Do you end up with bag-loads of other peoples clothes because they know you can sew? I do!! No one ever sends their clothes to the charity shop without letting me have a look through first !! That’s how I came upon the dress pictured below on the left:
It was a dress that was no longer being worn and I was drawn to the bright colours on it. The fabric was 100% cotton and I knew I might just squeeze a sleeveless top from it! I used this Simplicity pattern ( which I’ve made up before )
** just a little note if you plan to make this** – I cut mine about 5cm shorter than the pattern as I found it was a bit too long for my taste.
I started by checking if the pieces would fit using the lower portion of the dress:
It was clear that the top would extend into the other panels on the dress – but the waist section was a heavier fabric that had piping so I wasn’t too keen to use it. Instead I decided to patch together the pieces of the dress that I wanted to use. and avoid using the piped waistband piece.
I started by cutting apart the dress and the cut out the main back piece :
I then added a dark blue strip along the top, stitching right side together and overlocking the seam:
And then finished cutting out the back piece:
I approached the front piece in a similar way, fitting as much as I could on the fabric:
Adding a piece to the shoulder:
How it looked after adding shoulder pieces:
I bound the neckline and armholes with bias fabric strips:
It came together quickly and here’s the finished top!