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

Simple Sew Sophia Skirt (and top)!

If you’re in the UK you must have heard about the dressmakers ball. When this was first announced I looked into getting a ticket to go. And then my husband ruined everything by pointing out that it’s at 7.00pm on a Friday night in Leicester which is a bugger to get to on the train from Scarborough. Even if I left work the instant I finished I would be very late and stressed.  I’ve decided to be jealous of everyone who is going and just hope that they do it again next year (on a Saturday please so us workers from far away can go!). Continue reading

Simple Sew Anneka Tunic

Hi everyone! I’m here to show you my March make (I know, I know) for Simple Sew! It’s the Anneka Tunic which you can get here.  One of the reasons why I’m so late in posting is because I did manage to make a right meal of it.  I want to reassure you though that this is an incredibly simple pattern that is perfect for beginners.  I just got a bit blasé and overconfident with it because it really is so simple!  I’ll explain later…. Continue reading