Friday, September 17, 2010

The Fave Top

Since the effort I made for my birthday wardrobe, I haven't really felt like sewing at all. This is a strange and unwelcome sensation to me that I am trying to overcome.

I had a casual dinner to go to at someone's house last night, and wanted something comfy to wear, so I decided to try and overcome the sewing lethargy with Tessuti's free 'Fave Top' - you can find it here.

It is a very simple project, so I thought I should be able to muster up the energy for it. I finished it just in the nick of time:

It is basically a very loose t-shirt that comes down in those tail-type things at the side (my description is so technical!):

The back just covers my bum - it is loose enough that you get bum-coverage anyway:

I made a few changes/additions to the pattern:

  • I lengthened the front and back by approx 5cm.
  • I used bias binding for the neck -- the pattern calls for the neck edge to be turned under. 
  • I interfaced the hem -- it was much easier to sew interfaced, and I could get those nice little 'points' at the side seams. 
I wore it with leggings (so comfy for eating a huge dinner in) and little ballet slippers. 

It is a great pattern - nice and easy - and free! I'm still feeling no love for my machine though -- I'm going to read a book I got for my b'day today and resolutely ignore it - I must need a good break!


  1. Usually when I lose my sewing mojo, I read my sewing books or vogue or something, That makes me want to sew like theres no tomorrow! Thanks for you comments on the dirndle skirt, they are so easy and pretty :-)

  2. Hello Rachel - I love this...have always admired in on Lisa at Tessuti's site ...your stripes are perfect for it. Spending the day reading is a good thing ...sewing for me is not an all the time comes and goes with need (and want) and the other things happening in my life...and that is fine.

  3. I have been wanting to sew this for so long! I have never sewn with knit before so I thought this might be a good forgiving first project.

  4. I think it is a cute top! And maybe you just need to find the right new project to get excited about. No matter what- don't push it- the last thing that diminished sewing mojo needs is a project that doesn't turn out well. Good luck!

  5. Love your blog. I also love vintage patterns. I am signing up as a follower and putting you on my blog roll.


  6. I break is a must now and again. Your fave top looks fab :)

  7. I'm sure you'll get your sew-jo back soon. That top looks great on you...

  8. Thanks everyone. I think I might try a little sewing this weekend. We are changing the rooms around at my house this week (massive job!) and I'll have a new sewing area that I hope will be inspiring for me to start up again!

  9. Thanks for the comment on my top! I skimmed my down a bit on the sides so that is probably why it is not so baggy. Also maybe because you extended yours it is baggier.

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