The Western ‘UFO for a reason’ top


The Facts

Fabric: Blue and yellow plaid – some kind of cotton I think. No idea where it came from, so free.
Pattern from Burdastyle magazine, I couldn’t tell you which one.
Year Contemporary
Notions thread
Time to complete a year and a half! And it’s still not done.
First worn: Today.
Wear again? Not sure. Probably not.
Total price: Free

I was going to sit it out this week. We have all been ill – nothing major, just colds and sniffles, and I could not motivate myself to do anything.  I have also made a pledge not to buy any more fabric until I have made at least five things using fabric from my stash, and I had nothing that struck me as particularly ‘western-y’.

My daughter found this UFO top in a bag of scraps.  Believe it or not this was the first top that I ever attempted.  It was in a Burdastyle magazine that I have long since lost, and was supposed to be for novices.  However, with all of two weeks sewing experience and the notorious Burdastyle instructions it was beyond me.  I managed to cut it out and stitch half the seams, but then I got to the bit where you use bias binding. Bias binding? You what?  I could have looked it up but I had already lost interest in the project, so it got shelved.

A year and a half later and I not only know what bias binding is, but have used it many times, with reasonable success.  And isn’t plaid kind of cowboy-ish?

In theory I could have finished this in less than an hour.  In reality it is still unfinished – the armholes are still missing their bias binding.  The truth is that I have realised why I lost interest.  It is totally unflattering, and if I lean forward in it I will get arrested for indecent exposure.  I could probably make some adjustments but I don’t think I’ll bother.  At least it is one less UFO to worry about.



Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


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  1. Good for you for not buying any new fabric. I think plaid is very western, so you nailed it there. However, I agree that the neckline is a little oh-la-la! I’m glad you could make it work and post this week. Happy Sewing!

  2. I think it looks pretty good in the photos : ) But seriously, if you still haven’t finished it then maybe it’s time for it to move on. Some projects are meant to teach us a new skill and you’ve done that. Glad to see you posting on here more!

  3. Ha! Cute fabric, but I agree, if you’re not loving it, time to move on with your skills and your energy. It can be tricky– but not impossible– to fit the fabric you have into the themes. And having a rule like that makes you more choosy about what you do buy, not a bad thing.

  4. The colours really suit you, and the checks are definitely western. It looks great in the photos.