Summer wear, Tops
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Taking a breather from my Holly Jump suit – Newlook 6217

This week I’ve muslinned (? a proper word?) the Holly Jumpsuit twice.  And I went shopping for fabric (and bought 2 extra pieces)!  Then I needed a quick fix before I dived into my Jolly Hump Suit,  mmm…, or should it be Holly Jump Suit?! (i’m laughing here, that was initially a typo but it’s stopping! lol….still lolling……!  (I’m Jumping Into June in case you didn’t know! If you want to read more about it and see who else taking part head over to Chris’s blog here…….)

Anyway, moving swiftly on.  Whilst looking for something else I found this pattern which came free with the Love Sewing Mag (I think!!)


Without delving in my stash I knew I had the perfect fabric for the top – B.  The fabric I’d just bought to make my Holly Jumpsuit!   I did buy an extra 1/2 metre so it’d be ok.  It was really quick to make, except I used bias binding nearly everywhere.  It was ready to go out and meet the girls at 3pm for a late lunch date.  Here it is with me Morris blazer.  I’m really loving my Morris!

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I like to use bias binding to finish my edges and hems.  I didn’t want to use the actual fabric and then not have enough to make my jumpsuit.  I found this orange and gold in my stash bought for 25p metre on the Spoolettes trip to Dewsbury.

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It wasn’t the neatest application of bias trim I’ve ever performed but it’s all on the inside and it’s passable.

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I didn’t want to add any extra weight to the arms so just overlocked the raw edge, turned and stitched.

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There’s not much to read about this pattern online,  so I didn’t find out until it was too late that the neck opening is too wide and shows my bra straps, and the opening at the back is totally not needed. I reduced the neck be an inch either side on the next one and still can get it on easily, and stitched up the full length of the back seam.  And I wore a strapless bra so it didn’t drive me mad.

For the next one and any future ones I will cut the piece on the fold and eliminated the centre back seam, and reduce the neck opening by 2 inches.

The next one is an unknown chiffon fabric. Really soft so probably polyester! But it creases, so it might not be!  It presses like a dream but frays like mad.  The making of the bias trim was a particular challenge!

This panel was Β£7 and was only just big enough width ways to fit on both the front and back pieces.  I arranged the pattern pieces right to the top making use of the plain area, so I’d have enough of the busier floral for bias binding.

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As you can see below I didn’t have much left!
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I managed to cut enough strips to make 5 metres of bias trim,

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My new Janome made light work of stitching this fabric.  I changed to a fine sharp needle and used my straight stitch plate (1st time) to prevent the fine fabric being pulled down into the machine.

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It took forever to add the binding.  I did the bottom hem first as a sort of practice where it would be less noticeable.  My binding was single folded and I applied it like a mini facing.

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I did the same for the neck like but had the bias showing on the outside.  I sewed at the slowest pace ever and really took my time.  But true to form I didn’t use a pin once and I didn’t press anything until it was all applied (except the bias which I’d pressed already).  I  use a combination of Janet Prays tips and Sewing on the Edge – both from Craftsy.

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I finished it yesterday, but it was too chilly to wear. Todays a bit brighter and I’m taking my lovely mum out to lunch so will be wearing it.  Rory & I had a little photoshoot on the patio this morning.  (the scruffy looking door is the garage door not the one to the house!)

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Quick wardrobe change…..see how the neck opening is way too wide…

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Both these tops are going to be really useful and I’m going to have a rummage in my stash to see if i’ve anything to make a couple more.  Last summer I wore my Sorbetto’s quite a lot, but they’re no good unless is a warm sunny day.  Hopefully these will fill a little gap in my wardrobe.

This post is also part of Helena from Gray All Day’s Sew It Chick in a week link party!

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  1. Oh, my ~ I was laughing at your paragraph! These are 2 great and extremely creative ‘breaks’ from your Jolly… er, Holly Jump Suit. Grrr – wish I could fabric shop with you, mate – so inspiring! 🌺🌻🌹

  2. I love your fabrics! The blue looks fab with your Morris and the other is soooo pretty.

  3. That summer meadow top is just magnificent! And you should get extra points for making bias tape from chiffon!! As far as the jolly humping is concerned: due to the access restrictions I doubt a lot of that will be happening πŸ˜‰

  4. Beautiful tops. Very impressed to by the chiffon bias binding. I thought Freud had been discredited, but obviously your typos are still flying the flag for him πŸ˜‰

    • Yup, the flags definately flying! I was lucky the fabric pressed well, which made up for it being so flimsy πŸ˜€

      • Bekki Hill says

        And maybe it had something to do with your skill too πŸ™‚

    • It was a real find – I was at the till having my other fabric cut when someone else chose it, so I had a piece cut too. I never spotted it myself even though I’d been in the shop an hour!

  5. Fiona M says

    Snort! Jolly Hump Suit Lol πŸ™‚ Best typo ever…
    Love your blouses, esp the white floral one.

  6. Ooh, I might have to try this pattern now I’ve seen how good it looks on you! Lovin’ the floral fabric and thanks for the heads up on the neckline:)

    • It’s definately worth a go for every day casual sort of tops. I lost 2 inches with the neck opening on the floral one, but am tempted to loose at least another inch with the next one, and maybe add a bust dart too pull it in a tiny bit. I might sound like I know what I’m doing but I don’t!! Can’t be too hard though can it?!

    • Each week is different with working shifts. I’m back on Thursday for 4 nights then everything in my sewing room will come to a grinding halt! So I make the most of my me time! My golfs suffering tho’beacause of my time spent sewing. πŸ˜€β›³οΈ

    • Thanks you! I’m so please the bias turned out well on the neckline. It was a real make or break moment when I was doing it πŸ˜€

  7. Oh Ali! Beautiful! Both of them! I do love the meadow print one in particular, the fabric is just gorgeous! Well done you!

    • Thanks Amanda! That’s my favourite too, but they say pride comes before a fall. Tonight having tea I’ve got 2 tiny spots of tomato sauce on it from the pasta! 😯

  8. Carolyn says

    Beautiful fabrics for both tops – what great prints! I’m not quite sure what a Jolly Hump Suit is, but I think I want one. LOL!!

    • Thanks Carolyn πŸ˜€. I’m sure with your sewing skills that you could muster up a Jolly hump suit! πŸ˜„

  9. corrineappleby says

    I want a jolly hump suit in my life! The tops are both stunning – love the meadow print one!

  10. Great tops and the distinctive fabrics make them look different from each other. It seems a simple design made in a fabulous fabric can have the biggest impact. You get so many projects done, do you sleep much?

    • Thanks! I must admit I do manage on only about 6 hours. I generally spend the next hour or 2 after waking under the covers with my iPad, catching up on my blog reading/writing, then I’m all fired up to sew once I’ve had a coffee! I think working shifts gives me more me-time than if I worked Monday to Friday πŸ˜€

  11. Lovely! I especially like the floral one and how pretty the floral bias tape looks next to some of the plain fabric – gorgeous! It sounds like you were very patient, and it really paid off.

    • Thanks, I knew straight away that’s what I wanted, I think if the fabric had been more expensive it would have stayed in my stash for ages and I wouldn’t dared use it! πŸ˜€

  12. Two lovely tops – both will look good with your blazer. Look – about the jumpsuit – Really? I don’t get – looking forward to you proving me wrong!

    • The jumpsuit thing just sort of happened! I’m sure it can’t be any worse than my gbsb dress, so fingers crossed! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Rach, I just end up fidgeting with my bra straps on a wider one, do you sew in them things to hang on to your straps?

    • This one’s been really popular. I might see if they’ve a panel left and use it as a give away for when I hit a milestone. Not sure what sort of milestone tho’, lol!

  13. I saw a lady buying a load of this floral on Saturday. It’s gorgeous. I love what you’ve made with it.

  14. Lovely! I particularly like the second version with the pretty edging and pattern placement. This is the same pattern I used my smokey grey duo. I really liked it too. Great seeing it made up in different fabrics πŸ™‚

        • Oh no! I made my niece a wool skirt and pre washed it and it was fine. Did u pre wash the fabric? …there’s always febreeze! πŸ˜ƒ

          • You discovered my guilty sewing secret: I never prewash! Sewing blasphemy I know πŸ˜‰ I’m hoping I can work around it…

            • Never pre wash…’re kidding?!?! That’s the best bit, makes it smell nice when you’re sewing! Send your stash to me, I’ll wash it and send it back, lol πŸ˜€
              You’ll be telling me next that you don’t trace either!

  15. Lovely tops! I really like the floral print. So pretty. I had exactly the same issue with this top; too large at the neck and agree that the back opening is simply a design element. My second go I also removed it, and made the neckline smaller — and finished it with bias tape, though certainly not self-made from chiffon! What a lovely job on yours.

    • Thanks for the lovely comments! The chiffon wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I used it just single folded and applied it like a facing so it was much easier than other ways I’ve done it in the past πŸ˜€

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