Hi you crafty bunch!
So my friend Spammy (also known as Spamalamadingdong, Spam… also Sam by some more… normal people ) would love to get into making clothes for herself, or at least to be able to adapt pieces she has that don’t fit correctly. So we figured we’d have a couple of crafting days and I’d help her make a top with the fabrics of her choice!
She had wanted to have the lining done in a teal stretch satin, with a lace or crochet navy blue top layer and sleeves, but unfortunately the satin that came wasn’t stretch so we decided to make it an overlay top instead (using the bodice lining pattern pieces, not the outer) so that she can wear it over any colour camisole!
I’ve gotta say that whilst the crochet fabric looks and feels lovely, it’s a pain in the *rse to sew with as you can imagine, so unfortunately I ended up having to make the majority of the top as it just wasn’t a fabric for beginner sewists, but hopefully it was still an education to a certain extent!
The fabric held well enough together to just sew together as is for the seams, but for the gathering I had to sew it onto ribbon, then with the overlocker I lopped the ribbon part off as I sewed it onto the bodice and sleeves, and I used a ribbed black ribbon on the neckline.
I made a couple of minor alterations to the patterns to suit Spammy, I lowered the waist so it would sit closer to wear she usually wears her trousers (rather than more of an underbust waist), and made the fluttery sleeves half the length so she wouldn’t drape them in everything (altho thankfully I think she is less accident prone and messy than I am…)
Anyways, I’m pleased to say that she loves it even more now it’s finished, and she can’t wait to wear it out!!
Hope you like!