Smokey Grey, part two


I had enough lovely, grey crepe left to run up a matching top too. I love this aspect of sewing, where you can extend the versatility of an item by adding in a ‘dress’ option. I’ve worn my black BHL Charlotte and matching TGBSB tunic top loads together (despite the top’s shortcomings), so this is an obvious way to go for me. I was tempted to attempt the same top, as I often get really hot at work (an age thing? Or maybe we just live in an old house, so anything modern seems hot…) . But that darn, two-in-one facing business just didn’t take my fancy after a long half term.

Something simple was needed and that ‘something simple’ happened to be staring me in the face. In the same free, pattern pack that I made my side-split skirt from, there was a t-shirt style top too (NewLook K6217). It was a loose style, but I figured in a crepe this wouldn’t be too bulky or baggy, and I could always just tuck it in.

Again, I forced myself to slow right down and enjoy the process. And I did! šŸ™‚ The pattern consisted of just three, simple pieces and it came together in no time. I was particularly pleased with my button and loop fastening, where I improvised and just used a small piece of black ribbon that had come with a RTW label (my natural, hoarding habits do come in handy sometimes šŸ˜‰ ). It’s ended up pretty neat, despite my machine’s desire to chew it up! In the end, I simply hand sewed it in place.

I’m really pleased with this fake ‘dress’. The kimono-style sleeves are lovely and airy too. While I’m not sure what else I could pair the top with, I’ve no doubt that this duo will get plenty of wear for work together. The skirt will be easy to wear separately too.

It’s been really enjoyable sewing a couple of simple, but useful items, but I’m probably ready for something a little trickier now I’ve had a good rest from school. Maybe it’s about time I was brave enough to tackle the lovely fabric I was gifted as part of the Secret Sewing Santa swap…


Anyone else find themselves continually adopting this rather matronly, hands on hips pose for their blog images?! I clearly need something to do with my arms and I guess it does work well at pulling everything in…Ā 

Looking at this photo, this top is also crying out for a statement necklace of some shape or form. Will have to have a rummage…



36 thoughts on “Smokey Grey, part two

    • Love it and glad it’s not just me! šŸ™‚ I’m impressed that even your profile pic has hands firmly on hips. I’ll try something new next time, but have a feeling I’ll revert back pretty quickly šŸ˜‰

  1. Your whole outfit looks lovely. I’m looking forward to see what you make with your #sewing Santa fabric. I’ve just washed the fabric that I received for mine so I need to crack on with it!

  2. Wow you look amazing. The whole outfit is fantastic. I am actually jealous!
    Oh and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a hands on hip pose! šŸ˜€

  3. This looks fab! The fabric has a lovely drape and the colour is really lovely. I know what you mean about the hand on hips thing – it’s especially tricky to find something to do with your hands when you haven’t got pockets!

  4. That top is perfect with your skirt– I love the fake dress concept. And your little bow belt is the perfect pop of color! I never know what to do with my arms in blog photos. I am always thankful for garments with pockets so I can stash my hands in them and not have to worry about my arms!

  5. Fabric and pattern are a perfect match. I thought the hands on hip poise was to show the lines of the garment. šŸ™‚ At least that was what I told myself.

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