Does Molly need any introduction?
I don’t think so. There’s Molly Tops everywhere, all over the internet, and probably in a city near you.
It’s part of Sew Over It’s new capsule wardrobe for a city break. And whilst it’s not the first of their patterns that I’ve bought (I have a paper copy of the Pussy Bow blouse) it’s the first one i’ve made.
I’m a bit of a sucker for buying ‘bundles’ of patterns as even if I only make 1 from the bundle, as a Yorkshire lass I need to have felt like I’ve had value for money.
I’m not here to promote the patterns, but in case you’re wondering, there’s a top, stretch jeans, skirt, shirt/shirtdress and cardigan in the collection. Apart from the cardigan, I can see myself making all the garments. And soon!
So far I’ve made 2 Molly Tops. It requires 1.6m of 140cm wide fabric. I had 60cm of some gorgeous floral jersey and about the same of a coordinating soft grey.
Both were bargain remnants when I last visited Fine Fabrics of Harrogate.
I cut out the front. The fabric wasn’t quite long enough but at this point I just wanted a quick make so thought an inch or 2 lost on the length was no big deal.
After I’d cut out the front, even on this 150cm wide fabric there was no where near enough to cut out the back.
Mmmmm…. what to do? After several deep breaths I cut the sleeves out of the grey fabric. Some colour blocking may be needed, but I had to see how much I had left.
Sleeves cut, there wasn’t quite enough for the back to be grey.
I decided to piece what I had left together until it was big enough to fit the back pattern piece on.
It was all quite random….
As I went along I trimmed edges so they would be square and tried to keep the grainline running in the same direction.
Random photo of my machine to remind me of which stitch I used. I used the super strong, there’s no way you’ll ever unpick me, triple stitch, and my walking foot.
Super neat with no puckering and enough ‘give’ for this stretchy fabric.
Below are the other stitches I auditioned.
Back to the colour blocking……
The last piece was added…..
And now the back piece will fit. Can I just say, I can usually get a T shirt easily out of 1/2 metre of fabric, but it’s those sticky out arms that cause this pattern to be fabric hungry.
Back all cut out…..
But now my big problem was the front looked rather boring.
I decided to add a bit of interest with some fabric that was left and sewed it diagonal….
then pressed it the right way….
And trimmed off the excess……
And before I show you it all finished and me wearing it, here’s Molly number 2. Another Krypton Factor make (for those of you old enough to remember it). I had 1.4m of this fabric and it just wouldn’t fit. But then I turned one of the pieces upside down, and Voila! It fitted, absolutely exactly! I wouldn’t recommend only buying 1.4m to try it out though. I drunk 1 1/2 glasses of wine whilst I sweated over this!
The only thing I did different on this was to top stitch the should seams. I’m still on the fence wether this long shoulder seam needs stabilising? have any of you Molly makers out there stabilised yours?
So now on to the fashion shows. For Molly No 1 it took place in our local shopping centre, on the stairs in Debenhams and in Nandos.
H was chief photographer and mortifield he had to hold my purple phone.
So I’m quite chuffed we got some photos at all never mind half decent ones!
Some close ups….
It was all a bit of a fluke that the seam lines on the arms matching the colour blocking on the back, it looked like it had been done on purpose!
To set the scene for photo shoot number 2 I had a new photographer – Sue my lovely gym, karaoke and golf buddy! It was a bit of a rush after we’d playing golf and were ready to go home, but she took these quickly for me in the ladies locker room:
mmmm, doesn’t look to fit as well across the back, but this fabric isn’t quite as stretchy as Molly No 1.
How amazing that I managed to match those squares. Pat on the back is in order!
And just before I go, my troublesome neckline:
I know we can get a bit picky and unintentionally strive for perfection, but I just wasn’t happy with the collar. The first one was tight enough, just in one section, but it’s quite soft fabric and the colour blocking detracts from the neckline so I wasn’t too bothered.
But for this striped one, the ones I’d seen on the internet seems to lay quite snug but mine stands up a bit. I think maybe for a thicker fabric that the neck band needs to be narrower??
But on a positive note, I think i’ll have loads of these in my wardrobe before so long and will soon master it! Watch this space!!