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Sew Me Something Julia top with a small hack.

Here is another make that’s been sitting in my blogging queue for a little while… When Sew Me Something bought out this pattern I decided I had to make it …after all it had my name on it! Apart from it being called Julia I do love a slouchy comfy top, especially one with as much style as this one has.

I choose to make it in this gorgeous cotton stripe french terry from my online fabric shop. I love these wide stripes and the bright fresh pink.

These stripes were just asking to be played around with, hence my mini hack. The front is cut as one piece so the stripes would be horizontal all the way down to the hem. I decided to divide the pattern where the pocket bags fold to make the base of the pocket. I also divided the back so that the lower panel would run around the whole of the top. Introducing these seams meant I could cut the stripes vertically around this lower panel.

I stitched the majority of the top together with an overlocker set up with 4 threads. I stitched the pocket seam with a standard sewing machine. I used a shallow zig zag for this seam so that it would have a little bit of give. The fabric has a little bit of stretch but not much so I could have probably used a straight stitch.

I cut the neck band so the stripes ran vertically too. I choose a wide zig-zag stitch to finish the hems and to finish the neck seam.

It was quick and easy to make and lovely and comfy to wear. Worn here with my cropped trousers from an earlier blog post

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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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