I probably should have called my blog ‘Shades of Blue’ as I just can’t seem to drift away from making things in blue. Here’s another blue top!  This  camisole style top is super easy and quick to make.  It uses very little fabric so is great for using up fabric scrapes.  My top is made from left over fabric from my Kimono Sleeve Dress.


I made this top in an afternoon, which for me is quick asI am a very slow sewer.  I had never worked with rayon before so took a bit of time to get used to the feel but overall enjoyed the drape the fabric has, which cotton (my go to fabric for sewing) does not. 

The top is two identical rectangles that I made from my own body measurements ensuring I added a few extra cm for hem allowance and to allow it to drape. I simply sewed the sides up using french seams as they always feel nicer against the skin and there is no need to finish the seams as they are enclosed. Here is a really though tutorial about how to do french seams.

To make the straps I folded two long strips of fabric right sides in lengthways and sewed with a 0.5cm seam and turned inside out. I pined them to the top using bra straps as a guide for where to place them and joined them to the top of the top.

This top is really easy to wear in just about any season, either in summer with a denim skirt as I have here or jeans, boots and a nice long cardigan in winter. I think it will be getting a lot of wear out of this top and as it is so easy and quick to sew. I’ll probably be making a few more but maybe not in blue this time!

This top was made using a pattern by buttermlked (go have a look at her sewing, it’s super funky!) drafted from a RTW top she already had.  This is a super simple design, quick to make and perfect for a beginner.

The construction is really simple. I’ve added my measurements which should fit a size 6/8 aus however it would not be too hard to alter these by taking a few simple body measurements. Helpfully, the measurements don’t have to be exactly perfect as the lace up back makes it very easy to fit and alter once it’s already been sewn.

  1. Sew the tie pieces lengthways right sides together closing one end. Turn inside out and press.
  2. Sew the two body pieces together right sides inwards with the neck ties enclosed in the seam and leaving the bottom open. Turn inside out and press.
  3. Repeat for the back pieces making sure to include the tie loops in the seam between the lining and fabric.
  4. Sew the back pieces to the body.
  5. Fold and press the unfinished bottom edges inside the top 1cm and pin. Top stitch 0.5cm from the bottom of the top enclosing the unfinished edges inside.
  6. Thread the back tie through the loops in a criss cross fashion, press and its all done!

There are lots of ways to vary this pattern either by adding multiple ties at the back instead of loops, making the neck strap fixed instead of tie or closing over the back,  or adding a zipper or buttons to make it more bra friendly.

Again, it seems I’ve made more blue things.  I will have to focus my winter sewing wardrobe on adding some different colours!

Pattern – Self drafted by buttermlked

Fabric   – Both blue patterned cotton and white lining cotton from Spotlight


This is the first Papercut pattern I’d made and I  learnt a few new techniques in making this dress.   I would highly recommend this dress for sewers who are just starting because there is nothing too tricky in it like zips, bias hemming  or darts (elements that I always try to avoid or leave last in a project). It uses the burrito method to attach the facing, which although seems a little daunting at first, is super easy. I’ve added this technique into many other projects since as it makes the insides look very clean with minimal effort.

I love this dress as it has pockets and hangs well. The only problem I do have with this pattern is that it’s very short, so  I haven’t got as much wear from this dress as I thought it would. Next time I make this pattern, which I’m sure will be as I loved making it and really do like the pattern, I will make sure to add a few inches to the hem to make it a little bit more wearable.

However, apart from the length, the style is a perfect wardrobe addition because depending on the fabric it can be worn dressed up with heels as I have in the photos or just to the beach with sandals as a bather coverup, as it’s nice and floaty.