Sewing

Sew Over It Molly Top

It’s been another bumpy few weeks here one way or another and I wasn’t able to get much sewing done for a while, but I’m now getting stuck into my Rosa Shirt Dress (it’s going so much better than I expected!!!) and last week I made my Sew Over It Molly Top 😊

I’m not entirely sure about the Molly Top to be honest, I made the smallest size and still had to take it in quite a bit at the sides to get the kind of fit that I prefer and the neck is sitting a bit weird, so I might have to take the neckband off and do it again.

My Molly Top
The pattern went together fairly quickly/easily and the instructions in the Comic Relief Crafternoon Mag were pretty clear. I was puzzled by the seam allowances being left unfinished/trimmed and just pressed open though and I ended up overlocking my side seams to tidy up the mess I’d made taking it in anyway 😂

I don’t think I like the style enough to make my owl print dress from it, but I’ll have another go at the top at some point. I’ve seen some lovely Molly tops, so probably just need to pay around with it a bit and I do really like how it’s looked over a rollneck today 😊

For now I’m enjoying putting my shirt dress together though and am really pleased with how that’s going 😊

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Named Clothing Paola & Geneva Tops

Things are still a little up and down here, but I’ve finally got the photos I need to write about my Named Clothing Paola and Geneva tops 😊 I used a cheap Cotton Interlock from eBay for both, just as a practice run, but I’ve actually ordered more as it feels so nice to wear.

I made the Paola Turtleneck Tee first and it’s such a lovely pattern – I wore it until it walked itself into the wash, it’s so cosy and comfortable! I had a few hitches due to sewing when tired haha which I’m including here because it actually amused me that I could be so daft 😆 First I sewed the sleeve in upside down and then I sewed the neck together the wrong way round and it had no stretch – oops!! Both mistakes were easily rectifiable with my trusty quick unpick though 😊

Sleeve sewn in the wrong way round
I added a couple of inches to the length, thanks to @amandaturner1977’s advice on Instagram and I actually think I might add another inch when I make it again. I’ll add an inch to the sleeves too as, although they’re a perfectly respectable length, I like my sleeves really long!

I also need to adjust the shoulders, as they’re finishing too far down my arm, but I think that should be fairly easy to do 😊

Shoulder seam finishing to far down arm
Next I made my Geneva Raglan Top and, again, it’s a great pattern and I lived in the top after I finished it 😊 I added a couple of inches to this one too, but will actually probably add an inch LESS next time, as it turned out rather long! The sleeves were a good length for me on this one too, with no extra added.

Geneva Top showing long length

I had to adjust the shoulder darts, due to them finishing too far down my arm and creating an odd shape, and I still couldn’t get them quite right, but they’re passable and I’m going to have a go at altering my pattern before I make it again.

Shoulder darts
Overall I’m really pleased with how both tops turned out and am looking forward to making them again 😊

Finished Paola and Geneva Tops

For now though, I’ve distracted myself with making a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Dress for the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge being run by @sewsarahsmith, @rocco.sienna and @sewing_in_spain over on Instagram. I fancied the idea of making a shirt dress for the summer and this has given me the push I needed to have a go 😊 It’s way out of my comfort zone and I’m extremely apprehensive about the buttonholes haha 😆 but I made a partial toile yesterday and that went really well, so I’m now looking forward to getting stuck in and having a go 😊

I’ve also got plans to make a Sew Over It Molly Top (pattern from the Comic Relief Crafternoon Mag) and, if that goes well, I want to make the dress version out of some cute owlie fabric I bought recently 😊 and I also came across the Papercut Patterns Hoodie recently and am excited about making one of those too!!

So many sewing plans, so little time haha 😂