Making a start on delivering on my revised sewing plans for the last 1o days in March. I might have been ever so slightly optimistic about what I’d get through when I changed tack in my last blog post, but we should always aim high…
So of the 7 projects I had on the new list, I managed 5. I’d have done better but a nasty cold (man flu) held me back badly and no sewing at all was done for at least 4 days!! That would definitely have been enough time to finish the entire list. But no matter, those projects will be on April’s list instead.
This fabric was supposed to be realised in a different pattern, but when I made the toile of 115B 8/15, I just didn’t like it. It was too straight, too long and I wasn’t convinced it would take me into spring and summer. So I nicked the pattern that was supposed to be made in the cotton voile. It was the right decision! I just love the fabric. It is viscose, but like no other I’ve had before. It’s fluid and soft and has a cool touch, not to mention a fabulous sheen that makes it look like silk. The colour is just stunning too. The fabric was bought 5 years ago from a shop called Tatler’s in Derby.
The front of the top has been lengthened by 10cm and the line flows well into the dipped back hem. I also omitted the opening on the back, only having the button loops on the yoke. It isn’t necessary to open the buttons or to have the extended opening to get the top over your head. Those are the only changes made to the pattern. Usually I would have used French seams on this fabric, but in the interests of a quick make, I overlocked the lot. I do love this pattern, having made a fair few versions over the years in different fabrics. This might just come close to beating my up-to-now-favourite, the black and white spotty silk version.
I’ve no regrets at all about switching patterns on this top, the cotton voile will be allocated a different pattern, perhaps one with ruffles…. There have been a load around on Instagram and although I’m not a ruffly person, I’m ever so slightly tempted….
Stick around, the other items on the list just need photographs (although I’ve worn a couple already). I am missing my resident photographer and am in the process of training up Mr W. It’s a slow process….. 😉
26 thoughts on “Blue Tropic”
The details on this shirt are great! I love the buttons you chose, they complement the print wonderfully.
Thanks! It was these or a couple of vintage glass ones, but they were too heavy.
Where did you get that stunning fabric? Blouse is just perfect on you!
Unfortunately I bought it 5 years ago! It was from a shop in Derby, and I’d loved to have bought more.
That’s a very pretty fabric and it looks lovely on you! Nice button details too!
Beautiful fabric – it’s just right for this top, light and lovely.
Thanks, it’s going to be worn loads!
This fabric is lovely. I think blues and flowers can look garish but this is beautiful!!
It helps that the flowers have no colour – much simpler!
I really like this top. The fabric is so beautiful! And creases are good – they show you love to wear a garment!
And I’m going to love wearing this top!! It’s going to be fab in the summer with pale coloured linen pants….
What a scrummy viscose, Anne – I love it! And you’ve chosen a grand pattern. Really like the sleeve length, as well as the neckline! xx
Thanks Del! It’s one of my favourite tops to make, quick and comfy! 🙂
You’ve done it again – I totally feel like throwing out all my sewing plans, going out to buy fabric and make this top. In fact, I shouldn’t make sewing lists and more and simply copy what you make 😉
Haha, that would be grand! That’s what’s so great about blogs, you spot something you wouldn’t have looked at twice in the magazine, just because someone’s chosen a certain fabric and suddenly, bam! Inspiration!
That fabric is to die for and the top has a really flattering shape on you.
Thank you, this is definitely one of my favourite patterns.
This is gorgeous! I do love this style of top, and the neckline on this one is lovely. Also, that fabric is amazing.
Thank you very much!
That is a fabulous top, you are right those gathers are super flattering and that fabric is to die for. I used to own a kimono top in a very similar print that I loved, shame that shop doesn’t do online, i’m sure they would do well out of it!
Oh definitely! The problem with stashing fabrics is that by time they finally get used, and we realise we’d like more, the opportunity has long since passed.
Lovely flattering top. I just love it.