As it is Mother’s Day, I thought I’d blog about this top I made for my Mum. As she has been asking for me to make her a shell top for a while, I thought this would be a really good way to show my appreciation for everything she does for me, my sister and every one around her. She’s is always there to help when I need, is really encouraging in anything I want to do and has done such an amazing job as a mother who has now successfully raised an adult (!!). I know she doesn’t get nearly enough credit for everything she does. Happy Mother’s Day Mum!

I was quite nervous about doing this as I hadn’t sewed anything for another person before and wanted the top to be perfectly finished.  As you can see I am modelling the top as Mum is much happier being behind the camera and didn’t pose for photos, but she did lend me her clothes to show how she wears the top. The fit on me is sightly different to on Mum. I’m taller and bigger than Mum so it’s boxier and longer on her but the overall effect is similar. 

This top is a heavily modified Moana Top by Papercut patterns. I used this pattern last year but I didn’t really love the end product due to my fabric choice and it was too small when I’d finished making it. I also did a super dodgy job of the zip and used the wrong weight facing so the top was all round no good.  However, it did fit my mum really well so when she requested I make her a boxy top I figured this pattern would be a good place to start. I extended the width of the top by about 3cm each side to make it less fitted and removed the back darts. I also removed the bottom frill and extended the length of the top, slightly curving the bottom. Normally the insides of what I make aren’t sewn with the most care, however when sewing for mum I felt like I needed to make them much nicer. I even made a toile first to double check the fit after my pattern adjustments because I really wanted to get the fit right so that I made something that mum would love to wear. I didn’t realise how useful this was until I finished the top and didn’t have to make any fit adjustments at the end like I usually have to!

This fabric was an adventure to buy. We stumbled across a super cute quilting store in a tiny country town whilst on a road trip and bought the last metre of it. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be enough but am so happy it worked out!

Overall I’m really happy with this top. The fabric is gorgeous and I love it with this top style. Although it took a little longer to make than it would  if I was sewing for me, I did enjoy the extra steps that made it look cleaner in the end. Now I’ve got to learn to use my new overlocker so I can get the insides really looking nice when I make things for other people!

Fabric- From Inheritance Patchwork

Pattern- Moana Top by Papercut Patterns