Sunday 14 April 2013

A Little Sewing

I have great pleasure to inform you that I Charlotte Pb has ventured back to the world of dressmaking. It has been over six months since I have last made myself anything, taking the pressure away and treating myself to some shop bought clothes really help my busy times. Although I have actually missed my crafting/ hobby times, so with a week off work I indulged myself, just a little.

Firstly I have to say I was going to enter this into Faye's essential top sew along, I even finished it in time BUT I lost the lead to my camera and had to order a new one. So the sew along has been and gone and it was tremendous with over a hundred participants, so well done Faye!

My little effort as you know I don't tend to push the boundaries of effort was an easy top, taken form this lovely book.

This book is a real gem, so may other have noted that often this style of book comes with limited sizing. I used small pattern and I am generally a size 14.  The garments in this book really lend themselves to English weather, lots of layering of clothes to suit ant season. I chose a basic top, but I am also eyeing up the drawstring trousers and a a cute dress.

I was true to form very easy to make up, and I am enjoying the way it hangs, I don't like anything too tight around my middle! It does have an essence of a smock, due to the lack of darts, but with home made binding a cute sleeves I think this is a wearable little number. Note to self though, is to improve with the binding around the neck, I had give it a little pleat as it gaped. I'm sure there are better ways to deal with this.

The fabric is thrift from a duvet cover bought from a boot fair last summer. I just long for a bit of warmth to wear it now.


  1. Yea Charlotte. Proud you have a week off and got to do some sewing.. It always feels good, after an absence.ha So proud you got to do the blouse
    SAL. I was proud of it, It helped motivate me to finish a couple blouses.
    I too, am so ready for warm weather.. It is beginning to get warm/pretty around here.yea.
    Love your blouse, and the fabric is beautiful. The book looks nice too.. Happy sewing.

  2. I love the neckline on that, and the fabric! And I'm definitely with you on longing for some warmth - will this winter never end?

  3. Great top and love the fabric find.

  4. Hi Charlotte, nice to see you back. This is a lovely top, I really like the neckline and the fabric is great too! Here's hoping for some more sunny weather so we can get wearing our spring clothes more often!

  5. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments left. x