Saturday, 2 January 2016

Saved Sophia and a Happy New Year.

Happy New Year! May it bring us all health, happiness and hopefully enough time to sew.


I made this top which came free with  Love Sewing Magazine back in October, when Gabby organised the Sophia-sew along. Sadly, I hated the finished top! So it sat in the naughty pile, occasionally tried on and re-rejected! Until... I realised that  - as I can sew - I could alter it to fit!


Well, duh! Why did it take me so long to realise? I didn't take any 'before' photos, but you can take my word for it that it looked awful: excess fabric at the front, and gaping armholes that showed off my whole bra. My alteration was to remove a long wedge from armcycle to hem. Easy!

Still gapes a little, even after alterations! But not normally noticeable!
Did I copy my alteration down onto my pattern pieces so I could make it again? Nah. Maybe I will as I like this now, and it would look lovely in a super fluid viscose.


I definitely like the silhouette, and that the cropped length is unique in my wardrobe. I rather like how it gives the illusion that I am taller than my tiny stature by exposing lots of leg and waist!



Well, that's all folks. Everyone in blogland seems to be doing best ofs and plans for the new year, but I haven't quite got my arse in gear for that yet. Happy 2016, Louise x

25 comments:

  1. Happy new year! Glad to hear you managed to rescue your top. I really like the silhouette with the trousers as well.

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    1. Me too, would have made me sad not to wear it.

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  2. A pretty top and a lovely shape. It suits you.

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    1. Thank you, I definitely like the cropped look.

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  3. Your new top looks great Louise! Glad you managed to rescue the top in the end x

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  4. Stunning! It looks great on you!

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  5. That shape really suits you and the fabric is a beautiful colour as well. You should definitely make another version.

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  6. Good save! It would have been a shame for such pretty fabric to go to waste!

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    1. Exactly, its so pretty that it makes me want to wear it.

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  7. Happy New Year! I have a couple of those garments that need to be saved! The result is pretty -- the fabric is stunning!

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    1. It's hard finding the energy to fix things but worth the effort. Happy new year to you too.

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  8. Happy New Year! I'm glad you managed to make this work, as it's so lovely. The fabric is gorgeous.

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    1. Happy new year to you too. I really love the print, feel its very me!

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  9. Do you know, I put that pattern straight on ebay when I got it free with a magazine because it was screaming shapeless and baggy armholes for me too! You have made a good alteration to it though. Here's to more sewing in 2016. Jo x

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    1. Yes I should have known better. Seen quite a few gaping versions out in blogland too.

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  10. LOVE the silhouette! Great save, looking forward to seeing many more!

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    1. Thank you, I think the neckline is rather nice too.

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  11. works brilliantly on you and your right the crop does give length as you look tall in the photo's.

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  12. works brilliantly on you and your right the crop does give length as you look tall in the photo's.

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  13. Ooh, good save! I love the color and the cropped length. You ended up with quite an awesome top!

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  14. Such a pretty top! It was great to see you at the Brighton sewing bee. I LOVED that group and cannot wait to attend every month when we're (fingers crossed) back living in the Brighton area again. Big hugs xxx

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