Well… there’s no more Great British Sewing Bee. It was over so quickly! At least we have the book to keep us going. I really wanted to make something simple during the week and made the Sleeveless Shell Top from the book.
I used a floral cotton that I have a roll of. I got this from a vintage/second hand stall in Letchworth Garden City. The roll says it’s by Concord House and is called Country Florals. 100% cotton. I had about 20 metres of this in my stash.
I had a good go at making the top. The instructions were fairly simple. There are no zip fastenings (thank goodness, as judging by the skirt I made, zips are not my friends!). There is understitching and interfacing, which I hadn’t really done properly before. I’m proud of my understitching and how neat the neckline is.
What really lets it down for me was when I hemmed the bottom of the top. The instructions said to zig zag stitch then turn the hem up and topstitch into place. I did this… but somehow still managed to stretch the fabric out of shape. So it’s not perfect, but under a cardigan, nobody would know.
Yikes. That’s more of a lettuce hem… I’ll definitely make it again in a different fabric. I’ll probably also make a size smaller and try a bust adjustment, as I don’t have much of a waist in this top.
So that’s my March make. I’ve got my shirt for January, skirt for february and top for March. I might end up making a second March garment. Already nosying through my pattern stash for ideas!
Something else worth mentioning is the fact that Simon has just found a carpet beetle in the spare/sewing room. We had a small issue with these horrible things a few months ago. If you buy any secondhand fabrics, wash them before storing them with anything else, as the previous home could have had carpet beetles and there could be eggs on your new purchase. It is possible for them to live in warehouses where fabric goods are stored. Keep your fabric stash in a sealed plastic tub, or anywhere well away from the floor, especially if it’s a natural animal fibre such as wool. And hoover. Constantly.
Carpet beetles will eat not only your carpet and any upholstery but also your stash. They will have hit the jackpot. So now my Sunday will be spend hoovering every nook and cranny and rewashing all of my stash. Fun, eh?
Have you made anything from the book yet? Share in the comments!
Update 18/04/2015: The pattern can be found on the same pattern sheet as the Shift Dress (which is on the reverse of the Leather Jacket and Mens Classic Tee sheet). Also, there are three centre back lines for the Shell top back piece. I used the line in the centre with the slight curve. This creates a back hemline lower than the front. You could use the innermost (towards the inside of the pattern piece) line to create an even hemline around the top. The outermost line is to create the Button Backed version of the top. You need the extra width to accommodate the button holes and to “overlap” the other side so it can button up. I hope this makes sense, but if you have any other questions, please ask! 🙂