I had enough fabric left over from my spotty Ruby Dress to make the Shell Top from the latest Great British Sewing Bee book – Fashion with Fabric.
I’m not sure whether I like it or not, though. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.
My reasons are: The fit isn’t great – it’s snug around my hips but a loose elsewhere. I think I could deal with the looseness if it wasn’t snug at the hem. I look pregnant from front on in the photo below! (I am NOT pregnant!) Also I’m not sure what my expression is saying – at least it’s not a selfie!
I have worn it for Me-Made-May and had to take it off at 5pm as it was uncomfortable around the armholes . It looks like it fits OK, so it’s a bit odd really. I think the fabric may be a tad heavy to be comfortable, what with the facing as well.
That said, I do like some things about it. The neckline (both front and back) fits nice and smoothly. I French seamed the side seams – which is becoming a standard in my sewing now! I liked the construction – the all-in-one armhole/neckline facing step was good and one I have done before on my Simplicity 1609 dresses (1 and 2); I like how neat it is.
And although the little button at the back isn’t necessary fastening-wise, I do think it’s pretty cute.
And I like how the hem is lower at the back because I do like longer tops; this is primarily what drew me to the pattern in the first place. However here lies the problem. The top is too snug around my hips. After seeing a few of them in blogland I learnt that it comes up quite short – so I lengthened the pattern a few inches before I cut mine. I should have considered the fact that I was lengthening it over my hips so should have added more width. Dammit. You can see below that I added quite a chunk to the waist. Oh, I’m so smart in hindsight.
I’m considering perhaps cutting into the side seams, creating ‘V’ slits to give more ease. What do you think? Is it worth a try?
I made another spotty top too, last week – I will blog it in a couple of days! It’s from Lauren Guthrie’s book – the simple sleeveless top. Yes, I am polka dot crazy!