Years ago I had a pink paisley gypsy top that I wore until it fell apart. I’ve always wanted another, but I haven’t been able to find one. Now I’m sewing again this seemed like a great idea for a project.
The Butterick B4684 pattern view A, with the elastic under the bust that is in view D, looked like a good place to start. The fabric that I decided to use for the wearable toile is a green paisley pattern from my stash.
I found it a nice relaxing project and loved adding the lace to the neck line using my overlocker. It made it really simple to get a neat finish on the inside. The only problems I had were trying to do a curved hem at the bottom edges and getting the placement of the under bust elastic right. I had to unpick the original channel that I’d sewn in. It took a long time to find the stitches to unpick among the overlock stitch I’d used on the edge of the fabric making up the channel, without damaging the top. I found that the best way to find the correct placement for the new channel, was to put the top on inside out and draw a line with tailor’s chalk where I wanted the elastic to fall. I added a slight upward curve in the centre front to ensure I didn’t have too much bagging in the centre. It worked a treat.
I was really pleased with the finished item and it was definitely wearable. I think I’m well on my way to another TNT pattern.