Sleeveless shell top from GBSB book

Hey everyone, today I am showing you what I have been working on last week. I really wanted a bit of a quick win and so made a sleeveless top straight from the pattern.  I chose a pattern from a book I already had on my bookshelf – the Great British Sewing Bee Book – Fashion with Fabric, the book that accompanied last year’s series.


I figured the pattern couldn’t go too far wrong, could it??!




Our cat was being silly on the floor next to me!


No, not too bad really! I mean, not perfect but pretty good for what I wanted it for which was to fill the hole in my wardrobe for hot days to wear to work. I know that the fit is not good, honestly don’t know how I would fix this if I wanted to, any ideas? Maybe it needed to be a little wider at the bottom to hang better? I would like to attend a fitting class to answer all my fitting Qs!

I picked up the fabric from the remnants table in C&H a little while ago. It’s just cotton if I recall correctly, it could be a little stiff for the pattern but this meant I didn’t use any interfacing for the facing. The fabric has blue speckles and the occasional red bit in it which makes it a little more interesting than plain white.


Can you see the red specks?

I am really happy with how I put it together, didn’t make any silly mistakes which was nice and I enjoyed using my overlocker for all the seams. I liked making the little button loop – I used a ribbon off a ready to wear top, you know the ones that are there to hang it up in the shop haha!






Due to the top being reasonably short (which I find strange considering I am short myself so never have this problem with clothes) I didn’t have huge amounts of options in hemming it without looking too short. So I overlocked the edge then turned this over to create the hem.

Not too bad for a couple of evenings last week 🙂  Ooo, when I wore my Hawthorn to work I had some really nice compliments too!


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