Sunday, 4 October 2015

Pink Fleece Tops

Mum gave me a large piece of pink fleece from her fabric stash last year. It took me a while to get to it but I have now used it to make two different tops, based on the same pattern. I know you are probably sick of hearing me rave about the Tilly and the Buttons Coco, but I find this pattern is a great base to work from.

The first top I made way back during Me Made May 15, and those who follow my blog got a sneak peak back then.


This was a straight size 5 with the boat neck and two front pockets. I have worn this a lot over winter as it's lovely and cosy in the fleece. The only draw back is that it seems to keep shrinking with every wash, despite pre-washing the fabric. The sleeves are now quite a bit too short.


The second top was based on the same pattern with quite a few changes. I straightened the side seams from the underarm down to the hem, removing all shaping to create a boxy effect. I borrowed the scoop neckline from the Sewaholic Renfrew as I have done before, and I cut a high - low hemline.


This top was really just a bit of an experiment and has resulted in a wearable muslin. I have learnt a bit during the process and there are things I will change for the next one.


A close up of the side slits and the overly exaggerated high - low hem. I will lengthen the front next time so the difference is less exaggerated.


I had intended to use a knit ribbing band to finish off the neckline, but when I pulled out the ribbing, the colour was not a good match. So I stabilised the edge with clear elastic, turned and top stitched with a twin needle. This worked out quite well. I am wearing it with my Grainline Archer blogged here. 

(These photos were taken during our overnight stay on a yacht in Pittwater, just north of Sydney, for our first wedding anniversary.)


Happy Sewing

10 comments:

  1. Great use of this pattern -- so nice when you find you that you can adapt and alter to your own tastes, in so many ways! ps - you look great in pink :)

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    1. Thanks Melwyk. I see you have been doing a little of the same, with great results too. I love the pink with my light denim jeans.

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  2. I love the second one with the shirt worn underneath. It looks perfect for living the high life on a boat!

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    1. It's been quite a deviation from my usual style, however I think I like it. Maybe more of these in the future. The stay on the yacht was quite an experience and something special to celebrate our anniversary.Thanks for your comment Megan.

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  3. Yes, that second one is very special, and bears almost no resemblance to our beloved Coco. Mind you, I also love the first one. They are so different that you wouldn't think they are related by fabric!

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    1. Thank you Sue. I'm having fun with tweaking my Coco pattern. Still some work to do yet.

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  4. Such a simple but very useful top. In fact your whole outfit is lovely.

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth. I'm a big fan of simple sewing.

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  5. Great layering piece and no way you would recognise it as a Coco.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. Just a few small tweaks to the pattern have made a big change, while retaining the great fit in the arms and shoulder area.

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