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Added Feb 16, 2014

by nicola82

Perth, Australia






This fabric was actually meant more for a dress but honestly, I knew I’d get more wear out of it, if it was a top. So I opted for a lovely pleated number, something a little tricky (for me) and I’m really pleased with the results.

It’s a McCalls pattern #6565. Pleats in the front and some pocket-like sections on the hips. Whilst it was initially quite puffy around the waist (something I overlooked) it did manage to settle down after hanging up. It’s fully lined and quite fitted – no zipper no nothing. But the fit was a labour of love. I had just recently watched on Craftsy – 40 (or was it 50) techniques every sewer should know. It was a great confidence booster, even though I’ve probably only used 2 or 3 of the techniques so far, I highly recommend it.

I’m just not 100% sure what to wear it with now…. it needs a nice jacket!



Potter Textiles

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    Oct 12, 2014, 05.32 PMby SassyT

    Would you mind me sharing this on SSB in the future? I credit, link to your post and let you know when featured. https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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      Oct 23, 2014, 01.20 AMby nicola82

      If you’d like, that’d be no dramas. :-)

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    Feb 21, 2014, 07.35 AMby pambox

    Really beautiful fabric, it perfectly suits the top

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      Feb 26, 2014, 11.47 AMby nicola82

      Thanks – beautiful, quality fabric is everything isn’t it?

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    Feb 21, 2014, 06.08 AMby Mokara

    It’s a pretty top, I think you made the right choice making a top for that print. I see a shorter jacket over it.

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      Feb 23, 2014, 12.06 AMby nicola82

      Thanks – and yes I agree with your jacket suggestion. I have a couple of jackets I think might go with it, but I might try making one, if time permits…

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    Feb 20, 2014, 12.30 PMby libra-s

    Love the fabric and the pattern you chose for it! Well done!

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    Feb 19, 2014, 04.45 AMby wolfm

    Great top! I have this pattern, but have never made it..maybe I will now!

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    Feb 18, 2014, 02.47 AMby neveenkarnes

    I agree with you. making a top was a great idea…. I love the print!! well done

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      Feb 18, 2014, 02.21 PMby nicola82

      Thank you, you can imagine the number of times I changed my mind before settling on this pattern. Beautiful fabrics are nothing but torture!

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    Feb 17, 2014, 02.32 PMby kisses

    Nice top in a beautiful print

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    Feb 16, 2014, 11.51 PMby SassyT


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    Feb 16, 2014, 11.45 PMby schnui

    This top is beautiful. I love the fabric.

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    Feb 16, 2014, 11.40 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is beautifully made – and it’s a wonderful fabric. You have done a great job :-)

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      Feb 18, 2014, 02.23 PMby nicola82

      Thank you, it was quite a challenge, but very rewarding all the same :-)

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    Feb 16, 2014, 11.24 PMby rita61

    Your top turned out nice, and your fabric is great for this design. I also found this top ‘interesting’ to make. My daughter has worn hers with a vest or a blazer, and she received many compliments from her friends.

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      Feb 17, 2014, 04.33 AMby nicola82

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who had a bit of ‘fun n games’ making it and that it gets lots of wear, it was certainly challenging at times. :-)

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    Feb 16, 2014, 06.02 PMby PriorPatterns

    That’s a fantastic top! Can you tell us where you got the fabric?

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      Feb 17, 2014, 04.37 AMby nicola82

      The fabric is from a remnants/sample company in perth, Western Australia – Potter Textiles. Their address is mentioned above. No website unfortunately, but they are lovely people, very passionate about the clothing manufacturing industry.

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    Feb 16, 2014, 05.40 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous top and gorgeous fabric x

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    Feb 16, 2014, 05.06 PMby AylaBrida

    Beautiful top! And gorgeous fabric. May I ask where you got it?

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      Feb 17, 2014, 04.38 AMby nicola82

      Potter Textiles – details are meantioned above. I hope they are here (perth, WA) to stay.

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    Feb 16, 2014, 03.18 PMby calirose74

    I love this! So stylish and comfortable looking. Can’t wait to make one! Love your posts…

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