A few months ago I was given a very generous gift when I left my last job. They knew I loved sewing so instead of the traditional flowers they bought me a voucher for fabric godmother. Best gift ever or what? (Thanks Alexa for giving them a hint!)
Crazily I only recently got round to buying anything with my voucher. Wooow it was fun spending someone else’s money on beautiful fabric! The most expensive fabric I bought was this beautiful blue, cotton jaquard. I just fell in love with the stunning watermark pattern. As soon as I saw it I had to have it, but at £18 (!!!!) pound a metre I just couldn’t justify more than a metre.
Something stylish, that will show off the fabric with only a metre? After seeing so many lovely Scout Tees by Grainline I decided this would be the perfect pattern – simple but effective.
The fabric was so easy to sew with (I’d just finished my chiffon Mathilde) and the whole thing only took me a couple of hours, I LOVE quick sewing! Although, I went a bit fancy again and sewed French seams. The material is a little thick but as it’s a loose top I didnt think it mattered too much, and it looks so much prettier! I also bias bound the sleeve seams, so the insides are as pretty as the outsides.
I then finished with some satin bias binding on the neckline and sleeves, a la my last sonja dress. I think its just enough sparkle without being too much. I didn’t want to detract from the gorgeous pattern on the fabric, but wanted to make it special. Annoyingly, I think I’ve slightly stretched the neckline while putting in the bias binding, but there was no time to fix this before lunch (and photo taking), I’m hoping a little steaming will to the trick.
I wore this top to lunch at my parent’s house, hence the creasing and pretty french windows Looking back at the photos I’ve noticed that the neck line gapes a little, but I think that’s due to my large bust and small back not due to the pattern. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the way its turned out. It’s a top I would definitely buy in a shop, and totally my style. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I love hassle free sewing!