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The Scrap Top

Added Aug 28, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






for this project, i’ve only used fabric scraps from my previous projects.

now… where have you seen those fabrics before that i used in this sewing project? you’ve seen the African wax cotton fabrics (i used 2 different ones) when i made this skirt , and the one i used for the “bib” is a Just Cavalli crepe fabric i used to make this t-shirt . and guess what? i originally only got 70 cm of that Just Cavalli fabric, and still i managed to make a t-shirt and now this top with that small scrap of fabric. :)

i wasn’t planning to use 3 different fabrics at first. but when i was tracing the pattern, i just realized that the 2 fabric scraps of the African wax cotton just weren’t big enough. when you’re already on fire to sew something like i was, you’ll learn to improvise as you go along!

i omitted the seams on the upper part of the top. instead of using piping, i used bias tape, sewn on top of the “bib” and neckline. i also omitted the batting originally used inside the sleeves part, to make them stiff. the African wax cotton fabrics are stiff already as they are, so what would be the point of the batting?

i made the hemline longer than the original by sewing it normally (instead of folding the bottom part upwards to act as a lining for the original hemline). and since i was already using a different fabric for the hem, i decided to make that bottom seam look more interesting by sewing the fabrics first wrong sides together, fold both fabrics’ seam allowances apart, turn them around and sew them down again.

also posted on my blog .

Material Notes

probably about 70 cm of cotton fabric scraps (110 cm wide),
about 30 cm x 60 cm of polyester crepe fabric scrap,
about 2,5 m of bias tape.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Ethnic, Other
Cotton, Polyester

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    Sep 1, 2014, 08.04 AMby loulourosa

    so cool! and nice combination with this skirt!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 08.18 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, really appreciate your sweet comment! :)

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    Aug 31, 2014, 04.03 PMby Jessie Hobbs

    Very cute! I love the way you did the hem! The pattern in the hem beautifully echoes the print in the bib.

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      Aug 31, 2014, 07.39 PMby saxsilverain

      i didn’t even realize it myself until you pointed it out. :D thank you for your lovely comment!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 05.15 PMby Jessie Hobbs

      Happy accidents are the best!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 05.02 AMby kisses

    Cool top…really like what you did with it

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      Aug 31, 2014, 07.37 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks a bunch, kisses! :)

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    Aug 29, 2014, 10.10 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab top, ypu did a cracking job on this x

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      Aug 30, 2014, 06.20 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, Mary! and again i must say that you’ve always inspired me to make projects from fabric remnants, so thanks for that as well! :)

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    Aug 29, 2014, 04.49 PMby MegH

    You did such a great job with that top! A true Mash Up :)

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      Aug 29, 2014, 07.14 PMby saxsilverain

      wow, can’t believe that you—the Mash Up Queen—gave me such a nice comment! thanks so much!

      ah, i wonder why i didn’t use the word “mash up” for the title, that sounds much better than “scrap”! :D

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    Aug 29, 2014, 07.38 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! Super Cool! :-))

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      Aug 29, 2014, 07.08 PMby saxsilverain

      and super thank you to you, too, Ellen! :D

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    Aug 28, 2014, 08.59 PMby GiveMeSomeCandy

    Amazing fabric! :)

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    Aug 28, 2014, 08.51 PMby carottesauvage

    sweet!liked the potential of this pattern..very crisp lines! love your fabric choices.x

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    Aug 28, 2014, 08.51 PMby carottesauvage

    sweet!liked the potential of this pattern when I first saw it..very crisp lines! love your fabric choices.x

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      Aug 29, 2014, 07.07 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks! i thought at first that it would be easy to do, but of course those curvy spots are quite tricky (for someone as impatient as me, LOL). but i warmly recommend this pattern, it really does have potentials. ;)

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    Aug 28, 2014, 06.33 PMby liliv-1

    You made miracles with these small scraps and a lot of creativity!!! Your top is special and interesting and this is exactly your sewing style!

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      Aug 29, 2014, 07.04 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you for your super sweet comment, liliv! i really appreciate it! :)

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