Zara was very keen to have a new top and she had some ideas.......
We both loved this dress by an amazing artisan and we used the colours as our starting point.
After digging through my hundreds of patterns Zara found a vintage McCalls that had a little bound edged tank top.
That girl can spot a good line drawing at fifty paces!
It was a simple matter to add a little to the front.
We cut two layers of fabric.
The top a sheer black hail spot muslin,the bottom layer a apricot de-lustered satin cut a few inches longer.
Next we cut some binding a little wider then standard from the muslin.
I constructed the two tanks separately,sewing the shoulders and side seams and stitching a double hem on each.
I then placed them together the satin right side to the muslin wrong side.
After stay stitching the neck line I gathered in the added fabric and Zara tried it on. As she is so slight I had to pull the gathers tighter to prevent gaping.
Binding the arm and neck finished of this snappy little top.
From start to finish-2 hours.
|Zara in her McCalls top and oliver+s 2+2 skirt.|
Elsa wearing Clever Charlotte Finch top and Sandpiper capri's
The top layer changes colours as she moves,
Pretty and fun but very sophisticated.
Zara was so pleased with her top she requested a tunic version for Christmas.
She chose a gun metal grey cotton stretch poplin.
We took inspiration from the oliver+s Family Reunion dress for the hem detail.
The moral of the story?
Have a good poke through those old patterns. With a tweak here and there you may have your own designer look waiting to happen.