Sew Over It – Molly top

Molly top

Sew Over It…..I am sooooo NOT over it !!!

It is my first Sew Over It pattern make and I must say it is amazing. Sew Over It is a London based pattern company with amazing selection of patterns that also sell a large variety of fabrics online and in their brick-and-mortar shops. It is a pride and joy of a lovely Lisa Comfort, who I follow on Instagram and YouTube.

Molly top/dress is available as a PDF pattern, which can be found in Lisa’s first book   “My Capsule Wardrobe. City Break”

My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break eBook by Lisa Comfort | Sew Over It

This eBook contains five different patterns, that you can mix and match to create relaxed and comfortable to wear outfits while exploring unknown….or do what I do, and wear it to work , shop, cinema…etc…you get where I am going with it 🙂

It is such an easy and fun make! I absolutely adore this pattern and will make many more in the future. So far I have made 3 versions and each one is perfect ( well not quite, but who is pointing fingers?)

I will start with my latest make as I am the most proud of it. I used Jersey fabric that I bought from Fabric Land. You may re-call I told you about it in my Visit to Kingston post. When I looked at it I immediately knew this will become a Molly top.

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I really like how it fits, and I did not have to do many adjustments to the pattern apart from shortening the hem and sleeves. I cut 5 cm at the bottom hem following the curve, and took 3 cm of the sleeve length.

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I took time to ensure my twin-needle stitch is as nice as possible, and I am pleased with the result. It is by far the best neckband I have ever made. So proud of myself.

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What drew my attention to Molly top was the black and white stripes on Lisa’s sample, so my first top had to be similar hihihi

Molly vol.1 is not perfect, however I still wear it at least once a week. I had a problem with my serger and had to do it all on my regular sewing machine. Overall it was not a problem, till I had to finished off all hems. I broke me twin needle…the only one I had 😦

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Monika, did you hear about stripe matching??? yes, yes, I did…This is my work at its best, but do not fear….practice makes perfect….or at least better 🙂20180221_075000[1].jpg

This is the result of me using a zig zag stitch. Looks awful, but I do not allow anybody to see it up close hihihi

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Molly vol.2 looks much better already….. stripe matching improved, twin-needle hemming done.

I had to do something different to entertain myself, so I opted for a slightly raised neck and copied a band stripe directions from Lisa. I cropped sleeves by 4 cm too.

This fabric color is more vibrant so I get noticed faster hihih

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Final thoughts

Molly pattern is perfect for beginners, or if you are busy and have little time to sew. It takes couple of hours to put together and you are ready to go.  I really like how Lisa illustrate each step in her book with a clear instructions and I cannot wait to make more of her designs……Little advice, if you planning to do it on a serger (like me) then make your life easier and trim the seam allowance according to your machine settings.

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Which one is your favorite?

~Monika~

Sunny top vol.2

Today I have not much to say to you…only to show you the result of my “adjusted” Sunny top by Friday Pattern Company. If you haven’t seen my previous post including my review of this pattern, feel free to jump here….

But in the mean time this is the outcome.

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Sunny top vol.2

As you can see if has a much better fit all round. I am very pleased that most of my pattern adjustments worked in my favor.

Just to remind you the 3 major adjustments I have done :

-sway back

-sleeve crown

-arm hole

 Looking at the pictures I can see that I could have done bigger sway back adjustments..maybe another 1.5 cm, however it does not bother me as much as with my first try.

I am positively surprised that my experimentation with “dart” movement worked OK. I still do not think this was correct way to do it, but I am happy with the final look.

Sewing on the “new” sleeves was a bit tricky. I had far too much sleeve and had to stretch the arm hole quite a bit while sewing. It looks fine, however next time I will not lengthen the sleeve crown by as much as I did here.

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I made a little error…

Making the second version I used different fabric. First top was made from Pone Roma, which did not stretch as much as this jersey fabric. Without thinking I cut out the same length of neck band as previously…and this was my mistake. It probably would be fine, if I have basted around the neck edges to stop it from overstretching…. Lesson learnt!!! Luckily when I wear it the pull lines are not that visible.20180212_141127[1]

I have made longer sleeves this time because found it more comfortable. Decided to hem it with 4 cm seam, hence I can roll the edges a bit for a little different look if I feel like it 🙂

 

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I think it looks pretty with my Cleo dress….More on this little beauty in my next post:)20180212_141634[1]

Have you made Sunny???

~Monika~