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Top from vintage military map with lace and sequin embellish...

Added Jan 19, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






The top was constructed based on pattern 102 of Burda Style Magazine 5/2011.

I have added aqua bias binding, aqua sequins (hand applied) and vintage look lace.

The material is a genuine military map. A client approached me with these fabulous maps and I could not resist the temptation…

Whilst sewing the top I had a small cloud of chalk dust coming out of the fabric and I had that weird feeling of being cast back in the past.

It’s been really interesting making these tops, and a pleasure!

The top construction is pretty simple, and it did not take too long. However, the fabric is extremely difficult to work with!

Material Notes

vintage military map




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Apr 29, 2014, 05.02 PMby kirstenlarsen62

    ingenious! I thought maps were made out of paper – are these silk ? I love your ecclectic use of the sequins, contrast binding and vintage lace- just the right touch without being over the top.

    have you heard of spoon flower? you can have custom fabric printed from your own designs in silk, cotton, etc. others have their own designs for sale by the yard- I wonder if anyone has ever offered a map fabric?

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      May 1, 2014, 11.55 PMby Irina Schwab

      The material is a waxed chalky polyester. It is a strange texture, I would believe it is made to last through all sorts of weather!! Quite difficult to machine stitch!

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    Jan 31, 2014, 08.43 PMby barbara barbara

    Brilliant style for the fabric. putting the lace at the back where it doesn’t interfere with the map is a master stroke . Fabulous.

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      Feb 2, 2014, 12.21 AMby Irina Schwab

      It also hides a forced seam… the fabric I had available was ever so small. I had to cut the back from two pieces rather than one on a fold :-)

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    Jan 22, 2014, 05.53 AMby izbott

    This is lovely! Great look & use of materials.

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    Jan 19, 2014, 09.20 PMby Mary Athey

    I love this top as well. You are so clever and have made a wonderful top x

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      Feb 2, 2014, 12.22 AMby Irina Schwab

      I have to give most of the credit to the map owner!!!

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