I just love making holiday clothes, it allows me to be a little bit more daring than I am normally with my wardrobe.
The SimpleSew Patterns Sophia top came free with Love Sewing Magazine quite some time back, my daughter had made up a version for herself, but I hadn't yet made one for me as I'm not normally a midriff showing, crop top wearer! But what the heck, its for holiday!
This is such a simple sew, it is literally 2 pattern pieces, no darts, no closures, no sleeves to set, it basically consists of sewing side seams and finishing the neck and arm holes and hem, I made it up in an hour!
I decided to use the lovely Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan fabric, I love the charming flowers and the soft colours, its a quilting weight cotton so it isn't very drapy, but it works fine as the top is quite boxy anyway, and it took less than 1m of fabric, yayyy to that!
The pattern comes with neck and arm facings, but I don't get on all that well with facings and prefer to finish with bias binding, its just my preference I guess! I love to use contrast binding, to me thats what makes handmade clothes special, the little things that you just don't get in the high street.
I didn't make any alterations to the size, its a loose, boxy style so its very easy to fit, I had read some other reviews before I started to sew and others had struggled with the fit so maybe sew up a quick toil first.
So, in summary I enjoyed making this cute little top, its super quick and easy and uses very little fabric, I think I will try another version in a softer fabric such as lawn to see the difference in how the top drapes.
I can't wait to wear it with high waisted shorts or jeans on holiday!
I'd love for you to let me know what you think in the comments below, or feel free to ask any questions.