Three patterns sewn so far from the Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric book and it’s been a great sewing journey! I’ve been doing the “easier” stuff first as I’m now full-time at home looking after Boop so it’s a little difficult finding blocks of time to trace and cut patterns. To date I’ve sewn the Sleeveless Shell Top, a pattern hack off the Shirred little girl’s dress, as well as the Camisole Top which is a hack off the Jumpsuit.
First off, the sleeveless shell top. I chose a flower mosaic cotton fabric to make this top but added bias tape for the hem of the top as I wanted some contrast. I will be honest and say that I had to refer to Angela Kane’s tutorial mid-way through sewing this as I got a little confused over the bit about turning the fabric inside out. Also, my darts were too high on the bust as my measurements there were off the chart but otherwise, this proved to be a really effective pattern at rustling up a great, everyday summer top that’s still decent enough to go to church in.
I am planning to do this again as I think it’s a timeless Audrey Hepburn-esque classic top. Espeicially when you can choose a lovely fabric covered button to pair it with!
The shirred top was a hack off the shirred little girl’s dress. I decided to do another top instead of a dress for myself as the fabric I chose was rather transparent and there’s nothing worse than a see-through maxi dress unless you’re on a beach. I’ve always loved The Hungry Caterpillar children’s book and hope that Boop will as well when he begins to speak and read, but for now I have YARDS of Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar fabric with long-term ambitions of making a quilt for Boop…the fabric is so fun! And it can be sewn to great effect for an adult as well with the right pattern such as this shirred top.
This was very fun to sew although I cussed a couple of times when I dropped the bobbin while hand winding it for the shirring (fat fingers!).
It’s a fun, cute, top to sew. Definitely one for wearing when bring baby out for some playgroup fun.
And finally, the camisole top that’s a hack off the jumpsuit. This was much easier to do than the sleevless shell top. I’m not entirely convinced the interfacing was necessary for the neckline but then again I guess it depends on what end of the scale your fabric sits on. The pattern called for a drapey fabric so I chose a polyester rayon fabric with a blue roses print. This is drapey but relatively ‘thick’ and so, I’m willing to wager a bet, might still sit well on the neckline without interfacing.
This pattern is very versatile and depending on the fabric you choose, can go from sweet/innocent to fun/flirty to elegant/evening. I can easily see myself sewing this pattern in all three themes. But most of all, as pointed out in the GBSB book, the camisole top is like a your own dirty little secret when worn under an office jacket. Naughty but nice. Deliciously decadent.
So in review, I think all three tops from the GBSB book are great and I have already worn them to go out (sleeveless shell top has already made its foray into the solemnities of Sunday mass!). I would definitely make the sleeveless shell top and camisole top again in different fabrics. For the shirred top I’m going to try making a maxi dress with it next time round. Any fabrics to recommend for this then? 🙂