As usual all my blog posts and sewing activity seem to all be happening at once!
True to my word I got straight on with making a Sugar Pop Top. I haven’t dug into my new stash of precious fabric yet, as I thought a test version might be a good idea.
I’ve had this blue floral lawn fabric for a long time. I bought it to cover a breastfeeding pillow when my son (who is now 9) was born. Its very pretty and I had no idea I had so much of it left.
So, the making of the top, here’s a quick run down as I have precisely 5 minutes until I need to take youngest child to school!
Things I like:
- Simple to sew
- pretty shaped collar and capped sleeves
- minimal fabric usage
- The binding on neck and arms gives a really nice finish.
Things I’ll change next time:
- I was a bit between sizes. I cut a medium but there was a lot of spare fabric round my middle, so I did some creative cutting and made it go in a lot more in the middle.
- The bust darts went a bit wrong. For some reason when I went to sew them they were a rather funny angle and the pointy bits (technical!) along the edge didn’t meet – not sure if this is my pattern printing/sticking together, or if is how they were supposed to be. I adjusted them so that they lined up but this meant creating a new end point. Generally I think they need to be longer and lower down as they are a bit up under my arm pits!!
- My arm holes ended up rather tight, probably due to me taking in the side seams. They were fine until I did the binding, so I will make some adjustment for this next time.
- binding is a fiddle! I will use bought binding next time as it’s stiffer and has a folded edge already. I ended up finishing my binding by hand stitching as it was the only way to get it sewn on neatly without loosing my mind. All that said I really like the bound neck and arm finish, it looks really nice.
- I used binding on the bottom hem as it was already quite short and I didn’t want to shorten it any more by turning it up. It looks nice with binding but I think i will add on a bit to the length and do a blind hem next time.
Time to go – son is nagging me from downstairs – I will leave you with some pictures!