Simple Sew, Sophia Top


Meow pussycats! I’m hoping this top and the little animation below will give me honorary cat lady status!


I needed a big cup of tea after this project. I turned what should have been an easy top into a two week (on and off) task! but I have to say this was one of my most enjoyable, completely inappropriate, fun makes I’ve done.

The Fabric:

Both of these fabrics were complete impulse purchases. I think that’s no surprise! Cat fabric isn’t usually on the list but if in the shop has it in stock, how could you not buy it!! The fabric with all the cats on it was from a Sew Over It fabric sale and the leopard print was bought at Anna Ka Bazaar. I had an ‘OMG I’m turning into my mother moment’ when buying the leopard print fabric because for YEARS I’ve been laughing at her for wearing the it (it is her favourite print of all time and if there’s something leopard print in the shop, she’s buying it!)…..but now I completely understand the leopard print calling. Both fabrics are cotton, so they were lovely to sew with 🙂


The Changes:

This pattern came from Love Sewing magazine. It came as an outfit with a crop top and a high waisted skirt. It is lovely and very elegant looking, Gabby does a brilliant complete version here. I kept the top pretty much the same except I added 2 inches to the length of the top. I really should have added a bit more because if I put my arms up, my top goes right up with it!

For the appliquéd meow I tested out some fonts on word and guesstimated the size I wanted, it only took two print outs to get it right. The word placement wasn’t done very precise either! I just put them on the top and what looked right, I pinned down, then sewed.


The Fit:

I did this project to learn and try out doing appliqué…AND making the ultimate cat top :p Knowing this was going to be a house top, I didn’t bother with doing anything to the improve/change the fit. I think it fits nicely on my shoulders and around my chest.

If I do make this top again I will try to decrease the size of the armholes. You can see my bra and a bit too much of my armpits in this top.


The Size:

I sewed up a UK size 10, no adjustments.

This project leaves me longing for my more adventurous days, where I would wear a top like this to wear outside the house! I have been so inspired by the chic and minimal look, which is a style I have been trying to emulate but somehow… I think have a few more adventurous days left in me 🙂

I want to say a big thank you to my husband for making the animation for me. I’m not the easiest director to work with!! ;P




Sew Over It: Tie

Time to talk handmade christmas presents! These are my last minute surprises.

Thanks to the new Islington location and certain time constraints of a new job eliminating going to local college classes. Sew Over It has been my sewing class haunt of late.

As a christmas present class for myself 😉 and others 🙂 I signed up to the tie making class. Learning the proper way to hand stitch was the main motivator for attending this class but this project was enjoyable and perfect for all the male family members I needed presents for. I think ties gonna be my signature present for a good while.

We used the Sew Over It tie pattern, going to the class saved me so much time, if I went through the pattern by myself it would have certainly taken me three times as long to make and definitely wouldn’t have been made to the standard I made these ties too.

DSCF3268This was the tie I made at the Sew Over It class. The class included all the material for making a tie and we had a nice range of fabric to choose from and I was introduced to domette (interlining for a tie). We couldn’t finish the tie is class because of all the hand sewing but I left eager to finish and make many more.

DSCF3282I made this in complete secret and when my husband received it he was utterly thrilled. He loved the red detail under the tie.

DSCF3254The second tie was for my mums partner. I pushed the boat out and went for liberty fabric on this one.

DSCF3256I have absolutely hated liberty fabric until this point. I thought it was so unnecessarily busy, reminding me of  carpets/curtains/wallpaper and I said I would never EVER be swayed no matter how many liberty fabric lovers :/  Now I have two liberty fabrics on my must have list and am lazily looking through liberty fabric while on my xmas holiday…….

I got my sewing machine as a present last christmas and going full circle and actually making presents for others was AMAZING!! I thought I would be a proud selfish sewist, refusing requests for cushions and curtains immediately…Don’t you know I’ll be too busy making beautiful couture dresses for myself 🙂

….. but my mum, after seeing I’m really using my sewing machine, has bought me a cushion making sewing class…..hint has been taken and my sewing machine is going to be used for more gift giving from now on, which now I don’t think is a bad thing.