So, I have been inspired by blogland yet again....
I few days ago I was catching up on the lovely blog My Two Girls. Marion had made a really pretty sleeveless top here. Marion didn't use a commercial pattern, but made her own using a top she already had.
So, on Monday night I looked out some pretty fabric, a sleeveless top from my wardrobe, set up the sewing machine and basically just went for it!
I love the fabric I used for this top, it's very forgiving as you can't really see my wonky stitching and there is quite a lot of wonky stitching! Because I just had to make this top as soon as possible, I didn't have time to get any bias tape, so I just stitched along the arm and necklines instead of using bias tape like Marion did.
For a first attempt at a top, it's not bad, although there are a couple of issues with the fit - it's a little loose at the shoulders and under the arms. However, with a pretty cardigan over the top, these little issues are hidden! I always, always wear a cardigan anyway as I feel the cold....it would need to be absolutely scorching for me to wear a sleeveless top on it's own and scorching weather is pretty rare in Scotland!
I really, really enjoyed making this wee top. It was quite a challenge for me and I am determined that I am going to get the fit just right...I plan to spend time perfecting the pattern and fit using an old sheet. Practice makes perfect as they say! Then at the weekend I will be heading off to my local fabric shop to buy some more ditsy floral fabrics. There will definitely be more of these tops in my future!