Sewing at the beach: BurdaStyle 07/2014 #108

Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve had a great start to 2016.

I had a lovely time at the beach: swimming, reading, catching up with friends, fishing and … sewing.

He Who Cooks graciously made room in the car for my sewing machine ..

..and.. the overlocker.

He’s a keeper!

Can you think of a better view whilst sewing? We were just south of Tumby Bay in South Australia at Thuruna Campsite, with a lovely group of extended family and friends, right on the beach front.

Given the location, I really should have been sewing bikinis, or cover-ups. But inspiration had previously struck elsewhere, and a top was already cut out of this fabulous ‘shoe’ panel print fabric

Technical details

Pattern: Burdastyle 07/2014 #108

Size: 36-44, I made a 42.

Fabric: The outer fabric is cotton voile, one of my Mood NYC souvenirs. I lined it with a silky polyester woven from one of Gay Naffine’s designer fabric sales. So sad that there will be no more of these.

Changes I made

This is a cropped top. I lengthened it considerably and lined it. Both lining and fashion fabric were sewn separately at the shoulders and side seams, but sewn together at the neckline before a facing from the fashion fabric was added.

The lining and the upper fabric were separately hemmed, the lining a bit shorter. At the sleeve hem the lining and fabric were sewn together (sort of like bagging a jacket) and since the lining had a smaller seam allowance, the fashion fabric wraps inside a little.

It looks okay tucked in, but then the not-so-neat high heeled shoes part of the panel is hidden.

The big question that still remains is.. what shoes do you wear with a top covered in shoes of every colour?

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19 Responses to Sewing at the beach: BurdaStyle 07/2014 #108

  1. Such a fun print and it looks great left out or tucked in. You have a lovely selection of shoes to match as well.

  2. Audrey says:

    What a great border print. It made up into a lovely top. A beach sewing vacation. My idea of heaven.

    • SewingElle says:

      I can highly recommend sewing at the beach. Specially with a large group. You can do your own thing but not upset other peoples plans. Or you can leave the sewing for a bit and join in the group activities. Perfect!

  3. Summerflies says:

    That is a great sewing view….Top looks great in and out. I think you wear all the shoes with that outfit. How fun!

  4. Love this top! And as far as the shoes go – you can wear any ones you want! You look relaxed, happy and chic – what a great way to start the new year!

  5. Tia Dia says:

    How wonderful that your DH packed not one, but TWO machines! What a great sewcation! Love the top, and with that perfect fabric, I think you’d be able to wear whatever shoes you like! It looks perfect with that yellow skirt. Great outfit!

  6. Gail says:

    Oh lucky girl! I’d never be allowed to take my machine on holidays. I love your new top. The fabric is sooo cool.

  7. Anne W says:

    Love it! The fabric is truly inspired, wear all the shoes! 🙂

  8. Pingback: The skirt edition of sewing at the beach | He Cooks… She Sews!

  9. AllisonC says:

    That is one of the greatest fabrics I have seen ever and I really like how that top turned out too. It doesn’t look like much in the line drawing, but in the right fabric and with the extra length it’s a great little pattern.

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