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Dotty Viscose Gypsy Swing Top

I had a good old chunk of this lovely monochrome dotty viscose left over from making my Nancy Dress and it’s been eyeing me up from my stash for a while now. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it as it is a great viscose challis, nice and matte with a beaut…

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Dotty Viscose Gypsy Swing Top

I had a good old chunk of this lovely monochrome dotty viscose left over from making my Nancy Dress and it’s been eyeing me up from my stash for a while now. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it as it is a great viscose challis, nice and matte with a beaut…

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Free Sewing Pattern – Simple Boat Neck Top Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern – Simple Boat Neck Top Pattern

PATTERN DETAILS This long sleeved, simple boat top can be made in only one hour –assuming you have a fully functioning sewing machine.  The top is comfortable to wear and very functional.  It can be worn in a wide variety of settings and complements all kinds of different looks. The simple boat neck top pattern […]

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Hadley Top from Grainline Studio in White Linen

Hadley Top + Morgan Jeans // Closet Case PatternsNext up in my series, “A million things I have sewn and not yet blogged”: the Hadley Top by Grainline

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McCalls 6794 top and some Eleonore jeans

I love a quick knit top, which is probably why my dresser is full of them, but there is just something a little classier about a top made from a woven fabric. It stops being “just a tee shirt” and, even in a casual, easy wearing style, becomes somethin…

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Ottobre 03/2014-16 sparkle tee!

My sassy girl recently outgrew her entire tee shirt drawer (conveniently timed for Top Month!), and there was much weeping and wailing as I “made” her get rid of many of her favorites. I told her to choose a few for me to recreate for her. One of those…

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Argentum

The fourth, and most definitely not the last version of this top, Burda 105 from February 2016.  This is the result of a nice big stash bust!  In moving fabric from the original stash position in my bedroom cupboard, to it’s new home in the guest room cupboard (until it has a “permanent” home in … Continue reading “Argentum”

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More summer wardrobe staples: Ogden Cami + Flint Pants

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case PatternsBefore I leave on vacation for a few weeks (much, much needed although Alexis is on duty if you need

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Chambray tunic top with bonus sparkle

This is one of those projects where I finish it, take some pictures, take a look and think “it looks better on the dress form than when I wear it.” Perhaps taking photos in the bright sunshine wasn’t the best idea – but hey it was 4th of July and I had a barbecue to get to!

Or maybe one of those items that looks better in real life than in the photos. Actually I think that is it. Although my sister did give me one of her quizzical looks, and say “hmmm, is that sparkly?” Why yes it is.  And her opinion was fairly evident in her tone – not a fan of my new sort-of sparkly top.

This was a case of off of the sewing machine and onto me. So I will play around with other things to wear it with. Perhaps even tucked into a skirt.

Here’s the dress form view.

chambray top front view on form

This fabric is something I looked at on more than one occasion at Stone Mountain, and finally decided to buy 1.25 yards to try and make a top of some kind. Not really sure if it is ideal for garment sewing but I washed and dried it and it softened up quite a bit. They also had it in a couple of neutral shades, kind of flax or linen colors which were interesting.

Inspiration for this top was something I saw at Talbots one day. And they send SO many catalogs in the mail…I should tell them to stop although it is useful to be able to tear things out and stick on my bulletin board.

chambray top inspo

chambray top and pool

Some sewing details. How to get a tunic top out of 1.25 yards of 45″ wide fabric: creative folding, which is something I do all the time. Since this fabric doesn’t have any nap or direction you can reverse the pattern pieces as shown.

chambray top cutting out

I used my basic tunic top pattern (an oldie, New Look 6677. blue eyelet version here and silk version here). I made copies of the front and back and then enlarged the neck opening a good bit, as it is kind of higher up than I would want for this version, since the original has a collar. Aligning the shoulder seams I made the neckband portion, and then for the front placket I just winged it based on some other things I have made. First I decided on the finished placket size and shape, and then added the seam allowanced. I decided to determine how long to make it once I tried the top on. For more info on creating this type of placket I wrote 2 posts for Craftsy a while ago on how to make a tunic top, part 1 and part 2 here.

chambray pattern pieces

On the top I saw at Talbots the edge on the placket was pleated, and I tried to do that but this fabric didn’t want to cooperate – it was just too bulky. So I hemmed one edge of strips and then gathered it onto the placket. I sewed it on once I got it to look even on both sides.

chambray top making placket

After sewing the placket onto top – right side to wrong on the inside, I cut the front V and then flipped it to the outside and stitched it down. Same technique I use on most tunic style tops I’ve made in the last few years.
Next, same idea with the neckband, stitch on right to wrong on the inside, then trim and flip to the outside. For the center edge I wasn’t quite sure how I would do that, this is my improvisational sewing so I just wing it as it go. In this case I trimmed, tucked the edge under and hand stitched it to hold in place and then topstitched all around.

neckband on chambray shirt

The armholes are finished with bias binding. I am including this photo so you can see just how sparkly this fabric is. And why it is ever so slightly scratchy, around the neck – after all, metallic threads.

stitching chambray top

Now that I am looking at these images I have decided that this is too long – it should be more like a top instead of tunic length. I might take it in on the sides just a bit also. The fabric is slightly more stiff than plain chambray would be – all those metallic threads provide a slight aluminum foil quality 🙂 My other versions of this top have been in silk so a lot more flowy and they drape better.

chambray top on steps

Insides. I do really like this method for tops where there is no facing or anything on the inside, a very neat finish.

chambray top inside view

chambray top side view

Yeah, needs a little further adjustment for shape and length. Although it would be cute if I lengthened it to dress length. Idea for future. **

chambray top in shade

So that’s it for my sparkly chambray top. I think with a few fixes it t will be just right with some white jeans.

Today was another of our glorious (ha ha be careful what you wish for) 104˚F days, so I spent the afternoon at my parent’s house swimming in the pool pictured above. And though about how as a teenager would get out of the pool, go into the boiling house (un-airconditioned in those days) to finish sewing something that I just had to have for that evening’s social event. Can I say that made me the stitcher that I am today? Or just that I was cuckoo for sewing? Some things never change – but I’m glad for the AC now on a day like today.

Up next – my sewing for the Stone Mountain Fabrics Summer of Love theme. Check out this blog post to read about the history of this wonderful store and also the Summer of Love.   I absolutely love what I made with a special fabric which I got there recently so I’ll post that soon.

Stay cool everybody – enjoy the summer sewing as well as all the rest that summer brings.
Beth

Here’s today’s garden photo – it’s dahlia time so another one for you. 



dahlias etc

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Hummingbird print Scout Tee

Last month when I went to the Sew Up North meet up, I was very restrained when it came to buying fabric.  I don’t like having a big stash of fabric – it stresses me out if I can’t just sew up what I’ve got, and it makes me feel somewhat unproductive.  As we wandered […]

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Pattern Review : Rebecca Page Madison Blouse

Pattern name: Rebecca Page Madison Blouse  (formerly Mummykins and Me Patterns) Size range (with measurements):  XXS – 5XL (Bust sizes 30 – 54, the 5XL for reference would be a size 3XL in target’s plus size brand Ava & Viv) What size did you make? I made the size 3XL What are your measurements, height, and body type? Bust…

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Red Merino Aomori Twist Top

The new Sakura collection from Papercut Patterns had me weak at the knees when it was released earlier this month. I was seriously resenting the fact that a very busy month at work was going to give me limited to no sewing time! Knowing that I wasn’t g…

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Red Merino Aomori Twist Top

The new Sakura collection from Papercut Patterns had me weak at the knees when it was released earlier this month. I was seriously resenting the fact that a very busy month at work was going to give me limited to no sewing time! Knowing that I wasn’t g…

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top

I’m always trying to squeeze garments out of pieces of fabric that are too small.  I had some fabric leftover from my Colette Moneta dress, which I decided to get a Coco top out of to wear under one of my many dungaree dresses!  I had to get creative with the cutting layout as usual, […]

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Pattern Review: In the Folds Collins Top

I’ve been eyeing In the Folds patterns for a while now. An indie out of Sydney (tehehe that has a nice ring to it), they’re the creators of the Rushcutter and the Acton dresses, as well as a line of free but straight-sized garments for Peppermint Magazine. I’m a fan of the all the paneling…

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Pattern Review: Schnittchen Betty Top (Plus Size Edition)

  This is a perfect example of when the stars align! I was in the midst of browsing through Schnittchen’s plus size pattern selection when I was asked if I would like to do a review of the Betty Top. Ummmmm… of course I would!!! First let’s talk about the company. Schnittchen is a Germany based company…

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McCall 6752 and Vogue 1355 – Two Favorites

So often I’ve stated that I will make something again. Sometimes it’s soon after the first time I use the pattern.  And then other times it’s months or even years later before I pull that “liked” pattern out again.  It’s a breeze to layout th…

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McCall 6752 and Vogue 1355 – Two Favorites

So often I’ve stated that I will make something again. Sometimes it’s soon after the first time I use the pattern.  And then other times it’s months or even years later before I pull that “liked” pattern out again.  It’s a breeze to layout th…

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Glitter Star Print Linden Sweatshirt

Earlier in the year I went to visit a friend in London and we went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia, where I treated myself to some lovely glittery stars sweatshirt fabric to make a second Grainline Linden sweatshirt.  I made my last one in September and I’ve worn it quite […]

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Lago Tank -Free pattern from Itch to stitch

This pattern is a stash buster and it is a winner in the category " instant gratification" and to make it even better, the latest pattern from Itch to Stitch is free . You can download the Lago from the Itch to Stitch shop here .

Even if it is free I must assure you that the pattern is fully tested as all the other Itch to Stitch patterns are. The pattern comes in 00-20 sizes and

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Lago Tank -Free pattern from Itch to stitch

This pattern is a stash buster and it is a winner in the category " instant gratification" and to make it even better, the latest pattern from Itch to Stitch is free . You can download the Lago from the Itch to Stitch shop here .

Even if it is free I must assure you that the pattern is fully tested as all the other Itch to Stitch patterns are. The pattern comes in 00-20 sizes and

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Fade to Grey

I’ve been making lots of grey items this year, it’s a colour I really like, especially for the winter.  It’s going to be overtaken by blue for the spring and summer soon!  Back in January, or maybe even February, I finally made the Lark Tee.  It had been on the list to make last Spring, … Continue reading “Fade to Grey”

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Pattern Review: Made For Mermaids Mama Ava Shirt

  Hi everyone! This is my first post as an editor of the CSC. I can’t wait to get cracking on some new post ideas, and be a part of this great community!  Pattern name: Made for Mermaids Mama Ava Top Size range (with measurements): The sizes are colors, not numerical. It didn’t bother me,…

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Hearts on Hearts – Mood Playful Jersey Knit Kwik Sew K4028

Worn with Simplicity faux leather leggings S1372Today I’d like to showcase a lovely light weight jersey knit, Charcoal Hearts Poly Jersey Gray/White Hearts.  The print is exactly as it’s name states.   It’s perfect for a fun, funky top or a c…

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More "Notes on a Pattern" – McCall 7542

Last week I was able to finish my first top using M7542.  I bought the pattern for the sleeves to mix and match with other top and dresses.I wasn’t crazy about the bodice because of the high neckline and the boxy silhouette.   But after …

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What season is it? New Look 6374 top in Silk twill

What season is it? As is typical here in the bay area we had a burst of glorious warm weather – sunshine, temperatures where I live around 80˚F a week ago. I know this for a fact because I went to buy some heirloom tomato plants at a master gardener sale. The line was long and the sun was intense. I went in the morning – decided there were too many people and I didn’t want to spend a glorious Saturday morning standing in line. So I went on with my other errands, had lunch and then around 1:30 decided to go by there again. Eureka! No line and they still had some of the varieties that I wanted.
But as for planting – the area wasn’t quite prepared and I’ve been in the midst of having a fence rebuilt which also involved tearing down my lovely pink jasmine. It will grow back, or so I hope. So the vegetable patch is still a work in progress and in the days following the great tomato score the skies have opened up. A crazy rainstorm! The poor shivering tomato plants wonder what is happening and so do we all.  April showers, right?
That brings up the question of what to wear. Not really summer clothes weather, not yet time for shorts or floaty summer dresses. As it happens I had started making this silk twill shirt and find that it is just right for those transitional seasons which we briefly have here. Although my usual caveat – if you are visiting the bay area our microclimate weather could mean arctic by the ocean and sweltering 10 miles inland. Visitors you are warned!

green NL blouse2

It was raining when I took this picture so that’s why I taking refuge under the patio cover. And you can see the new fence:) minus the lovely pink jasmine which was just starting to bloom :(.   We are a fenced-in bunch here in CA. I was amazed when ages ago I went on a business trip to N. Carolina and saw all the houses and not a fence between them. Plus it was spring and everything was in bloom, I thought it was lovely. I did ask my hosts how everyone kept their dogs in their yard but I don’t recall the answer.  Where I live there are so many swimming pools and it’s the law (for safety) that they have to be fenced.
Anyway – back to sewing. This top is a silk twill which I actually had some doubts about as I was sewing but now that it is completed it’s dreamy to wear. Very floaty, but with substance if that can be a thing. I bought this fabric at Metro Textiles in New York last October and after making this I have about 1 yard left. I saw the same fabric on the Gorgeous Fabrics website, here’s the listing.

silk twill shirt front view

silk twill shirt back view

Here’s the pattern envelope and drawing. I made this top previously, also in silk and in green which is a funny coincidence, and both of my versions look so different from the envelope version. That looks boring and a bit frumpy. (that dark blue lace, blech)  My previous version is here. I love this top and have worn it a lot.

NL_6374 pattern evn

My and my shivering tomato plants.

green NL blouse w tomato plants

Sewing-wise I don’t have much to say about this pattern, it is a bit fiddly to sew, at least that skinny placket is but the instructions are very clear and if you follow each step it should be perfect. If you haven’t done a placket like that before I would suggest a first try with a nice well behaved cotton. This silk twill is super slippery and wants to leap off the sewing table at every opportunity. But that’s what makes it very comfy to wear.  I cut out this version to the length the pattern specified, as I couldn’t do that when I made the first stripe version due to minimal fabric, but this seems a bit long in the back. So since I took the photos and wore it once I shortened the back about 1.5 inches. It still has the hi-lo hemline but just not so long in the back.

silk twill shirt neckline view

I tried to match the dots on the placket but maybe not so well. I think this is a thing that sewing people might see but nobody else will.

This image is probably the best representation of the actual color. I made the sleeves full length and added a regular shirt cuff. For the opening I did a continuous placket which is softer and easer on this type of fabric.

silk twill shirt sleeve cuff

So that’s the latest scoop on what I’ve been sewing. And while I have one quick knit top which I just completed for myself (pattern love! McCalls 7538) my other sewing recently is for other people. Including a coat in plaid (eek) which I will share. And a silk charmeuse blouse (also eek). These tricky fabrics!

Thank you for all the kind words my last post – where I mentioned that I will be teaching sewing classes at a new studio in Berkeley:  Hello Stitch Studio. We are getting sign-ups at a steady pace so if you are interested check out the website and reserve your place in the class.

Happy Sewing, Beth

Here’s my garden photo for the day – under the apple tree which is in full bloom and making a carpet of pink petals. And despite the rain still covered in flowers. The prolific nature of this old tree amazes me. And the flower petals look like snow when the wind blows. So pretty!

green NL silk blouse apple tree

apple blossom video

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A Breton Top and a Danish adventure with Stoff & Stil

Like the Nancy Dress I just posted, this top has become another wardrobe favourite. It came as a bit of a surprise to me as this drop shouldered, loose fit isn’t one I naturally gravitate towards. I had in my head that this shape probably wouldn’t be a…

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Completed: The Ebony Tee

Whoa, hello April! It seems like it was only last week that we were celebrating the New Year – and hiding from the cold – and now here we are firmly in the middle of spring. Blooming trees, longer days, and allergies (well, not for this native heh heh heh) everywhere! I thought I’d squeeze out […]

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Jalie 3670, the Loulouxe skort (and a bonus raglan tee)

I took a lot of action shots of this cute little number. It is made for movement!When Jalie announced this Spring’s pattern release, this one actually didn’t register on my radar. What was I thinking? It’s adorable! But I’m not a sporty girl, so for so…

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Ombre Jersey Batwing Top from Freehand Fashion

Today I’m sharing a super quick and satisfying project that’s a little different to my usual sewing style. After all the intense and lengthy coat and dress making I’ve been doing recently the speed and ease of this really was a breath of fresh air. I l…

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