Thursday, 12 April 2018

A Little Top for Summer

Feeling really chuffed with myself about a little top I made recently. For a while now I have wanted to get back into sewing my own clothes because every time I go to the shops to buy or look at clothes I can never see what I want or they are way too expensive.  Don't even get me started on the sad demise of M&S and is it me but I think that shop has seriously lost the plot on fashion!  Frumpy or what?!!!! So I looked through my stash of fabrics and found this lovely pink paisley pattern cotton lawn I had bought at one of the big sewing shows at the NEC a couple of years ago.  

The pattern I used was from Lauren Guthrie from Great British Sewing Bee. Why the BBC cancelled that programme I have no idea?!! I think it was more political than to do with viewing figures. They were running scared after Bake Off was poached by Channel 4 and didn't want egg on their face again, never mind that sewing and crafty pastimes are just as popular as cooking and look how many cookery programmes there are!  Lauren has a fabulous book out called Learn to Sew with Lauren and the pattern is actually the yoke top she is wearing on the front cover. My mum would have called this a sleeveless blouse but I think the word blouse always sounds rather an old-fashioned term to me -  a bit like frock and indeed my mum would always refer to dresses as frocks.     

I haven't done any dressmaking for years but I found the whole process very therapeutic and even though it took me a while to get back into the swing of bias binding, French seams, inter-facing etc. it all came back to me the way my mum had taught me when I was a teenager. 

I used odd buttons from my button jar


Lauren's pattern and instructions were very easy to follow and I will certainly make a couple more for summer from my stash, and even if I do say so myself I think the quality is better than some shop bought clothes (buttons that come off after one wear - Toast!!  Fraying hems M&S!!) and unique to boot!  Happy sewing!!!


  1. Great work! Making your own clothes is the way to go: nicer fabrics, better fit and you get a unique piece at the end you can be proud of.
    Keep posting!

  2. Thanks Debbie. You also get a tremendous sense of achievement.

  3. It seems that more and more women I see on Instagram and blogs are starting to make their own clothes, and I think it is fantastic. I started making my own clothes more years ago than I care to remember when I was about 12 and, being only 5' tall, very shortwaisted with a small waist compared to hip, it is the only way I can get clothes that fit!

    It is so rewarding and I hope that you will carry on and make yourself a whole new wardrobe!

  4. PS. Indeed, what were the BBC thinking of getting rid of The Sewing Bee! Sadly since it was decided that 'market forces' should prevail, the BBC is a shadow of its former self.

  5. Thank you Julia. Yes the BBC has a lot to answer for!

  6. It seems look a fantastic work, Jacqui Thomson. Keep it up.

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