Hot! The “Fools rush in” Two Seam Top

The Facts
Fabric” Thrifted Polyester Georgette $3.50
Pattern: Self Drafted – based on Simplicity 4538
Year: 1950’s
Notions: just thread
Time to complete: 1 hour – a record!
First worn: April 2012 for the photos
Wear again? No

Source: via Trish on Pinterest

Now I am quite a goody good, I suppose you’d say. I don’t like getting in trouble. I follow the rules pretty much. But when it comes to sewing I am quite the rebel. Instruction sheets – pah – I know better, do the zip this way – no thanks. If I can think of an easier way I’ll do that. Recommended fabrics – I’ll be the judge.

But when Casey tried out this pattern and advised that it was meant for knit textures, I wish I listened.

Pink is not really my colour. I like it for pyjamas, but it doesent suit me. But when I found this lovely painterly 50’s-ish pink and brown rose print, I thought – that will be just the ticket!

I am glad I only spent an hour sewing two seams – which sounds like slow going when you count them! But I wanted to finish them nicely – because it’s a sheer fabric. Casey said turn and catch stiich. I wonder if she has washed her one yet? I was taught that hand sewing does not hold knit fabrics. It just falls out – now that is a rule I am not willing to break!

This top is difficult to put on, pulls uncomfortably over my arms, restricts arm movement and falls down constantly – needing readjusting. On me it is unflattering – too bulky at the front. And I coulden’t drive a car in it – fail!

Still, I really like the concept and would love to make it up in a knit fabric, perhaps a stripe would be fun.

The pattern is intruiging as it uses really little fabric, is just a rectangle, and does produce what is a cute little shrug – if you need such a thing to wear to your next summer wedding or formal event!

I recommend you take Casey’s advice – that girl knows her stuff. And remember – hand sewing is not recommended!

More tips on making this on my blog



Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. I would have been pulled in by the cute design on the pattern but I can understand your fit issues. I think it looks great, I even went to Casey’s blog to see her version. I may have to try one myself just for giggles. You carry it off beautifully, I’d never know from your pictures that you weren’t loving this. This is the great thing about weekly challenges, sometimes we nail them and others we finish and say “OK, next!”

  2. Ahh yes, it’s all trick photography – literally. I couldent wait to get it off and I am considering offering it for a giveaway on my blog! Usually I love what I make and my success rate has been reasonable up to now. I found it last night in a basket of laundry – unloved! It might make a a great challenge if everyone wanted something super easy, with no technical sewing. You just need instructions to put it on!

  3. The photos look great, maybe you can wear this just standing in line for something haha ah bummer it’s a shame because the drape at the front looks fabulous. Damn those fitting issues. I love the fabric you’ve chosen though, it’s got your name written all over it!

  4. Thanks Kazz, exactly – that’s all it’s good for! I was thinking of you as I put on every different type of jewellery I had too x

  5. Isn’t if funny how ‘simple’ patterns are anything but! I tried a ‘one piece’ skirt pattern last year and had to abandon it in the end because no way did it look like the one on the pattern cover…imagine how a newbie to sewing would have felt…put off for life! Anyway, I love the fabric too and hope you can do something with it.

  6. “Recommended fabrics – I’ll be the judge” Hahahaha, I totally agree!!
    I still like the whole look of it. It’s just too bad you can’t lift your arms! Try it again with some spare knit and chalk this up to a learning process.

  7. It’s really too bad that you can’t move it in – it looks really lovely! I definitely think you should try it in a stripe knit as you mentioned.

  8. I like the drapes at the front. The pattern is more suited for stretchable fabrics like jersey, knit or lycra. Or you could widen the arm hole and insert a zip at the back.

  9. Looks great, shame about the issues. I’ve been tempted to try this ever since I saw Casey’s version – two seams, what can possibly go wrong? I may well give it a go anyway, but definitely in a knit.

  10. Have to admit I’d thought about trying this pattern from reading about Casey’s….it intrigues me. Perhaps you could wear it and do impressions of T Rex’s and their little flappy arms??

  11. Ooops should have also said, if you hadn’t told us about the restrictive nature, it looks lovely and we’d never have known.

  12. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments, I just got my blog post up – it has the reverse page of the pattern envelope – which I found on Flickr – I highly recommend taking a look at this, if you ever want to make this, and it’s essential if you actually want to put it on as well!