Hi sewing buddies!

I’ve long wanted a basic top pattern, an everyday easy-wear woven top that could act as a ‘block’ to be customised at will. I’ve tried a few over the years – some of which ended up taking so much redrafting, I basically lost the will to finish. However, roll of drums please, I think I may have found it, without much effort, in Sew Over It’s ‘Whitley Top’!

It’s an easy and quick sew and helpfully comes with four different front pieces depending on your cup size (A-B, C-D, E-F and G-H), two neck finishes (round or ‘V’) and three sleeve lengths. It’s available as a stand-alone pattern or as part of an online course. It’d make a great beginner sew!

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I’ve recently made a couple of tops using fairly ‘loud’ and complex prints. My lovely husband chose the fabrics and, not unsurprisingly, the issue of pattern matching said print never occurred to him. Which got me thinking : how often do we disregard a beautiful but complex print when purchasing fabric because the idea of pattern matching it puts us off? So I thought I’d show the foolproof (i.e. it works for me!) method I use for matching seams, so you too can be liberated in your fabric choices!

Pattern matching fabrics with a regular and repeating pattern, like stripes or checks is one thing – the pattern itself actually helps in the pattern matching process. Here I’m going to demonstrate using this busy, not quite so helpful, print at a centre-back seam. (I recommend you read through fully at least once before attempting to follow it in ‘real life’!)

(If you’re looking for guidance on pattern matching smaller areas, e.g. a two-piece/cuffed, patch pocket, I cover that here).

Lady McElroy viscose crepe in Jade – purchased from Minerva (see here)

Let’s start by taking a a look at the tools I find useful…

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Did you see the #sewtogetherloungewear Challenge post? It contains all the details of this pared back mini-sewing challenge replacing this years’ #sewtogtherforsummer whilst we say home, stay safe and, hopefully, find time to sew. If you’re looking to sew yourself comfy, here’s our loungewear sewing pattern picks – tops and bottoms – just waiting for you to make them your own! Where possible, we’re showcasing the patterns as made by our fellow makers to help give you a feel for how they work in the ‘wild’ 😉

You could also check out the #sewtogetherloungewear hashtag page to see what everyone else has been making!

NB if you’re reading this on your ‘phone, you will get a better viewing experience if you hold it sideways/horizontally!

Here’s our picks, starting with …

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