The “Autumn Parading” Top

Autumn parading as spring, that is!

The Facts:

Fabric: Scrap from the op-shop, 20c
Pattern: None (inspired by this tutorial: http://freshlygiven.com/blog/diy/tutorial-grandmas-skirt-to-blouse/)
Year: Current
Notions: Grey bias tape, op-shop, ~50c
Time to complete: ~3 hours? Maybe less?
First worn: To take pictures in :)
Wear again? Why not?
Total price: ~70c

I picked up this little scrap of fabric months ago (I think it might have been an old pillowcase or bedsheet…) with the plan of making a top or something out of it, but it had been a case of out of sight, out of mind…. until I saw the Pantone Spring Colour challenge was coming up!

Hmmm, what do you think?

 

 

Maybe the green is closer to being a mix of Margarita and Starfish, than Margarita itself…. but I think the general feel is there! :)

Around this time, Oona posted an “Oona does it!” challenge, in which she used a tutorial from Freshly Given, and the idea for this top was born! It is pretty much just a square with a hole for my head and some ties.

 

 

 

In the original tutorial, the sides were left open, but I found it a bit gape-y and stitched them up! The ties can be tied at the back or front.

Bow tied in the back:

 

 


Bow tied in the front:

 

 

Yep, that second last photo was me trying to be creative with some flower petals… and I don’t know why I look so grumpy in the last photo!

For such a simple top, I actually rather like it! It isn’t very fitted (no darts or anything!), but is easy to throw on with jeans, and I hope to wear it several more times while the weather is still warm… Autumn really is parading as spring here at the moment! :)

For your amusement, some more petal throwing attempts. Why yes, I did get hit in the face…

 

 

 

Author

Beata L

Beata Laurenson is a recently married university student from Melbourne, Australia. She hopes taking part in the Sew Weekly challenges each week will inspire her to improve her sewing skills and update her wardrobe.

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  1. This is darling! Simple and surprisingly versatile.

  2. I love your petal throwing and your top! Such a simple shape and so cute!

  3. Lovely! Thanks for sharing the tutorial – I’ll have to keep it in mind. It looks like a very versatile top. Cute photos too.

  4. I love this top and want to try it but don’t know how the pattern would work with a large bust. Worth a go I think. The colours are pretty and the grey bias tape is ideal.

  5. I love this and also would recommend going to Freshly Given’s blog! This is just so cute but, I too, wonder what it would look like on a, heh hem, larger woman such as I. I intend to find out because this is just way too adorable.

  6. Very flattering . Beautiful colors and nice adaptation of the tutorial using a square neck and bias tape. Since this is cherry blossom time here, your photos are timely, as is the fabric.

  7. Hi Beata, love the last 2 photos, they would have been great feature photos! I love the simplicity of the structure but really the pairing of the perfect fabric makes this fantastic to wear. I love it.

  8. Wow, I think it’s definately 80′s bedlinen but it looks so pretty on you. And it’s amazingly unstructured, but the tie makes it really interesting and versatile. Pretty photos too. I wonder what it would look like on different figure types. I would need mine a lot longer. Yay! And yes, I am looking forward to a warm easter, we have a swim at Freshwater beach planned for tomorrow and maybe some fine weather for the kids two week school holiday!