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Liberty Leftovers Top!

March 27, 2016

Hello, and Happy Easter to you!  Remember the beautiful dress I made for my daughter using Liberty Carline fabric provided by Minerva?  Well, I had just under a metre left over of this lovely fabric and I was determined to squeeze something else out of it – preferably something for me!

I dug out an old pattern I’ve not used for a while – Burda 7798 – and just about managed to fit the pattern pieces onto the remaining fabric.  To manage it, I had to shorten all the ‘skirt’ pieces by an inch, and omit the bias strips for finishing the armholes and neckline.  Instead I used ready-made bias tape in a plain ivory – as it is turned to the inside it isn’t noticeable anyway.

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The construction of the top is much like making a very short dress – the bodice is pleated into the neckline and then under the bust is the ‘skirt’ which is cut on the bias and has a centre front seam.  At the centre back there is a centered zip.  I like the shape of the top and have pretty much worn out its predecessor – it’s in a sorry state but I still can’t quite bear to part with it!

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It’s nice to make some tops for a change as I wear jeans a lot more these days.  I think a dress made with this fabric would be amazing for a special occasion or a sunny day, but I wouldn’t wear it all year round, whereas this top can be paired with jeans or a denim skirt and tights for a more wearable look.  I just so rarely feel like doing the epic full-skirted look when I’m trundling my kids to school and back!

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I do love the shape of this top – I want to make more tops like this.  Some plain ones would be really handy as well for when I’m feeling like I want to be completely boring 😉

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Christina permalink
    March 27, 2016 11:23 am

    Gorgeous top! And very wearable as you say😊 Great way to incorporate a beautiful print in your everyday wardrobe!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 29, 2016 8:02 am

      Definitely. I can wear this without feeling OTT.

  2. March 27, 2016 1:17 pm

    I like it! I also really like the shoes you are seating in that last photo, too.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 29, 2016 8:03 am

      Me too! I have them in blue and red!

  3. Julie permalink
    March 27, 2016 1:24 pm

    Really beautiful and great for the change in weather!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 29, 2016 8:04 am

      Yes it definitely seems appropriate for spring and summer!

  4. Sabs permalink
    March 27, 2016 5:31 pm

    What a lovely summery top!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 29, 2016 8:04 am

      Thanks – think it will get worn quite a lot!

  5. SArah Gosling permalink
    March 27, 2016 9:54 pm

    Love your sewing and your shoes

  6. March 27, 2016 10:16 pm

    Wow that’s such a pretty spring top. Matches your cardi perfectly. We need a snap of you and your daughter together though 😛

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 29, 2016 8:06 am

      Hahaha. I once made us matching dresses and we wore them together for photos but I don’t think I’d do it again! It was kinda cute but mainly embarrassing 😀

      • March 29, 2016 8:13 am

        I feel like I’ve seen a post from you before about some matching dresses! 🙂

      • tabathatweedie permalink*
        March 29, 2016 8:18 am

        Yes – that’s the only time! 😉

  7. March 28, 2016 5:07 am

    Cute! I need more woven blouses in my life, but not every day feels like a “button down” kind of day. KWIM?

  8. March 28, 2016 10:32 pm

    Gorgeous top – I love that print – it will be perfect with jeans!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 29, 2016 8:08 am

      Thanks Louise ☺

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