A rather lovely Summery Liberty Top has been made by Anna JP from the Alice Caroline office. She has used a lovely print called Archive Lilac and had us all swooning when she arrived in the office today.
Anna says “I used the Simplicity pattern 8601 and chose this particular fabric as it is summery and fresh without being too girly or nightdress-ish. The pattern and fabric cutting took about two hours, partly as this is the first time I’ve used this pattern, and partly because I went for the bias cut version of the top. Sewing it took about 5 hours, and was easy and enjoyable apart from having to fiddle with the rear facing, which took a bit of rework to lay flat – again, extra work due to making it on the bias.”
“I love my new top. The sleeves can tie in two different ways or hang loose and the front can be semi-tucked or knotted, so it’s quite versatile, and unique to me.” The tied sleeve option is perfect for tucking into a jacket or cardigan, which can be a problem on some tops with 3/4 sleeves.
The Summery Liberty Top pattern: Anna says she found the best price from Etsy seller okiedokiepatterns in Canada. Shipping to the UK only took a couple of days, and she said she’d definitely buy from them again as they were much cheaper than many other sellers.
The Fabric: You can buy the Archive Lilac fabric here
Anna’s top tip for sewing: Listen to your favourite podcast and/or a retro (90s indie) playlist of your choice whilst making up – it’s the secret ingredient to a happy sew!
As ever, happy sewing and I hope you feel inspired.
Love Alice x