Balloon Sleeve Top

Balloon Sleeve Top     This balloon sleeve top is made from the exact same pattern as my - Balloon Sleeve Dress - just shorter and from a gorgeous sheer black lace. You need: - my pattern from the balloon sleeve dress on - this link fabric matching colour thread...

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Camisole Tutorial

Camisole Tutorial This is a really easy camisole tutorial. It can be made from a light cotton or for a more dramatic look like this one, an embossed tafetta. I'm a closet goth girl hence all the black. For a bang on trend look, make it in a stripe or check fabric....

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Broderie Anglaise Top

Broderie Anglaise Top This Broderie Anglaise top is made from the exact same pattern as - this top. Click on the link to get the FREE sewing pattern and tutorial. Amazing how different fabrics can completely change the look and feel of a top? It's a pretty fool proof...

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African Print Top

African Print Top I love this African Print Top so much that as fast as it comes out the wash I wear it again. It's exactly the same pattern as my - White Frill Hem Top. Head to that post to get the FREE sewing pattern and full sewing instructions. You need: – fabric...

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Easy Sweater Tutorial

Easy Sweater Tutorial Never made a sweater before? You can make an easy sweater with this this tutorial. Here's how: - You need: - make a pattern or download a Burda pattern knit fabric contrast colour knit fabric ribbing for the neck and cuffs sewing scissors pins...

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White Frill Hem Top

White Frill Hem Top I made this white frill hem top from a sheet that had a mark I could not remove. As with all my sewing projects this white frill hem top is ridiculously easy to make. No closures such as zips or button holes. No setting of sleeves. And no tailoring...

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White Frill Top

White Frill Top The inspiration for this white frill top is kind of everywhere in South Africa at the moment. Lovely fluffy, frilly tops and dresses abound. It's summer. Lots of sunshine. No rain. We have 6 weeks of water left before we hit - Day Zero - the day Cape...

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Summer Bikini Top

Summer Bikini Top This summer bikini top might prove useful if global warming kicks in this year. They have been predicting the hottest summer ever in Cape Town. Currently it's snowing on the mountains in some areas. So maybe not just yet. It's exactly the same top as...

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Square Camisole

Square Camisole I made this square camisole a while ago and have the benfit of having worn it a few times now. One thing I would do differently is make a fastening at the side. Or make the back in two parts and make an opening at the back of this square camisole. It's...

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DIY Tops – FREE Sewing Patterns

This post is a compilation of my free sewing patterns and tutorials for tops. Called it DIY Tops - FREE Sewing Patterns - for obvious reasons. The link to the tutorial is below each picture. Tapestry Top I'm sorry my posts have been so infrequent. I've been on the...

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Burda Sweater

Burda Sweater If I come across a Burda magazine, I page through it, and if I find easy patterns that I like, I buy the mag. Which is how I found this easy Burda sweater pattern. Any pattern that doesn't involve setting sleeves always get's my vote. You could take a...

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DIY Off Shoulder Top

DIY Off Shoulder Top I've joined the ranks of - off the shoulder top - loving folk. Perhaps it's because they've been off the fashion radar for so long? Or maybe it's because they look so fresh and summery? My DIY off shoulder top was made from an old sheet. Yip,...

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Camisole Sewing Tutorial

Camisole Sewing Tutorial I'm sure anyone who is on Pinterest with regard to DIY fashion or sewing has come across this gorgeous camisole top. It's not my idea. I would never have thought to take a semi circle, cut it half, sew it back together differently, and expect...

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Wide Top + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to make a wide top I have been wanting to make a wide top for a while now. I've made similar deconstructed tops and Wide top kimono tops. See them here: - One seam cowl neck top Silver square top Kimono top Tapestry panel top T shaped top But this one is seriously...

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My name is Karen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is about how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.


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