July 3, 2013

Three Liberty Tops

It’s been a while since I posted about any dressmaking which is a shame because I LOVE creating garments to wear. It’s one of the most satisfying feelings to wear something unique that you’ve made, I only wish I had lots more time to make lots more! The tops in this post are from a really simple, basic top pattern and there are plenty of similar ones out there. A top is slightly trickier than a skirt as the fit matters more but as long as you follow the pattern and take your time you’ll be fine! These tops are each made from a different Liberty print.

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I have a little confession to make… the tops in this post weren’t actually made by me but they’re too pretty not to share with you! They were made by my Mum, two for herself and one for my sister, all from the same sewing pattern with slight variations.

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The blue top has no sleeves and uses facing in the arm and neck holes, this is how the original pattern suggested finishing the edges. The print is Mitsi which Liberty also do in other colourways, I particularly like the green!

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ImageThis second top has a v-neck and sleeves; these were two of the possible variations on the pattern. The print is Ros which I think is really delicate and pretty.

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This final top is the same shape as the first but uses bias binding to finish the arm and neck holes. I really like using bias binding to finish edges, you don’t get any of the bunching you can get when using facing and the finished edge looks really neat. It also adds something to the garment if you use a different colour or pattern for the bias binding. I used bias binding in my pink dress in a contrasting floral pattern which also worked really well.

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Have you been doing any dressmaking lately? I have another metre of Tana Lawn just waiting to be made into something, give me some ideas!

R.

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