabric for the self bias binding. Honestly, I used up every last inch of fabric and managed this by the skin of my teeth.
- Please DO check your print out against the test square that’s supplied. Your test square should measure 4×4 inches when printed out. Mine measured 3.75 inches. So I went up a size at cutting out. I’m really glad I did. Just a smidgen of difference and I think this top would have been on the too small side.
- Length – keep an eye on it. I added two inches to the length of the top. This is a shortie, so if you don’t like short, adjust accordingly.
- Don’t let the simple design fool you into rushing. Remember, with simplicity there’s nowhere to hide – any mistake will scream for attention. Go carefully and step away from the sewing machine if the bias binding is making your teeth clench. Get a coffee. Have a shower. Then go back.
- French seams, french seams, french seams. This make demands them. There’s not a raw edge in sight on this make. This top should still be going strong in ten years time.
- This top is highly adaptable. I can see it with jeans, shorts or a skirt. If going on a sun holiday or to a music festival, I’d run up several of these to chuck in the suitcase.
Here’s a close up of the pleat detail:
It’s a winner!
In other news, I finished an Erika Knight knitted cushion cover last night:
I’ve been in a real knitting lull, so I’m glad to have finally finished something. You can’t beat a knitted cushion cover to remind you that you can actually knit. There’s no fitting required, just constant, reassuring cable repetition.
What are you up to this weekend, peeps?