These past weeks have been more productive than usual. Not only did I start and finish my third Sew Over It (SOI) Lulu top at a sitting , but I also finished other sewing projects that had been languishing on my sewing table.
First up is Colette patterns’ Addison tank top; a loose, simple top which no closures, but with a cute collar.
Fabric – 100% navy cotton fabric with an all over leaf print from Fabric Time in navy and white. This was the remnant from making shirts for my sons, and I had to even resort to using scraps so I could have enough for the collar. The moral of the story is “never throw away even scraps”.
Size – I graded from size 2 to 10. This is the first top/bodice where I ‘nailed’ the dart after grading from bust to waist/hip. Before that, I just eye-balled it 😉.
- I made the front armhole about 3/8″ wider to give me more of an L-shape rather than the C-shape on the model above.
- I also shaped it a bit, and I’m still able to put it on without any difficulty even with no closures.
- I didn’t use the all-in-one facing mainly because I didn’t fancy the extra layer, and I didn’t have enough fabric anyway. Instead I used shop-bought bias tape which made getting a mitred trough a bit tricky at the V. Next time, I’ll try and make my own bias tape.
Things I love
- The collar detail – it simply takes this top to beyond simple. I’m already thinking of combining this neck style with Penny (also by Colette) using a lovely Brodeirie Anglaise-like fabric I bought from Minerva Craft.
- Easy to wear – Just slip it over your head, and off you go; no buttons or any other kind of closure needed.
- It doesn’t require a lot of fabric.
- The slightly longer and curvy front hem.
The second is a chocolate simple lined skirt with a single kick pleat at the front, my go-to skirt style (below). Fabric is 100% cotton jumbo cord from myfabrics.co.uk. I used my skirt sloper for this, and for some reason, my zip ended up on the right side instead of my usual left.
Addison top with self-drafted jumbo cord skirt.
Ever since buying my first jumbo cord fabric from myfabrics.co.uk last year, I’ve fallen in love with particularly jumbo cords. In fact, I always check the remnants section of their website first because they usually have very good stuff especially if you don’t need a lot of metreage. This particular one I believe is less than 1 metre and I still have some left. I love the versatility of corduroy because it can be worn all year. This skirt is my third me-made cord skirt.
After having a blast with making Addison, I then made Sew Over It Lulu top, and I chose a fabric I had in stash, remnants from an Addison dress hack I’d made previously. I’ve made this pattern twice before and I love both versions. It’s a simple top with a front button and loop buttonhole. It’s quick to make, and I even started and finished it at a sitting.
Fabric: 100% viscose from Abakhan. I’ve only used viscose once before, and it was a disaster, so I’ve refrained from using it until this make. I was ready this time though, and used a rotary cutter, instead of a pair of scissors for cutting.
Size: I graded from size 14 at the bust to 18 at the hips, a size bigger than I’d make for this top, but I wanted a looser and floaty fit to help cope with the very warm weather we’ve been having. This also resulted in a wider neckline which is very flattering.
Modification: I made a tie instead of a button, and curved the hem slightly.
My first two Lulu tops have been staples in my wardrobe, and this won’t be an exception. The pattern looks good in the three different fabrics I’ve made it in so far- cotton lawn, stretch chiffon and now viscose. I particularly like the slinky viscose version because it only creases ever so slightly (I don’t like when garments creases at the back, and don’t ever return back to length).
That’s it for this post, till next time.