Selfish Sewing Week: Zippy Top Take Two

zippy cover

Hurrah!  After being disappointed with my sewing efforts on Monday, my second Zippy Top is complete and declared a success!  Happy dayze! The Zippy Top is a See Kate Sew creation with just four pattern pieces, two bodice and two facings.  I had a few issues with my first attempt at this top, despite it being a super simple and quick pattern. zippy front

This time I used a gorgeous lightweight Japanese lawn which worked perfectly.  I definitely recommend going for something lightweight and flowy to avoid any stiffness.  It’s also MUCH easier to ease the fabric when sewing around the curves of the hem – so no puckers! I still had a few problems with my rolled hem not turning out as perfectly as I’d hoped, even though I did lots of practice first.  I *think* the key is feeding exactly the right amount of folded fabric into the foot as well as keeping it perfectly straight but I’m no expert!  I’d love to hear your secret if you’ve managed to perfect this art – haha! zippy top rolled hem

This time I understitched the facing to the seam allowance before topstitching the neckline.  This step isn’t in the instructions but I really recommend it.  It make for a make neater finish and made it soooo much easier when doing the topstitching. zippy neckline understitch

All up I’m really happy with this zippy and will be on the lookout for some more gorgeous lawn prints to make another one before spring.  I might even try a front zipper variation that Kate explains on her blog.

Well, Selfish Sewing Week isn’t over yet so gotta get back to it!

Don’t forget to check out my Sewing: Grown Up Girls Pinterest board if you’re looking for some inspiration for your own sewing.

Next stop… Paris.


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  • Renee //nearestthepin

    Looks great Nat! This colour looks great on you 🙂 I’m no rolled hem expert either, but I’ve decided it’s one of those things that gets better with practice.

    • Natalie @sewoutnumbered

      Thanks Renee! That’s what I figure, practice makes perfect 😉

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  • Kate

    This is beautiful! Do you mind me asking where you got the fabric? I love the little birds over the wave print, and the fact that it’s not quilting fabric is even better!

    • Natalie @sewoutnumbered

      Thanks Kate! The fabric was just from Spotty – part of their Japanese lawn range. They had quite a few other designs that I liked too so might wait for the next sale and stock up!! 🙂

  • Lisa @ PiePie Designs

    I just love this fabric! That top looks great on you!

    • Natalie @sewoutnumbered

      Thanks 🙂 I love it too – I wore it just yesterday on Mother’s Day!

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