Finished the Shell Top…. and it’s wearable!


Happy Monday guys,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend?  I can’t believe I’ve done it, I’ve finished the top and it fits!  Ok it could do with a FBA and maybe make it a little longer to be more flattering, but it’s done, it’s well constructed and it’s the first thing I’ve made from a pattern with no help!  I’m so pleased with it I’m wearing it to work!



Bouyed with this success I’m going to make some pyjama shorts for my girls! In a lovely white cotton with strawberries on to be teamed with a white vest top cute or what?


I’ve definitely got the sewing bug again, but must learn to step away from my fabric after wine!  Getting a bit giddy on saturday evening, I just had to sew something so decided a pin cushion would be a fairly safe bet?!  You’d think eh?  Well not so, as for some reason all sense of proportion went out the window and I ended up with this which is super tiny and probably only fit for the borrowers!  Oh well lesson learnt 😉






Sleeveless Shell Top – Fashion with Fabric (Sewing Bee)


I’m on a roll, totally back in the sewing groove and thanks to Nadine, I’m much improved as my efforts on my latest project prove!  I started cutting out the pattern for this last week and then put it away as the weekend was a wee bit manic.  I was also really nervous about starting to sew, but last night the children were playing, the husband was out and I just went for it.

Although the top is rated for a beginner, there are a lot of skills I’ve not used yet, attaching facing, neatening raw edges with a zig zag, bust darts etc… However, so far so good I’m over the moon with how it’s looking.


The bust darts were a dream.  I was initially worried about the weird sticky out bit on the side of the front of the top and thought I’d cut it out wrong but duh that’s the bit that’s folded to make the dart.  I found the easiest way to mark them on my fabric was by tracing the dart on to a piece of paper and then onto the fabric (as I had been lazy and not marked them out originally).  They make such a difference to the shaping and were not as daunting as I expected.  I think next time I will do a FBA (full bust adjustment) as although I’ve cut a bigger size I still think it will be on tight side but I didn’t want to over complicate this attempt.

The facing was a mystery to me, I kept re-reading the pattern and not being able to follow what was happening and couldn’t visualise how it would work when pulled through.  I decided just to go for it and low and behold it not only worked, it looks so neat and well finished!  I’m soooooo happy and it’s something I will definitely use again!


The ziz zag neatening of the facing was not such an outstanding success though as my machine wouldn’t allow me to sew along the edge without getting caught up.  I decided just to do it a bit further in and will trim back, but the effect is the same it won’t fray.  Oh for an over-locker but this will do for now.  It’s hard to see in these hastily taken photos but will do better ones when I post the finished top.

All in all I’m giddy it’s gone so well!  To celebrate I’ve ordered a load more fabric for the next projects!

Please feel free to comment, are you working on something which demands new skills?  Do you have tips on the zig zag bit or anything else?

Thank you for reading

Claire xxx