Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A Sleeveless Top

 

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!

 

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34 comments:

  1. Hello Marianne!!
    It's gorgeous!! I love the fabric choice. When I first saw it I thought it was the Sorbetto top but it is just brilliant that you've been able to trace the pattern yourself. That's what I did last year for my daughters using the web I mentioned in the past (craftiness is not optional) as she seems to use old tops as the basis for new tops.
    Great success!! Have a lovely day! Pati x

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    1. Hi Pati and thank you for your lovely comments...I always enjoy reading the comments you leave me, you always have something interesting to say. I really love the craftiness is not optional website you directed me to....she has some great ideas. I am definitely going to make a couple of tops for my daughter using these methods as well. Have a great week!
      Marianne x

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  2. I think it's fabulous and the fabric is so pretty, and looks especially lovely with the pink cardi. I know that feeling when you just have to make something there and then, whether it's practical or not! XX

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  3. Wonderful, the fabric is delightful and goes so well with the pink cardi and jeans, I bet you could really dress it up too. Such a versatile top. Have a great day.

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  4. Wow! That top is gorgeous - and fits you so well! I can't believe it's your first attempt. Obviously you have a natural talent there. Looking forward to seeing more clothes here now, then..... :-)
    Carly
    x

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  5. Love it, obviously, you clever skinny bilinky! Jo x

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  6. How very gorgeous Marianne, and you looks so fabulous in it too. Oh my what gorgeous skin you have girl!! You must be so chuffed, I know I would want to wear it all week, even in bed! Well done you! I have a mountain of sewing waiting for me, for now though, I am still catching up. xoxo

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  7. It's gorgeous ... and so pretty as a complete outfit with your cardigan and jeans ... Bee xx

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  8. Love it and it looks great with the cardy xx

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  11. I would so wear this and I like the fabric you picked. Well done you X

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  12. I think it looks great! Love how the pink cardigan highlights the pink from the flowers - it looks really pretty. Maria x

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  13. It is a lovely top Marianne, well done!

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  14. Hi Marianne! Your top is gorgeous and it suits you really well. I have the same issue with mine regarding the armholes-they're also a bit loose and I'm also planning to make some changes in the pattern before I make the third one. But it's quite exciting being able to make something that you can wear--I've always thought dressmaking was something beyond my skills, and now I know it's not. Let me know how your 'practice sewing' goes. And thanks for mentioning me in your post. Have a lovely rest of the week. x

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  15. That looks amazing for a first attempt an gorgeous fabric - you're a natural! I've been looking at dress patterns this week and wondering whether to have a go. Now I'm tempted even more! X

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  16. You've done a great job Marianne, very brave without a pattern to rely on! It's a lovely fabric and I love how your gorgeous cardigan picks up on the peachy colour in it - ah, I see Maria has already mentioned that, never mind! Enjoy your future makes and your fabric shopping .. .. yummy! xoJoy

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  17. It's so pretty and it looks lovely on you. Well done!

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  18. Lovely :-) I think you're on a roll now
    Tracey xx

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  19. It is very pretty, and how great that you made/are making your own pattern! Love your fabric choice, very springy! xx

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  20. It's lovely Marianne, very pretty fabric and well done you for just going for it! Jane x

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  21. That is a thing of real beauty. I love it you have a great figure. How clever you made it with your own pattern

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  22. Looks great! I have made several sleeveless tunics for my little babe, but have not attempted any for myself. Glad you were brave and just went for it - that is my approach to sewing also!

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  23. It is a lovely top, I have been sewing a bit myself and love it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  24. It looks so pretty Marianne, and it just shows that when you just go for it, great things can happen!
    Lovely fabric too!
    Gill xx

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  25. No sleeveless things for me but yours looks great on you, it really is a very pretty pattern.

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  26. It's lovely, and you look fabulous in it. Well done :)

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  27. What a beautiful top! You are so clever! I've been hyper busy, so I'm just catching up on your latest news...I'm so glad I didn't miss this! The fabric is soooo pretty...Chrissie xxx

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  28. Well done, you can add clothes designer to your list of talents. The fabric is really pretty and you model it well.
    S xx

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  29. It's really, really nice. The pattern and cut suit you perfectly and it looks great with that pink cardigan. Who cares about the imperfections, I can't see them! x

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  30. I love the top! The fabric is lovely. I'm in the middle of trying to crochet a copy of as cardigan that I bought for little miss h when she was 9 months old - its getting there but will definitely have imperfections - I like to think that they are what make it special!!! Emma x

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