Well, I know I've said it before... but I will say it again - I really have neglected my poor blog. I really am trying to organise home, family, home sewing and everything in between to get more balance and it feels like I'm getting there - which is the important thing - and I hope that this will mean I will get more blogging and sewing for my girls done.
I'm going to change a little about my home sewing and selling to minimise custom orders and move more towards selling ready made one of a kinds - the custom order sewing is really taking away from sewing for my two princesses and lately, sadly, it has been sapping some of the joy I normally feel from creating and sewing handmade items.
But anyhow, moving on....
A couple of days ago I was digging around the shed in a half hearted effort to sort some boxes that have remained unpacked for over a year now. This is one piece of clothing I found...
I made this top over 4 years ago as a maternity top when I was pregnant with Big Little Miss M. But I wore it today (as above) and really think it doesn't look too bad as a regular kind of top. Being no slim svelte waify model type I also really like that it's kind of a cover up for any lumps and bumps!!!
It is the most simple top to make and here's how you can turn 2 metres (or 2 yards) into a fabulous top (this in fact be enough fabric for TWO so you'll have a spare or one for a gift)...
You can make this with so many different types of fabrics - jersey, sheers, cotton voiles, lace or like I have a knit - although it will hang better using light fabrics.
- Take 2 metres (or 2 yards) of fabric.
- Fold in half so your fabric is now 1 metre (or yard) doubled over with right sides together.
- Cut in half lengthways (parallel) to the selvedges (this now gives you the fabric for the two tops)
- Measure approx 50cm (19.5") along top edge (with fabric still doubled over R/S together) and sew a 10cm (4") seam to create the shoulder seam
- Hem the neckline opening
- ....and if you're fabric doesn't fray or need hemming, that's it - YOU'RE DONE!!!
- If it needs hemming just hem all the open edges or get creative and use bias trim (I've got the other half of mine with bias packed away somewhere...)
|Belt or no belt - I think I prefer the belt... when I was pregnant I always wore this without one though|
Such a quick and easy sewing project that I think I will have to whip up a couple more!
All my measures are approximates and can be changed up to make the top longer etc... with only a few modifications this could also be made into a dress (might have to give this a try when the weather warms up).
So, get creative - add some trims, bias, a brooch or buckle, a yo-yo or embellishment or two!
Hope it inspires you some as it really is such an easy, quick sewing project that I think is flattering on most figures (please tell me if I'm delusional and suffering some body dysmorphic issues - as I think it looks alright!)
If you have any questions about this tute or want a little more help or explanation with it please feel free to email or comment. (What makes sense to me, sometimes makes sense to no one else but me☺)
Cheers & hope to be back soon with some more tutes/refashions! ☺