It must be my Scottish blood, but I love the idea of a totally free top!
The pattern was the Sorbetto top free download from Colette Patterns (OK – I know everyone else in the sewing blogosphere has already made this umpteen times but I only joined the party 11 months ago) and this
is the remains of my material – an old shirt of my husband’s where the collar and cuffs had worn out but the body was fine. I treated myself to a bias binding maker and used the shirt sleeves to make matching bias binding:
Unlike some other people I had no problem using the bias binding widget (just watch your fingers if you’re using a steam iron) but I did have a problem trying to get all the stripes to go in the same direction and had to enlist my engineer husband’s help.
But it was worth it…
The back of the shirt became the back of the top and the fronts of the shirt became the front of the top – I just folded the pattern back along the line of the centre pleat and didn’t even need to add a seam allowance.
Here’s what it’s like on:
And the last photo? Well, I meant to use the shirt tails to give it a high-low hem but forgot when I was cutting out the first piece so it’s just got a slight curve at the sides!