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So the deadline for the first Petersfield Sewing Bee has passed and my entry is on display in the window of my local fabric shop. So now I think would be a good time to show you what I made, a 1940s style sun top.
You will remember from my previous post that the first challenge was to make something out of 1 yard of fabric, 2 feet of patterned and 1 foot of plain. I ummmed and ahhhhed about what I should make out of such a small quantity of fabric.
I considered making a bag or a purse, but I’m a dressmaker at heart and feel much more confident with clothes. Should I make something for a child but the tiny measurements throw me off as I so rarely make for anybody under the age of 11. But could I really make something for an adult out of such a small quantity of fabric?
It turned out I could. By coincidence I had picked up in a sale a pattern for a 1940s style sun top (Simplicity 1426*) which called for, you guessed it, only 1 yard of fabric. There were several different style options for the pattern but I went for the one that used the least fabric.
Here’s how I did it:
I then forgot to take any photos of me adding the button and buttonhole because I find buttonholes very stressful. Forgive me, I hope to do a photo tutorial of that soon.
But then there we have!
The Finished 1940s Sun Top
I’m really pleased with how my sun top turned out. When I first saw the poppy print I thought it was too large a scale for such a small sun top. But it ended up looking very effective.
Let me know what you think of my first entry to the Petersfield Sewing Bee. The next challenge is a refashioning challenge which I am really excited about. So make sure you stay tuned for that!
Also do you find these sort of post helpful? I am thinking about doing a series of sewing tutorials since I wrote my post on how to sew a blind hem. Would that be something that you would find useful?