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African Port Elizabeth

Added Oct 9, 2011

by marnieann

Bungendore, Aust...






I’m so pleased with this top. I had this fabric in my stash, I had bought it on sale a while back, and was just waiting for the perfect pattern. I came across other people’s versions and was particularly keen on ’daysofcolour’s’ ‘coral linen blouse’ version. It only took me one afternoon from cutting to wearing…including toddler interuptions, snack break and a load of washing or two in between. Getting the bias binding to overlap properly and meet up with the underarm seam at the same time was very tricky but I think I just had too much seam to incorporate and should have done the bias seam further around. Loving this sewing thing!

Material Notes

Cotton, linen blend



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual
Cotton, Linen

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    Jul 10, 2012, 06.13 AMby leokadia

    very chic! I really like

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    Dec 1, 2011, 12.58 AMby rubbersoul1971

    great top! how did you piece together the pattern after you printed it? it looks like it won’t fit together

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      Dec 1, 2011, 09.47 AMby marnieann

      The pieces make up to one piece for the back and one for the front both of which you place on a fold. I didn’t change anything about the pattern apart from making it a bit longer. You need to add seam allowance though, maybe that’s why it looks wrong?

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    Nov 14, 2011, 06.19 PMby step-van-b

    Great combination of fabric and pattern. Plus the orange. Love it.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 11.54 AMby susanne2011

    awesome, where did you get the fabric?

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      Oct 13, 2011, 11.06 AMby marnieann

      From daggy old Spotlight! I’m thinking about going back to see if they have more so I can make a top the same for my sister. If I do, I’ll get the name of the print and will add it to the info for this project.

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      Oct 13, 2011, 12.19 PMby susanne2011

      Wow, I actually have a hard time finding anything nice at Spotlight, but this fabric is great. Yes, please let us know what the name is of this fabric. Otherwise I might just show them your pictures. :)

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      Oct 13, 2011, 09.44 PMby marnieann

      oh good idea! you are very welcome to show them my picture. Good luck.

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    Oct 10, 2011, 04.53 PMby gemmafloyd

    i just love the fabric!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 11.02 AMby merryla

    The orange bias really make the difference!!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 05.09 AMby smallone

    oh such a simple thing so nicely done.

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    Oct 9, 2011, 11.15 PMby rossallia

    Its absolutely gorgeous…..so simple, yet the fabric combined with the orange bias makes it look expensive.

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    Oct 9, 2011, 03.20 PMby patti-r

    Love It!!

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    Oct 9, 2011, 11.01 AMby schnui

    The perfect pattern for a fabulous piece of fabric!! When you have such a wonderful fabric, you don’t need to use a complicated pattern and you have given it an individual look with the simple orange bias edge. Well done.

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    Oct 9, 2011, 10.54 AMby Priscilla Folley

    I love the orange detailing!

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