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With a Cherry on the Top

Added Jun 24, 2013

by Debbie Alli

Washington, Unit...






Off-white cotton with ripe cherries. Hem bound with bias and a little bow to finish.
Based on the sweetheart dress/bodice from 04/2013, I used a section of the skirt to create a little peplum and widened the back, in order to have a little shirred section for comfort – it’s just a pop to the shops/playing out top so I wanted comfort, rather than constrained!
I wasn’t overly pleased with the way the bodice goes together though – it gets really fiddly around the right angles between body and strap. Next time I will make it fully lined and will placed the centre section, lining attached, between the side section upper and lining fabrics, right sides together, to create a much neater line.
Otherwise a cute design.

Material Notes

Cotton fabric, Shirring Elastic, Bias, Ribbon




Summer, Spring
Garment Type

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    Jun 27, 2013, 03.48 PMby kittydarling


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      Jun 27, 2013, 09.37 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you Kitty :) I just need to make some of Gertie’s fabulous high waisted jeans now for a perfect outfit!

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    Jun 25, 2013, 08.32 PMby liliv-1


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    Jun 25, 2013, 02.36 PMby carrie18584

    I agree with your frustrations on putting together the bodice! I fully lined the top and sewing those right angles was such a pain and it took me a while to realize where they wanted me to sew! I really love your top – great idea making it into a little peplum!

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      Jun 25, 2013, 02.48 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thanks so much and re the construction, I agree – the instructions weren’t very clear at all – but next time I’ll go with my plan B above and that should give a really neat finish. The peplum was just because although the corset top is lovely, I wasn’t prepared to have my midriff showing :)

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    Jun 24, 2013, 07.47 PMby Madeleine Mistral

    I love the fabric!! It’s so pretty!

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      Jun 24, 2013, 07.54 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you Madeleine :)

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    Jun 24, 2013, 07.46 PMby Mary Athey

    this is such a lovely top. i love the fabric debbie and its a great shape x

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      Jun 24, 2013, 07.55 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you Mary – this and the leopard print for the dress are from Fabricland – check them out online. You have to phone in your order but their fabrics and prices are great! x

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      Jun 24, 2013, 09.18 PMby Mary Athey

      i’m sure the store i was in when we where in bristol was called fabricworld?? finding it on the way to the airport gave me my love of sewing back. i bought fabric and hav’nt looked back.theres no fabric shops near me but ebays fab for fabric debbie x

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      Jun 24, 2013, 09.24 PMby Debbie Alli

      I think this one is around Bournemouth somewhere. My only advice would be to double check your order – they sent me 10.75 m of this instead of 0.75m and charged me for it! A bit of a drama but sorted in the end! I’m lucky I have a shop 5 mins from home and another 2 good ones wihtin 10 miles but ebay is fantastic – bought some 60s psychadelic satin yesterday on there for a vintage Burda pattern :) I didn’t sew for 10 years – until last year and now I can’t stop!! xx

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      Jun 24, 2013, 09.41 PMby Mary Athey

      i’m the same debbie, the only things i made for years was curtains and cushions. i also put zips in and altered stuff. I can’t stop sewing now as well lol. i just love it.my daughter has me making her clothes now as well. she said her friends could’nt believe i made her last dress. i was delighted as shes so picky and fussy lol x

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      Jun 24, 2013, 10.12 PMby Debbie Alli

      Well that’s just the best praise ever, isn’t it?! My favourite little 9 year old said to me the other day ‘Did you really make my shirt Auntie Debbie? It looks exactly the same as the ones in the shops!’ Best praise I ever got, haha!! Happy sewing, Mary xx

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