Girls summer sun-top/skirt project for Sewing World magazine

This was the second project I wrote for Sewing World magazine, quite a while ago now. I always like the idea of multi function garments. I have a small obsession working out if a garment can be reversible!

I designed this top to be wearable as a top or skirt. With the addition of a large sash at the side seams it made it adjustable at the waist or chest appropriate to the wearer.


first sw top

To illustrate the idea of how to wear it I made my daughter a coordinating top and leggings and submitted the photos with the project. Projects are submitted several months ahead of the publishing date so these photos were taken in January. We had to come inside for cuddles every few minutes!

first sw

The origianl sample of this style is stillone of ella’s favourite items, worn more as a skirt than a top. If you would like to make this back issues of the magazines are availabel to buy from the Sewing worlsd magazine.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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