Tuesday, 3 June 2014

New and Improved

This is the new top I've made which I mentioned in my
previous post. I was busy cutting and sewing on Wednesday
evening and finished it in time to wear on my birthday
the following day.

It is slightly different to the other two summery tops I've made.
It's longer so it's more like a tunic and instead of using bias binding
I've sewn a facing on the neckline and armholes. When I say 'facing'
it's really more like a lining, but it works a treat. I have seamed,
neatly finished edges plus they were quick to do too--hurray!

Towards the end of the evening I was too tired to make a thread
loop so decided to just put buttons on either side of this little slit
at the back instead. I think it looks okey. I've also altered the shape
of the armholes so they fit better and they do.

Here it is worn with a pair of leggings. I really like this 'Galloping
 Horses' fabric from John Lewis. They were two remnant pieces which
 I bought for £11. Not a bad price for a new top!

I think it's safe to say you'll be seeing more tops here in the 
coming months, especially now that I've discovered 'facings'. 
I keep learning as I go along and so many things are new to me
 so it's all very exciting. As always I'm already looking forward
 to making the next one. I might try adding a Peter Pan collar
 like Virna did with her beautiful dress. We'll see!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're all having a
great week. Back soon!


  1. So pretty, black and white is always a stylish choice, and the horses are so sweet. And the red necklace is a great pop of colour!

  2. This is fabulous Marion! Love the fabric, and it's the perfect length to wear with leggings. xx

  3. Well done! You've obviously caught the dress-making bug - there'll be no stopping you now!

  4. It's gorgeous! I love the fabric, it's great. It looks great on you and I love the red beads you have accessorised with. Looking forward to seeing your next creation!
    Marianne x

  5. It looks really great. I love that fabric, it's perfect with black leggings and that necklace. It's great to find a pattern that you can go back to time and time again and change a little each time. x

  6. Hello, so pleased to have found your blog via Marianne's. I love your pretty top and I have just been reading some of your previous posts, your revamp of the spice rack is gorgeous! I look forward to following you from now on. Sarah xo

  7. Gorgeous top....I super love the fabric you used. Your red necklace goes very well with the colour of your fabric. Job well done!