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paint effect top. Burda 07/2014#109

Added Jun 29, 2014

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






This was such an easy project. I have been busy sewing for my upcoming holiday to Spain so a few we quick projects come in handy. Everything for my hols will be photographed in Spain so I will have lots of projects in Oct. It will be nicer scenary than outside my local or in my house lol. I saw the longer length to, shirts on the internet and I loved the Zara one!! At £45.99 for a top that takes a metre of fabric I was glad I could sew. This was made for exactly one tenth of the Zara one!! I wore it to work today and quite a few liked it. One woman said she had bought the dress version from river island?? And when did they bring the tops in?? I replied mine was handmade!! I hadn’t even seen the dress version, I googled it and it’s the same fabric. I just shortened the dress version for this. The neckline turned out wide?? So after trying to sort it out twice I just did a small pleat either side and I like it. My friend wants one as well now lol x


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    Sep 23, 2014, 06.54 AMby melthorley

    What a great top!! Very bold and great shape

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    Sep 14, 2014, 04.50 PMby woman

    Love the fabric and that neckline too!

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      Sep 16, 2014, 04.58 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks a lot for your lovely comment. I do love my quick easy projects x

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    Aug 30, 2014, 06.18 PMby saxsilverain

    wow, i love your choice of fabric and that dress style is just so perfect for you!! looking gorgeous there, Mary! ;)

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      Aug 30, 2014, 08.24 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you such for your wonderful comment x

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    Jul 7, 2014, 06.18 PMby nrobson

    hey Mary this looks terrific!!

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      Jul 7, 2014, 07.43 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi Nadia, and thank you for your lovely comment. It’s such a great pattern. I. Might make the dress as well x

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    Jul 7, 2014, 07.22 AMby rita61

    Your top is awesome ! So nice and colourful. It’s going to be hard to wait until October to see all your creations!!!

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      Jul 7, 2014, 07.50 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks Rita and lol on the waiting, if I get a stone of the photos should look nice. I could do with 2 stone of but I love my food and we’re going All inclusive anyway lol x

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      Jul 8, 2014, 05.04 AMby rita61

      Oh Mary, I love food too !!! But we are off to Florida in November, so I hope to get off double before then, as that is what I put back on since last fall. There is an awesome Lobster place there, that I intend to visit again!!

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      Jul 8, 2014, 05.34 AMby Mary Athey

      What are we like lol. I just want enough weight of so that I feel comfortable. I want to look good as well. Isn’t it awful how easy it is to gain and how hard it is to shift the weight lol x

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    Jul 6, 2014, 01.35 AMby poldapop

    Super fun top!

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      Jul 6, 2014, 07.38 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much poldapop for your lovely comment. I will definitely not fade into the background wearing this lol x

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    Jul 3, 2014, 01.23 PMby velvetribbon

    I love the bright print on you Mary! Your top turned out beautifully and I love the neckline shape. Can not wait to see your new garments for your holidays :-)

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      Jul 3, 2014, 05.34 PMby Mary Athey

      Awww thank you so much, I will have loads to post from my holiday. I plan on making as much as I can, including tops for mum for day and night. Mum has a favourite sleeveless top she bought years ago in turkey. I am in the process of getting it of her to make a pattern lol. Then I can make her a few for the beach x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 09.57 PMby izbott

    This is a great piece for summer/holidays. I hear what you mean about the joy of making something for a fraction of the cost. You really look good. Maybe when you have time you could sew things & have business. I love your clothes.

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      Jun 30, 2014, 10.17 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much izbott, I love sewing so who knows what the future holds. I love the fact that I can make myself thing’s that would cost a lot in the shops x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 02.11 PMby kisses

    Wow Mary so love this fabric. The good thing about sewing we saved alot on clothing. Your style out do the Zara top by far

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      Jun 30, 2014, 10.19 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks a lot daina, it’s a lovely feeling when people think I bought the top/dress etc. I just love the compliments lol x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 10.19 AMby tigger0580

    It’s a great bargain Mary in comparison to Zara, lol. This is great. Handmade is mostly the better product ;-)

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      Jun 30, 2014, 10.37 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks tigger0580, I loved saying I made it when people liked it. It’s so easy to make as well x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 06.58 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Very bright and cheerful, Mary, and completly in your style! I like this pattern, too, and admire your ability to outdo that Zara :-)))

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      Jun 30, 2014, 07.02 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks oksana, imagine paying £46 for a top I made for £4? . That is one of the joys of making our own clothes. I have been sewing like mad but holiday wear. I want to photograph everything in Spain so there will be a flurry of posts in October lol x

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      Jun 30, 2014, 08.52 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

      I agree, Mary, to sew whatever you want, have exclusive clothes and, despite all of that, save ( and a lot!) are great addition to the happiness of creativity!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 04.27 AMby Zsuzso

    Love this fun, colorful fabric. Looking forward for more pictures. Have a great holiday !

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      Jun 30, 2014, 06.32 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks zsuzso, I love colour in clothing. While I don’t think this is the most figure flattering item I have made it is one of the most comfortable x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 01.29 AMby IDia

    Hipnotic Fabric! And your Smile ITS inspireing :-)

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      Jun 30, 2014, 06.34 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, I always love seeing the fabric I buy in shops and magazines. This was a nice fun project z

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    Jun 29, 2014, 11.55 PMby Irina Schwab

    Oh, Mary, I have just bought the magazine today! You are so quick!

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      Jun 30, 2014, 06.36 AMby Mary Athey

      Lol, I’m considering making the dress now!! drtraced the dress out but just folded it back by a few inches to make the long top. There’s a lot I want to make from this issue x

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    Jun 29, 2014, 11.03 PMby Mary Athey

    Thanks Ellen, I have been so busy recently trying to sort my sewing room out? I decided to change the room and use the biggest room now!! Instead of the smallest. Then I’m Working plus holiday sewing. I have some nice projects to post from my Holiday so I thought I’d do a quick one so I could post lol x

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    Jun 29, 2014, 10.22 PMby cchristie

    Mary, that is brilliant! Where do I get this fabric? Can’t wait to see your holiday photos

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      Jun 29, 2014, 10.55 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks so much, I buy the biggest majourity of my fabric on eBay. This is from a seller who gets ends of rolls. I find a lot of the fabric I buy in river island top shop Jane Norman Zara etc. This was a quick fun project x

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    Jun 29, 2014, 09.39 PMby liliv-1

    Both the pattern and the fabric are super great, love this very much… nothing is as good as handmade clothes!

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      Jun 29, 2014, 10.57 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks liliv, I do love a fun fabric and isn’t it great to make something for a fraction of the cost in the shops x

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    Jun 29, 2014, 08.51 PMby Kocotte

    I agree with Ellen, colors make you in a good mood. When I see young girls wearing dark clothes, it makes me sad. You seem to be very happy with your colorful clothes and it suits you very well

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      Jun 29, 2014, 10.59 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks Kocotte , it’s lovely when people think my handmade clothes are store bought!! I just love saying!! I made this!! Lol x

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    Jun 29, 2014, 08.36 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! This is Great Mary! It makes you in a gooood mood! ;-))

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      Jun 29, 2014, 11.04 PMby Mary Athey

      I replied in the wrong place but thanks again Ellen. X

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      Jun 30, 2014, 06.17 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      It’s a good decision to change to a bigger sewing room.. Mine is small too, so I don’t use it so much… I’m looking forward to see all your new holiday clothes! ;-))

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