One properly finished top, and a new one started

Hey there everyone. Well this post is a bit delayed, as not only have I finished my top I’ve been wearing it for the last two days 😂.

I came home from my parents and unpicked the zip. I had marked with pins how much I wanted to take in, so then tacked the zip on using my machine. I thought I’d check it before properly top stitching it in place and discovered that although it fitted nicely i’d obviously not sewn it on evenly, so the zip caused bulges down the side. Well that’s not the look I was going for, but I discovered that the top had enough stretch in it for me to take it off over my head without undoing the zip, so then I unpicked the zip (again) and just sewed the seam together. And this is what I ended up with (excuse the weird pose – like a cormorant drying its wings – I didn’t want to obscure the sides with my arms!)

As I say, I’ve been wearing it yesterday afternoon and today and it’s really comfy and goes great with leggings. I still can’t quite believe I’ve made a top from a pattern. Thanks to my mum for helping me to get started and encouraging me to keep going even when I thought it would be too hard.

And now I’m actually feeling a bit confident with the whole dressmaking thing, and have gone ahead and cut my material for the next thing which is a dress by simplicity.

Material for the top part and the orange for the pockets
Material for the lower section

I’m super excited about this one, just nervous it will be too small. Cotton doesn’t stretch!

24 thoughts on “One properly finished top, and a new one started”

  1. It looks fab Julia ❤ and it really suits you AND it’s flattering… double 🙌
    I have that pattern but I haven’t used it yet. It’s by Dottie Angel. She use to have a blog and I miss her lovely posts.

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    1. Oh thank you so much 😊. I did find it a bit tricky, but that’s mainly because it was the first pattern I’d ever followed and it had lots of techniques I’d never done before. But the hardest part was cutting that slippy material! I have lots of it left over if you want your top to look the same as mine?

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  2. your top really fits well and looks so much better with black leggings lol.
    New fabric look perfect for the second pattern you plan to tackle – hope it all comes together with no trouble.

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      1. I might actually buy that dress pattern for myself if Jaycotts have a Simplicity sale on anytime soon. I love the way several fabrics can be mixed & matched – it appeals to the patchworker in me.

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  3. This top is lovely! I think it is very flattering (the cormorant stance really helps us see it!) and I think it looks so much better in this pic than in the ones in the previous post! What a sense of achievement it must be to make something wearable!

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  4. Your new top looks fantastic! I wish I could make clothes like that. Your new pattern and that fabric look great together. I look to seeing the finished piece!

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  5. Love the new Top! I would be wearing it all the time too! I look forward to seeing the progress of the dress! great fabric in both pieces! You are inspiring me to go get some more fabric! I had already been thinking about it, then I see all the lovely items you are making, I may have to go today! Have a wonderful weekend!

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