One thing I lack in my wardrobe is good solid interchanging Basics: These are the types of cheap tops that come in many colours that fill the high street shops. They know you need them, that’s why there are so many! It is one thing I miss shopping for in my pursuit of the perfect DIY wardrobe. Plus are they really a waste of money or bad for the environment if I wear them TO DEATH?
But Self made isn’t without its faults, I am finding with sewing it is more and more about the ‘event’ piece, normally a dress. How many times do I wear a dress just around the house? Most of my TOP 10 PATTERNS were good basic pieces. So I set out about making a top myself.
One shape I kept seeing was the button front with a ruffle ‘shirt’ like frill part. Using the white fabric I have in bulk, I set about making a wearable toille version that I could perfect before using more expensive fabric.
So How Did It Sew?
The pattern was an old traced top I had in my collection. I traced it, added a V neck and some buttons. I think next time I will not make actual button holes, instead try and add in some loops with domed buttons instead. Over all this was a simple sew. The ruffle was a simple add on, the most time was spent on the hems (when is it not…) Even though I made this from my bulk light fabric, i have found it far more wearable than a thicker Jersey. I have even worn it open over a dress like a cardigan as i like to cover my arms a lot.
Hopefully I can make a few more of these but as always I find it a challenge to branch out into colour. Maybe a mustard or wine colour, but definitely a black is a must!