Simple Sew Stylish Shell Top

Hello everyone! This month’s project is a nice, easy one and it’s perfect for using up fabric leftovers! I was so pleased that I managed to get the Stylish Shell Top out of my fabric remains!

The fabric is a reversible fabric that was bought at Lucky Fashions in Dewsbury. I did buy it with a plan, which was fulfilled (read about it in this post), but I still had a fair chunk left over. This was over two years ago now and it feels good to get rid of it from my stash for good!

The pattern comes with numerous design options. With my reversible fabric I just had to go for view C – the one with the most panels!


My first dilemma was what sides of the fabric did I use for what panels?

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I personally liked the large check being the main panel, with the gingham being the accents. A mini Instagram poll agreed so I went with it.

The pattern is a goody. It’s a straight-forward woven tee and it fits me straight out of the packet. I made no adjustments and cut the size 14 and everything fits perfectly – well almost.

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I think the only thing I will change for next time is to omit the panel at the bottom. I think it makes the top a little long for me and doesn’t quite stay on my hips. Other than that though it’s a great top and I think I’m going to be making many more of these out of my fabric scraps! The only shaping comes from simple bust darts which just happen to fit me in exactly the right places! I also have full movement in my arms, which makes the top very comfortable to wear. I don’t often have full movement in my woven makes so this was great.

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The neckline (and arm holes if you’re making view D) is finished with bias binding. I found some white in my stash which looked fine. Obviously, if I was really going for it I would make my own binding, but I had no fabric left.

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I’m normally a little bit anal when it comes to stripe matching but my lack of fabric (and brain power at the end of a busy week) meant that I couldn’t really do that. It looks more RTW that way anyway. Not one of my ready to wear checked tops (and I have a few) have the checks matched at the side seams so I decided not to worry about it!

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So there you go! I found this project a great little palate cleanser whilst I’m in the midst of Christmas gift making. I’m not a quick sewist but this took me about an hour and a half to complete. Not bad at all!


Simple Sew Blogger’s Meetup

A year ago today (12th November 2016) I went on a Simple Sew bloggers meet up. The following blog post has been in draft form for nearly that long but for some reason, which I forget, I never published it! I have not changed any of the writing to make it more current but I thought you may be interested to see what went on and who I met up with! Not to mention the hilarious, professional photographs that were taken! Continue reading

No.4 London Coat by How to do Fashion

I have neglected my little blog recently haven’t I? I have been sewing, it’s just that it’s mostly been stuff that I can’t really show on here (yet) like pattern tests and presents for people who may read my blog!

It feels good to get this project up on the blog though. This has taken me pretty much the whole of October to get sewn up and I’ve really enjoyed making it. Continue reading

Birthday presents for the Sister-in-law!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while. It’s been a while because I have been waiting for my husband to write this blog post for months. I’ve given up hope so I’m writing it instead…

At the end of June (June!) it was my sister-in-law’s significant birthday. Paul decided to do a ‘Paul special’ and make her birthday present. I also made her something but I’ll show you that later. Continue reading

Hack it: Cleolly?

This is my entry for the Monthly Stitch ‘Hack it’ comp. It got shortlisted so that’s exciting! Thank you to my Facebook friends for voting for me and if any of you blog readers would care to vote it would be very much appreciated (although I may have left it too late!). 

Cleolly? Does that work? Anyway….when the Hack It challenge was first announced on the Monthly Stitch I originally thought that I would sit this one out. I do lack imagination when it comes to altering or combining patterns and I like to follow instructions more or less as the designer intended. However, my little subconscious mind was busy working in the background and came up with…. Continue reading

How to do Fashion – #no. 8 Svaneke

There are many indie pattern companies that I have yet to try and I have a number of patterns from them in my stash. I was having difficulties choosing a ‘new to me‘ pattern for the Monthly Stitch challenge. I was thinking originally about the Nettie Bodysuit from Closet Case Patterns (yes, I have yet to sew a single thing from this company) but my lack of working overlocker put paid to that idea. I then remembered the pattern I received from my #stitchingsanta parcel. It is from IPM sponsor How to do Fashion. Continue reading