I have always had a soft spot for clothing with blue stripes and it turns out I didn’t have anything blue striped in my wardrobe. So as soon as I saw this beautiful fabric on Felicity Fabrics, I thought it would be perfect to try.
The fabric is a medium weight fabric, 140gsm so perfect for shirts and shirt dresses. When I got it in the post and felt the great quality I knew it would be perfect for a Tilly and the Buttons Stevie top. Since my last blog post was the Kelly Anorak I was after something a bit simpler but still enjoyable.
The Stevie top has an expansion pack so I decided to use this and make the longer sleeve version. When I was cutting out the fabric, I had the idea that I would like to make a matching skirt or have a two piece set from it.
I pre washed the fabric at 30 and pressed before cutting. I would always recommend pre washing your fabrics where it is suitable for the fabric. Truth be told, I only start pre washing 2 years ago, 3 years into my sewing journey.
The cotton fabric was very nice to cut out, my scissors just glided through it. Once I had it cut, I split the steps up over a number of evenings. I think this helps if you can’t have a big sewing session but need your fill each day.
Sewing the Stevie top was really straightforward and definitely fabulous for beginners. All in all, over the few days that I sewed it, it didn’t take long to make. I made a size 4 as I normally would with Tilly’s patterns. I used a size 80 universal needle on my sewing machine and overlocked the seams. I don’t think the fabric would fray much so it doesn’t need to be overlocked if you don’t have access to one. You could also use french seams or zig zag the edges of the seams if you like a neater finish.
For the skirt I simply used the Stevie skirt piece as a guide for the shape. I used what fabric I had left. For the waistband, I cut a piece of elastic according to my waist measurement and then sewed it onto the skirt. It’s a nice simple design but very effective I hope.
I am delighted with the end result and the fabric is so soft to wear. It would also be great for a man’s shirt or kid’s clothing too. I’ll be able to wear my new garments together or as separates, I love the versatility!
Spot the bonus photos of the naked toddler! Of course Master Henry wanted to be involved with the photos. But I must say he was rather helpful…he brought me my hair brush and helped to set up the tripod.
If you get this fabric, I would love to see what you make. Tag me SewNo65 and felicity.fabrics if you make something with it, that would be fabulous. Don’t forget you can get 10% off your order with the code REBEKAH10.