This is my entry for the “Bright” competition from “Tools by Hollie”. I was already wanting to make a top like this one when I found out about the “Tools by Hollie” challenge so I just had to make a skirt to go with my top as well. If I was to win those lovely bright accessories I would wear them with something pretty simply and black so I made the skirt using McCall’s M6770 which is a steam punk pattern I have been wanting to make for ages and the top is self drafted and based on Burda Style 04/2012#126C.
I was dreaming of clothing in current high street shops with flared sleeves so I was already going to make a top because I really like the flared sleeves look and I wanted a wrap top so I made this pattern but added the flared sleeve.The skirt has a slight train at the back or high low hem. It is stretch satin-backed crepe which I originally bought for some posh work trousers but stole for this competition. I reversed it to have the satin on the right side. Its nearly totally overlocked with just a zip and button on a waistband.It should have had an invisible zipper but I had a normal one and was stretched money-wise so used that. Its a bit longer than it should be as well but works. And I got to play with my automatic button-holer which was good!
This shows the neck band and twin needle stitched hems
The skirt hem:
Still not perfect but I am very happy with the results. A year ago I would not have even tried to tackle this. You can read more if you wish at http://brackencrafts.blogspot.co.uk