Friday, 28 July 2017

More sleeveless shell tops

My Sleeveless Shell Top has been such a hit this summer I promptly made myself two more. Taking on board my own advice from my first version, I made a couple of tiny adjustments to the pattern: I lengthened the front curve to match the back and eliminated the centre back seam. I also used this method to attach the all-in-one facings by machine and it worked like a dream. Now that I know what I'm doing (it only took me five years to work it out...) it actually takes me less time to attach an all-in-one facing than it takes to attach bias tape and you get a lovely clean finish. I'm a complete convert!


First up is a Liberty lawn version in my all time favourite print - Carline (only available in pink at the moment). I had just one metre of fabric, which was lucky as that's all you need for this pattern! I made it during a sewing afternoon over at Tilly's and am amazed I managed to sew it without any mistakes as I was more than a little distracted by the sewing chat. It's such a lovely, colourful top and looks great with all kinds of solid coloured garments: jeans, skinny trousers, red skirts, the lot! 


The second version is made from Swiss Dot cotton*, this time in turquoise.


I used the same kind of fabric for my Malia top and it's a really nice weight for a sleeveless top - it has a lovely drape. I only had a 60cm remnant, (snapped up for £2 from Fabric Godmother last year) and it was just enough to cut out the front and back pieces. I love it when I get to use up smaller pieces from my stash like this! I cut the facing pieces from white silk cotton.


This top will probably get even more wear than the Carline one as it's a solid colour so can be paired up with virtually anything.


Three is probably my limit for this pattern this summer - I dread to think how many I'm going to make next year though! I love this pattern. x


*Every single time I type this fabric name I think of Dot Cotton from Eastenders...


14 comments:

  1. I love the floral print fabric...and the simplicity of the blouse.

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  2. So glad you're back blogging. Missed you! Love a shall top so versatile and a quick make. Always feel chuffed when I have fabric left over and there's just enough for one!

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  3. I love the swiss dot fabric; the turquoise color looks good on you. I haven't chose a favorite tank yet. I am a new sewer and I am having a hard time with the all in one facing. The threads video will help. Thanks for that. Happy Sewing

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  4. They look lovely and you look great in them. Well done with the sewing and pattern fine tuning. Thank you for sharing

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  5. Lovely tops! Thank you so much for the youtube link. I've been using the "burrito" (or as I like to call it, the "Arctic roll") method when making knickers with enclosed seams but never even thought to translate it to a "double Arctic roll" for a facing with no back seam. Hooray! Susan x

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  6. I make that front back adjustment when I make them too! Great tops Jane. Jo x

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  7. these are lovely. I have that book- will dig it out.

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  8. I have just made my first top from this pattern after reading your post. It really is a great summer top so thank you for sharing. It came together so easily and I am sure that I will make more versions in the future.

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  9. Both are gorgeous! The simplicity is perfect with the fabrics.

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  10. Beautiful tops Jane! I really love that Liberty carline. I managed to find some of the pink earlier this year and made a dress and a shell top with it. I bound the edges of the top with bias but that was before I read your interesting post about the all in one facing! Glad to know it worked well as I can't wait to try that out in the hope of getting a nice neat finish.

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  11. I love shell tops - so versatile and they go with practically anything! The rose printed one is adorable!

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  13. I love the Carline one -- I have some scraps and maybe have enough for a top just like that. The last time I looked, AliceCaroline had the Carline in all four colorways: pink, hot pink, red, and blue!!!!

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  14. Thank you so much for this post. You inspired me to try this pattern. I am really pleased with the tops I made for my recent holiday and wore all the time. I don't think I would have remembered this pattern if you hadn't recommended it in your blog.

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