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Liberty Summer Top

Here’s a lovely Liberty Summer Top made using Archive Lilac.  Anna JP from the office has been sewing again.  The lure of being surrounded by so many fabrics is so tempting.  It is such fun to see what people bring in after a weekend of sewing.

Liberty Summer Top

Here’s what Anna JP said about her Liberty Summer Top.  “Following my success making a floaty tie-sleeve top in the teal Archive Lilac, I was keen to see if I could modify the pattern to make a simpler top.  I also really loved the coral version of the fabric and couldn’t resist the idea of having summer tops in both!”

It is always a tricky thing choosing fabric when we have so many patterns and colours.

Liberty Summer Top

“For this top I re-drafted my previous pattern (Simplicity 8601).  I made single pieces for front and back, added a front dart, slightly scooped the front hem and dropped the back hem, and traced-out a new short sleeve. It sounds complicated but it wasn’t really. Ever resourceful, I used some scrap flipchart paper from a recent strategy meeting for the pattern pieces!”

Hope we are not giving away too many top Alice Caroline secrets.

Liberty Summer Top

“After altering the pattern, I made the whole top in about 2.5 hours. The sleeve was finished with small box pleats and vintage pearl buttons.  These have been in my family for a long time so it’s lovely to finally put them to a good use.”

Liberty Summer Top

“To add a bit of optional shape to it, I added belt loops to the back, and a short tie belt which can be adjusted to make the top more or less fitted. This is a great modification to suit the fitted-ness of the bottom half of your outfit. I’m wearing it quite loose here with skinny jeans, but it also goes really well worn more tied-in and fitted with wide leg crops for summer. It’s a lovely top to wear and a great demo of how a simple, easy to sew shape can look quite impressive when completed in a lovely fabric.”

I wonder what Anna will make next.

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